In ‘Someone,’ Alice McDermott tells ‘ordinary’ woman’s tale

BY Arts Desk  October 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM EDT

Alice McDermott tells the story of an ordinary woman named Marie from childhood to death in her new novel, “Someone.” The narrative centers on a woman who is shy, plain, unremarkable on the surface, but has a very active internal life. Jeffrey Brown talks to McDermott about her inspirations for the character from her own life and about the creative process in writing the novel.

Listen to the extended interview with McDermott above. And listen to the author read an excerpt from her novel below: