Title Profile & Character Information

Songs in Ordinary Time

Annotation
"Songs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, seventeen - involved with a troubled young priest; Norm, sixteen - hotheaded and idealistic; and Benjy, twelve - isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth only he knows about Duvall. Among a fascinating cast of characters we meet the children's alcoholic father, Sam Fermoyle, now living with his senile mother and embittered sister; Sam's meek brother-in-law, who makes anonymous "love" calls from the bathroom of his failing appliance store; and the Klubock family, who - in complete contrast to the Fermoyles - live an orderly life in the perfect house next door."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Characters
NameFermoyle, Marie
GenderFemale
OccupationSecretary
TraitsDivorced
Single mother

NameFermoyle, Sam
GenderMale
TraitsAlcoholic
Divorced

NameFermoyle, Norm
GenderMale
OccupationStudent

NameFermoyle, Alice
GenderFemale
OccupationStudent

NameFermoyle, Benji
GenderMale

NameDuvall, Omar
GenderMale
OccupationsCon man
 Salesman

GenreDomestic
Literary
Book tie-in
    --TV movie
Fiction
TopicsMurder
Alcoholism
Mothers and sons
Mothers and daughters
Family relationships
Single mothers
Dysfunctional families
Social isolation
Small town life
Poverty
Hope
SettingAtkinson, Vermont
Small town