Songs in Ordinary Time


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Open Road Media
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5.51 X 8.5 X 1.6 inches | 2.0 pounds
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About the Author

Mary McGarry Morris grew up in Vermont and now lives on the North Shore in Massachusetts. Her first novel, Vanished, was published in 1988 and was nominated for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. A Dangerous Woman (1991) was chosen by Time magazine as one of the "Five Best Novels of the Year" and was made into a motion picture starring Debra Winger, Barbara Hershey, and Gabriel Byrne. Songs in Ordinary Time (1995) was an Oprah's Book Club selection, which propelled it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list for many weeks, and it was adapted for a TV movie starring Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges. Morris's other highly acclaimed works include the novels Fiona Range (2000), A Hole in the Universe (2004), The Lost Mother (2005), The Last Secret (2009), and Light from a Distant Star (2011), as well as the play MTL: The Insanity File.


"A novel large enough to live in, a sprawling piece about small-town life." --Booklist

"Deep and thick as a long, hot summer . . . The narrative of a town reminiscent of the collective ache of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." --The Boston Globe

"Morris can depict society's outsiders--people with bleak presents and no futures--with rare understanding and compassion. . . . Morris weaves the taut strands of her plot with remarkable skill, revealing how people with no financial security and few mental resources are controlled by others more feral and more dangerous. Throughout, she maintains the suspense . . . building to a heartstopping denouement, yet remaining strictly observant of the minutiae of daily life that give the book its honesty and pathos."--Publishers Weekly

"In her graphic, stiletto chapters, Mary McGarry Morris is a cross between Elizabeth Gaskell and David Lynch." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Morris's powers of observation create a depth that makes the characters' dilemmas seem as real as the reader's own. The book is alternately touching and sinister, but it resonates with authenticity." --The San Diego Tribune