Alice McDermott is an American novelist and the Professor of the Humanities at John Hopkin’s University. She has written a number of novels in her career including Charming Billy which won the US National Book Award for Fiction as well as an American Book Award.

Born in Brooklyn, New York; McDermott would go on to attend the State University of New York at Oswego where she received her bachelor’s degree before moving on to the University of New Hampshire where she got her MA. She taught at UCSD and American University before settling at John Hopkin’s. She married a neuroscientist and had three children whom she lives with outside of Washington, DC.

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Bigamist's Daughter (1982)Description / Buy at
That Night (1987)Description / Buy at
At Weddings and Wakes (1992)Description / Buy at
Charming Billy (1998)Description / Buy at
Child Of My Heart (2002)Description / Buy at
After This (2006)Description / Buy at
Someone (2013)Description / Buy at
The Ninth Hour (2017)Description / Buy at
Absolution (2023)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Collections

What About the Baby? (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Mondo Books

Mondo Barbie (With: John Varley,Lynne Barrett,Julia Alvarez,Philip Levine,A.M. Homes,David Trinidad,Sandra Cisneros,Marge Piercy,Gary Soto,Roberta Allen,Hilary Tham,Lyn Lifshin,Rebecca Brown,Denise Duhamel,Lucinda Ebersole,Richard Peabody,Jeanne Beaumont,Lynne McMahon,Kathryn Harrison,Patricia Storace,Richard Grayson,Leslie Shiel,Laura Costas,Sharon Henry,Cookie Lupton,Lisa B. Herskovits,Belinda Subraman,Ellie Schoenfeld,Sparrow .,Gregg Shapiro,Cathryn Hankla,Wayne E. Kline,Jose Padua,Jeff Weddle) (1993)Description / Buy at
Mondo Elvis (By: Howard Waldrop,Cornelius Eady,Mark Childress,Susie Mee,Nick Cave,Mark Winegardner,Rafael Alvarez,Greil Marcus,Pagan Kennedy,Lucinda Ebersole,Richard Peabody,Lynne McMahon,Cathryn Hankla,Samuel Charters,Rachel Salazar,Eleanor Earle Crockett,Diane Wakoski,Judy Vernon,David Wojahn,William McCranor Henderson,Janice Eidus,Elizabeth Ash Vélez,Laura Kalpakian,Eri Makino,Ai,Michael Wilkerson,Brian Gilmore) (1994)Description / Buy at
Mondo Marilyn (By: J.G. Ballard,Michael Hemmingson,Clive Barker,Doris Grumbach,Beth Meacham,Lynne Tillman,Charles Bukowski,David Trinidad,Tom Whalen,Sharon Olds,Leslie Pietrzyk,Lyn Lifshin,Nanci Griffith,Robert Peters,Lucinda Ebersole,Richard Peabody,Jeanne Beaumont,Gregg Shapiro,Judy Grahn,Sam Toperoff,Julia P. Dubner,Bill Morris,John Rechy,L.A. Lantz,Phyllis Burke,Hillary Johnson,Rita Valencia,Michael Lally,Eleanor E. Crocket,Taylor Mead,Susan Compo,Rosanne Daryl Thomas) (1995)Description / Buy at
Mondo James Dean (By: Lewis Shiner,Jack C. Haldeman II,Bentley Little,Michael Hemmingson,Chuck Taylor,Michael Martone,Louisa Ermelino,Terence Winch,Lucinda Ebersole,Richard Peabody,Sparrow .,Janice Eidus,Ai,Tino Villanueva,Edwin Corley,Robert Ready,Reuben Jackson,Stephanie Hart,D.E. Steward,David Plumb,Ed Graczyk,Hilary Howard,James Finney Boylan,Miranda Schwartz) (1996)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

Mondo Barbie(1993)Description / Buy at
Secret Ingredients(2007)Description / Buy at
Why I Like This Story(2019)Description / Buy at

If You Like Alice McDermott Books, You’ll Love…

Charming Billy is probably McDermott’s most renowned novel. Published in 1997, it tells the story of Billy who is the kind of guy everyone wishes they were. He has the gift of gab, everyone likes him and he always goes out of his way to help other people. He’s a great guy, but alcohol is always present in his life. When he meets an Irish girl working in the States as a nanny, he falls in love with her and the relationship and what happens with it, will become an excuse for the rest of his life’s actions. This book is a study on life, love and alcoholism that confronts the reader to think about some profound topics.

Another great read from McDermott is Someone. This book has an interesting structure as it tells the life of a woman through scattered recollections throughout a woman named Marie’s life. We meet her as a child, see her first heartbreak, marriage, children and so much more of her life. Readers have said that you just don’t read Marie’s story, you live it – through all of it’s incredible ups and downs.

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