Hello from the Gillespies

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Penguin Books, 2014 - Amnesiacs - 518 pages
For more than thirty years, Angela Gillespie has sent friends and family around the world an end-of-year letter titled 'Hello from the Gillespies'. It's always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself - she tells the truth . . .The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband seems to be having a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can't stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together - and pull themselves together - in wonderfully surprising ways . . .From the bestselling author of The House of Memories comes a funny and heartfelt novel about miscommunication and mayhem in a family like no other.Praise for Monica McInerney:'McInerney's skills at creating family sagas keep getting better.' The Age'This is one of those rare books you could recommend to anyone and know that they will love it.' Australian Women's Weekly 'If you need more proof what a superior storyteller this author is, here it is.' West Australian 'A satisfying family drama . . . McInerney writes with a deep respect for her characters . . . a book written with humor and charm.' Kirkus''With deeply developed characters who will capture the heart, a plot that knows just when to twist and a cathartic marriage between the two protagonists, McInerney's novel is worth every page.' Romantic Times'With warmth, vivid characters, and a sharp eye toward observing twenty-first century life, Monica McInerney isn't just one of my favorite writers from down under, but from anywhere.' Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz

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User Review  - sandra.k.heinzman - LibraryThing

*I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review* Here is the synopsis, from Goodreads: For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around ... Read full review

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I don’t know what I was expecting when I read this book….but a book with such depth and full of amazing lessons was not it. I am delighted to say that this book surprised me, touched me and truly ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, Those Faraday Girls, At Home with the Templetons, Lola's Secret, The House of Memories and a short story collection, All Together Now.

Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year prize at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. In 2006 Monica was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out.

Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.

For further information go to monicamcinerney.com or connect with Monica on Facebook

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