Susan Jane Gilman http://wvasfm.org en 'Someone' Quietly Mesmerizes With Intimate, Ordinary Story http://wvasfm.org/post/someone-quietly-mesmerizes-intimate-ordinary-story I'll be honest. I often judge books by their titles — and <em>Someone</em>, isn't promising. It's generic, vague. Flat. And in the hands of a less talented author, this beautifully intimate novel would have been just that.<p>Nothing spectacular happens in Alice McDermott's latest work. Her protagonist, Marie, is largely unremarkable except for her stubbornness and her eyeglasses. She could be any young Irish woman sitting in a church pew or a luncheonette in Brooklyn. She yearns for love and autonomy and respect — but who doesn't? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Susan Jane Gilman 34425 at http://wvasfm.org 'Someone' Quietly Mesmerizes With Intimate, Ordinary Story 'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital http://wvasfm.org/post/five-days-ambiguous-morality-katrina-hit-hospital If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.<p>But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, <em>Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.</em> The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy.<p>On Aug. Sun, 08 Sep 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Susan Jane Gilman 34344 at http://wvasfm.org 'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital