Mimi Malloy, at Last!.pdf
"Julia MacDonnell's "Mimi Malloy, At Last! "is a triumph and a delight! Mimi is a gal you'll take into your heart--Irish and Catholic to her core, at once steely-eyed and unsentimental about a tragic childhood and even tougher breaks experienced as a mother in working-class Quincy, Mass., raising six daughters and dealing with a charming cheat of a husband. Divorced and down-sized, Mimi treasures her solitude, but when troubling memories--and an unexpected suitor--show up, she is able to see through the mists of time to find a clear-eyed vision of forgiveness and acceptance. This is a novel of such heart and hope--and, yes, humor. I wouldn't trust anybody who couldn't fall for "Mimi Malloy, At Last!.""--Mary Kay Andrews, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Ladies' Night """Mimi Malloy, At Last!" is funny, wise, and devastating. Julia MacDonnell writes with tender insight, letting Mimi's old memories crack the defense of humor, allowing the buried truths of her family and childhood to shine through. It's very Irish. . . I loved it." --"New York Times" bestselling author Luanne Rice "The end of life becomes an unexpected beginning in Julia MacDonnell's moving, funny masterpiece about love, memory, and the family ties we sometimes need to untangle. Absolutely captivating."--Caroline Leavitt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pictures of You" and "Is This Tomorrow ""I love Mimi! Such a feisty, endearing, hilarious character--yet also very vulnerable as the threads of her painful Irish-American past begin to unravel. Julia MacDonnell's fluent writing beautifully observes the iniquities of old age and the complexities of family. But also the benefits of both.What a wonderful book."--Hilary Boyd, author of" Thursdays in the Park ""A love letter to sisterhood, Frank Sinatra, late-in-life romance, and the enduring ties of family. The book's narrator calls to mind a Boston-Irish Olive Kitteridge, as peppery as she is big-hearted. "Mimi Ma
JULIA MACDONNELL's fiction has appeared in many literary magazines, and her story "Soy Paco" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her journalism has been featured in "The Boston Globe, " the New York "Daily News, "and "The Philadelphia Inquirer, " among other publications. A tenured professor at Rowan University, she is the nonfiction editor of "Philadelphia Stories." "Mimi Malloy, At Last!" is her first novel in twenty years.
A FUNNY, DEEPLY MOVING STORY OF SECOND CHANCES AND LATE-LIFE ROMANCES, TOLD BY THE MOST STRAIGHT-TALKING WOMAN YOU'LL EVER MEET. Forced into an early retirement at the age of sixty-something, Mimi Malloy enjoys the simple things in life: True Blue cigarettes, her apartment in the heart of Quincy, and an evening with Frank Sinatra on the stereo and a Manhattan in her hand. Born into an Irish Catholic brood of seven, with six beautiful daughters of her own, she knows that life isn't just a bowl of cherries--that, sometimes, it's the pits. And when an MRI reveals that Mimi's brain is filled with black spots--areas of atrophy, her doctor says--the prospect living out her days in an "Old Timer's facility" starts to look like more than just an idea at the top of her eldest daughter's to-do list. Yet as Mimi prepares to take a stand, she stumbles upon an old pendant, and her memory starts to return--specifically, recollections of a shockingly painful childhood, her long-lost sister Fagan, and the wicked stepmother she swore to forget. By turns funny, wise, and whimsical, and always deeply moving, Julia MacDonnell's "Mimi Malloy, At Last!" is an unforgettable story of second chances and the family bonds that break us and remake us. Above all, it's a poignant reminder that it's never too late to fall in love--and that one can always come of age a second time.