Books The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott Hardcover, 247 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, List Price: $26 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Ninth HourAuthorAlice McDermott Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary A portrait of the Irish-American experience is presented through the story of an Irish immigrant's suicide and how it reverberates through innumerable lives in early 20th-century Catholic Brooklyn. Genres: Historical Fiction Fiction Also by Alice McDermott Someone That Night After This Charming Billy Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Ninth Hour Laura Roman/NPR Review Book Reviews Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017 Fresh Air December 12, 2017 Fresh Air's book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived." Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017 Listen · 6:42 6:42 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/568305196/570200735" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript NPR Books NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads December 5, 2017 The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Review Book Reviews In 'The Ninth Hour,' A Tonic For The Ills Of The World September 21, 2017 Alice McDermott's new novel immerses readers in the homely details of Irish Catholic Brooklyn in the early decades of the 20th century, but also addresses bigger, universal questions of love and life.