For the past 33 years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-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 is coping poorly with retirement. Her 32-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her 10-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....
"[McInerney] brings Maeve Binchy readily to mind" (The Sydney Morning Herald)
"McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life" (Red Magazine)
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I recommend it to those who have not yet listened to it. It captured my interest quickly to the extent I looked forward to my daily walks so I could listen to the book. However I don't re-read books .....unless firm favourites from years ago.
I liked her sound. Good on the ear.
I liked the title as it captures where the whole story began, the premiss for the story.
I am a fan. The characters are each developed with care, so the listener has a v good picture of the key and subsidiary players.
- mgn "Bookworm"
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