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Mary and O'Neil

Mary and O'Neil

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Written by Justin CroninAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Justin Cronin

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
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  • Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
  • On Sale: January 29, 2002
  • Price: $15.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-33359-7 (0-385-33359-5)
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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**2002 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for First Fiction**

Justin Cronin’s poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O’Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope. From the formative experiences of their early adulthood to marriage, parenthood, and beyond, this novel in stories illuminates the moments of grace that enable Mary and O’Neil to make peace with the deep emotional legacies that haunt them: the sudden, mysterious death of O’Neil’s parents, Mary’s long-ago decision to end a pregnancy, O’Neil’s sister’s battle with illness and a troubled marriage. Alive with magical nuance and unexpected encounters, Mary and O’Neil celebrates the uncommon in common lives, and the redemptive power of love.