Title: Mimi Malloy, At Last
Author: Julia MacDonnell
Publisher: Picador, April 2014
Summary/Review: Mimi Malloy, divorced and newly retired is settling into the twilight of her life. Her sisters and six daughters are ever present in her life and believe that her memory may be starting to fail. But a chance discovery of a locket in the top of her closet sets her on a path to remembering the dark unresolved secrets of her Irish Catholic childhood. After their mother passes away during childbirth, their father marries another woman who turns out to be the classic mean stepmother. After many failed attempts at discipline she even sends away the feistiest of the young girls to Ireland from which she never returns. As the sisters interact and Mimi remembers more and more we learn what really happened. The story has much interaction among the sisters and explores various mother daughter relationships. There is even a new romantic interest for Mimi, who also has a secret which he reveals to her. Always comfortable with herself and the life she now leads there is much humor and warmth in this novel. The difficulties of their dark early days have been overcome as they have remained very close. Family life, reconciliation and the power of memory are the major themes of this book.
Who will like this book: If you enjoy a story about older, independent women or family interactions you will enjoy this novel. If you like Maeve Binchy, you will probably like this.
If you like this try: The Good House by Ann Leary.
Recommended by: Jan, Admin
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