A story about the ordinary life of a young girl growing up in Brooklyn. You meet Marie on the front steps of their apartment building with her glasses. We follow her through her first job as “comforting angel” at the local funeral parlor. Her first broken heart. Her marriage and children. McDermott brings us everyday life of this Irish family with all its pain and joys, loves and trials. It’s a quiet book that all of us can relate to. A story of a family.