Father Andrew M. Greeley, one of America's best-loved and most widely read novelists, has delighted readers with his ongoing chronicles of the crazy O'Malleys, a rambunctious but resourceful Irish-American family caught up in the sweep of modern American history. The previous novels in the saga have taken the O'Malleys of Chicago from the aftermath of World War II through the tumultuous upheavals of the sixties. Now, in Second Spring, Charles "Chucky" O'Malley and his growing clan face the promise and pitfalls of the late seventies. It's 1978 and the whole country, exhausted from the twin traumas of Vietnam and Watergate, is suffering from a massive hangover. Chucky O'Malley knows how the country feels; approaching fifty, he finds himself in the grip of a debilitating midlife crisis. Although he has much to be thankful for, including a loving wife and a thriving career as a professional photographer, he does not feel like a success. He hasn't lost his faith, exactly, but he does feel disillusioned and depressed. As he travels the world, from the Vatican, where a new pope is to be selected, to Jimmy Carter's White House, where an overwhelmed president struggles to find a cure for his nation's malaise, Chucky searches for a way to renew his weary spirit. Fortunately, he doesn't have to face this challenge alone. With the loving support of his family, and especially his irrepressible and adoring wife, Rosemarie, he just might rediscover his lost hope and optimism in time for a Second Spring.More
"A truly well-crafted read. The O'Malleys are a wonderful Irish family, full of good humor and love, against the backdrop of a very trying era in American history." (Romantic Times)
"A master storyteller." (author Nelson DeMille)
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horrible book...repetitive, unrealistic and boring
Needs a better editor...very repetitive and unrealistic as the central couple seems to be having sex continually with breaks to meet the pope and have art shows. Recycled the same characters from his earlier books but the have been diluted to whining, self centered cartoon-like characters
All done with Greeley
Cut the musical interludes...very distracting
Disappointment, embarrassed for the author
As a priest, Greeley assumes happy marriage requires wealth, fame, talent and daily sex.