Songs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, seventeen - involved with a troubled young priest; Norm, sixteen - hotheaded and idealistic; and Benjy, twelve - isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth only he knows about Duvall. Among a fascinating cast of characters we meet the children's alcoholic father, Sam Fermoyle, now living with his senile mother and embittered sister; Sam's meek brother-in-law, who makes anonymous "love" calls from the bathroom of his ailing appliance store; and the Klubock family, who - in complete contrast to the Fermoyles - live an orderly life in the perfect house next door.
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by Mary Morris
by Mary McGarry Morris
by Mary Alice Monroe
by Gilbert Morris, Lynn Morris
by Keith Lee Morris
by Mary Roach
"Although Sam Fremoil is a failure as a husband and a father, his alcoholic antics dominate the lives of his three adolescent children and their mother through shame and disappointment. The novel, chosen for Oprah's Book Club, portrays life in a small town in the summer of 1960. Sandra Burr races through the first cassette at marathon speed, leaving the listener with a blur of angry characters and hurried exposition. She reaches her stride in the second cassette, and only then does one appreciate her gift for mimicry and character creation. There is a sameness about her reading, and her pleasant voice neither creates atmosphere nor alters surroundings. Ignoring the author's intentions, she speaks the dialogue with little shading of emotion. J.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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