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Alice McDermott, “Absolution,” 2023

Alice McDermott, whose latest novel is “Absolution,” in conversation with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded December 12, 2023 via zencastr.

Alice McDermott is the author of eight other novels, including Charming Billy, which won the National Book Award in 1998, That Night, which was a National Book Award finalist, and was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist. She is also author of one non-fiction work, “What About the Baby?”

“Absolution” concerns the young wife of a Naval officer in Saigon in the spring and summer of 1963, who years later looks back on that time, from the vantage point of old age. The book has been popping up on several best of the year lists.