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Hello from the Gillespies / Monica McInerney.

By: McInerney, Monica [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 518 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781921901812 ; 1921901810 ; 9780143572848; 1921901810.Subject(s): Families -- Fiction | Family -- Fiction | Amnesiacs -- FictionGenre/Form: Australian fiction. | Domestic fiction.DDC classification: A823.4 Summary: For more than thirty years, Angela Gillespie has sent 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 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 ..
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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

For more than thirty years, Angela Gillespie has sent 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 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 ..

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Angela Gillespie is feeling low as the holidays approach, and so she writes her first honest Christmas letter in 30 years. Instead of glowing reports of yearlong successes, she composes an email of worries and disappointments over her husband and the life choices of her four children. Unfortunately, before she deletes it to rewrite a "real" letter, it is mistakenly sent to her huge list of contacts. The fallout from this event alone could fill a novel but it's not this one. After that startling beginning, McInerney (The House of Memories; Lola's Secret) tells a story of one crisis after another: breakups, pregnancies, lost children, Internet scams, car crashes, massive storms, and, finally, amnesia. Angela's epistolary lapse was only the first sign of larger changes destined to shake up members of this family. VERDICT Readers who enjoy multicharacter, drama-laden family stories like those of Susan Wiggs or Maeve Binchy will find this episodic tale engaging. Its appeal lies in the evocation of the modern Australian outback; thorough descriptions of landscapes and the social norms of the Gillespies' community lend authenticity to the story. Melanie Kindrachuk, Stratford P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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