L.S. Klepp
March 19, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

At Weddings and Wakes

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alice McDermott
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

Set mostly in Brooklyn during the early ’60s, Alice McDermott’s third novel, At Weddings and Wakes, is an Irish-American gothic, an agonizing postmortem on a family of sisters whose angers and resentments are ”somehow prescribed, part of the daily and necessary schedule, merely the routine.” A

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