Clement & Loving

After This

Alice McDermott

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24, 279 pp.

There is a scene early in After This, Alice McDermott’s latest novel, set in the parking lot of a public beach on Long Island. The time is Sunday morning, in mid-September, in the late 1950s or early 1960s. John and Mary Keane, the Irish-American parents of three young children, have decided to take a short car trip to the nearby shore. A hurricane is moving up the coast, and though still far to the south, its approach has stirred in...

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About the Author

Peter Quinn is the author of three novels, including The Man Who Never Returned (Overlook).