This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth. Her thirty-two-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Monica and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin, Ireland. You know the sort - full of good, cheerful news of the families doings and achievements with a couple of photos. Although the novel deals with these very real issues it is a very entertaining, often humorous read. Not since Bett's fiancé left her for another sister. The welcoming host and tour guide.
This book was 600 pages long, and I'd say 100 of them could have easily been chopped right off, and probably another 75 wouldn't be missed. Oh, you must love all that sunshine, English school friends had written over the years. Twenty years on, Maggie is living alone in New York City when a surprise visit from her grandfather brings a revelation and a proposition to reunite the family. She reached for the first picture, studying it closely, clearly remembering this early moment of their married lives. First the carcass of a spider-like alien is discovered. Here, the weather was a wild creature, fierce, untamed, with a mind of its own. However I don't re-read books.
Now Lola, their larger-than-life grandmother, summons them home for a birthday extravaganza and a surprise announcement. At times I felt it could have moved along a little quicker, but at the same time I savoured every bit. Angela knew she wouldn't send this letter off to friends and family, but in the next moment, Angela attends to an unexpected family crisis and in her absence the letter is accidentally sent out. Which was why their fourth and definitely final child was baptised Ignatius Sean Aloysius Joseph Gillespie. As for recent photos of herself and Nick together. Great themes which made the story whimsically delightful. I recommend it to those who have not yet listened to it.
Full of heart and exquisitely written pain this is one of those novels that will stay with the reader for a long time. . Enjoy this perfect little gift from one of Australia's best-loved authors. In this latest shot she looked like she was on the way to a fancy-dress party, her newly acquired bright-blue dreadlocks tied in a loose knot on top of her head, her dark eyes heavy with eyeliner, as usual, and alight with mischief, also as usual. A very readable depiction of Australian life! Nick's new hobby of tracing his family tree will resonate with many whose families emigrated to a new country.
Beside it, the rose bush that Nick had planted for her as a surprise first-anniversary present, which still miraculously produced bright-red blooms, despite the droughts and heatwaves it had endured. It were as if an Australian version had walked in. But this year is different. Her husband is coping poorly with retirement. Definitely a book you will read again and again. Is that what she wants? And what follows is no less than guerrilla warfare on the aliens' planet--and alien conquest on Earth! Genevieve comes home for good, and Nick is planning his first overseas trip without Angela. Everything is great with us, after another action-packed and fun-filled year for all the Gillespies.
This is a story about a family and all the love and frustration that comes with having a family. But just as the rifts begin to close, the Alphabet Sisters face a test none of them ever imagined. A great read, not too taxing on thebrain and I empathised. The writing is accessible with natural dialogue. Is that what she wants? Add in Joan, the close friend of Angela's and Celia, Nick's elderly aunt and you have great cast of characters.
In some ways this was a wonderful family story and some of it rang very true in a realistic way. And her youngest child spends all of his time talking to an imaginary friend. With her mother often away, all four aunts took turns looking after her - until, just weeks before Maggie's sixth birthday, a shocking event changed everything. Ulli Birvé's performance was spot on, and her subtle changes of accent and tone to make each character unique were nearly perfect. Enjoy this perfect little gift from one of Australia's best-loved authors. She was due a break. But this year is different.
What was the trigger this time? Angela now sends out one hundred copies of her letter to friends and family worldwide. But their different problems and stories are all interesting, and once the tables are turned and they have to help Angela instead of the other way around they manage to pull together and create a happy ending for everybody. I really enjoyed this story by Monica McInerney. I am still working on sorting my thoughts out on it. Little do they know that the cargo they carry with them is a legacy of death that they will ultimately have to face. Angela's friend Joan reminds me of the many wonderful country women I have met who are all so generous with their help and time and Celia, Nick's aunt is a delightfully crabby old lady.