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16 November 2017 | by Markie Robson-Scott

Behind the veil


The ninth hour after dawn, when the liturgical office of nones is said, is a treacherous time in Alice McDermott’s wonderful eighth novel set in the early 1900s, when nuns held sway on the streets of Brooklyn, depression was known as melancholy and the civil war was within living memory.


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