The Chisellers (Agnes Brown Series #2)

The Chisellers (Agnes Brown Series #2)

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by Brendan O'Carroll
     
 

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The Mrs. Browne trilogy became an instant bestselling success in author Brendan O'Carroll's native Ireland. Similarly, when Plume introduced The Mammy (the first book in the series, May 1999) in the United States, it was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm from American readers. Fans of Agnes Browne craving further hilarious and heartwarming

Overview

The Mrs. Browne trilogy became an instant bestselling success in author Brendan O'Carroll's native Ireland. Similarly, when Plume introduced The Mammy (the first book in the series, May 1999) in the United States, it was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm from American readers. Fans of Agnes Browne craving further hilarious and heartwarming adventures will be delighted with The Chisellers. Agnes, the lovable and determined heroine, returns with her seven children—whom she affectionately calls "the chisellers"—all struggling to make their way in the world with varying degrees of success. To make matters more difficult, as Agnes struggles along the bumpy road of parenting, she learns that the family is about to be forced out of their tenement home in the name of urban renewal. Pierre, Agnes' persistent suitor, is thankfully on hand to console her. Like all good Irish stories, The Chisellers includes a wedding and a funeral, much laughter and some tears—and it is sure to please newcomers as well as loyal fans of this terrific series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
By turns funny, wise and heartbreaking, this Irish Tales of the City is O'Carroll's second book in his Mrs. Browne trilogy; the first, The Mammy, received high praise after publication in the U.S. last year. Featuring eccentric characters who are charming, irreverent and believable, the story continues in 1973 with Agnes Browne at center stage. A widow raising six sons and a daughter, whom she refers to collectively as the "chisellers," she lives in public housing in inner-city Dublin. Agnes is no angel, which makes her all the more human; she chain-smokes, likes a pint or two of an evening and has a sweet-dispositioned boyfriend, a French immigrant named Pierre, who works at a pizza joint and is endlessly patient with Agnes and her rambunctious brood. Mark Browne is the oldest; at 17, he is apprenticed to a furniture-maker whose business is failing. How Mark saves the business and wins the girl of his dreams inform the main storyline, but each of the siblings and Agnes get their fair share of attention. Frankie, the next in age, is involved with violent local skinheads. After he and his gang brutally beat his younger brother, Rory, a subsequent act further tarnishes Frankie's reputation and outrages his family. This lively novel features a wedding, a funeral and an ending that will melt the hardest heart. Readers will eagerly await the third book in this series. (Mar.) FYI: The film version of The Mammy, starring Anjelica Huston, is currently in release. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452281226
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Agnes Brown Series, #2
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
261,529
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.88(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Brendan O'Carroll, the youngest of eleven children, was born in Stonybatter, a North Dublin neighborhood, in 1955. He is an acclaimed playwright and Ireland's most popular stand-up comedian. The creator of a hugely successful Irish radio show, Mrs. Browne's Boys (the genesis of his novels), O'Carroll is also an actor and has a role in the upcoming film version of Angela's Ashes. All the books in his Mrs. Browne trilogy were #1 bestsellers in his native Ireland. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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Chisellers (Agnes Brown Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
mak49 More than 1 year ago
This author is absolutely wonderful--all the books in this series, including the prequel--are a joy to read. And the covers are wonderful--first time I ever remember being able to see the adult in the visage of a child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, indeed the whole series, will make you laugh out loud!
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Ohiogal More than 1 year ago
Brendan O'Carroll's style of writing is of one unique nature. The continuing story of Agnes Brown and her family has you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. You get to know each character and feel their emotions and share their daily routine! This entire trilogy is just wonderful. Please read The Mammy, The Chisellers, and The Granny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Brendan O'Carroll...if you have ever gone to Ireland and experienced the people and the culture than this is the book (one of a trilogy) to read...it's funny, poignant, and a delight...keep up the good work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story. I hadn't read the other books by this author but had no problem following the characters. There is something for everyone in this novel. I will be looking for the other novels now so I can read more about the Brownes!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having read The Mammy the day before (in one four period), I had the fortune of reading The Chisslers the next night as I had it also, Agnes is a great character....one that you simply love, love, LOVE! This book is an easy read, words flow comfertably, soem language is a wee salty...BUT NOT IN A CRUDE way. I look forward to reading the third book. Looking for a light enjoyable read? This is it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Chisellers is the second book of Brendan O'Carroll's trilogy. We re-visit the delightful family of Agnes Browne, a widow with seven children, or as she calls them, the 'chisellers'. This book takes place three years after The Mammy. The family lives in public housing and sells produce in her produce stall on Moore Street. The characters are delightful and truly believable. There continues to be a lot of emotion involving the characters. Agnes is involved with a Frenchman, Pierre, who works at the local pizza joint. He seems to be tested constantly in dealing with the Browne's, but tends to remain calm and supportive to Agnes. Agnes is a colorful woman and you just can't help loving her! Mark is the oldest son, and now at 17, has a 'chance of a lifetime' to save the furniture maker's business, with whom he has been an apprentice for the last several years. He is also struck with the love bug, and captures the heart of this special girl. But not all is rosy for Agnes' family. Frankie, the second son, becomes involved with a local group of skinheads, who show their violence by hurting one of Agnes' chisellers. Rory, the third son, also has his bout with trouble. This is a fast moving novel and leaves you wanting more. Not many novels of this size, only 230 pages, is this jam-packed with so much action. The Browne's have certainly stolen my heart and I can't wait for the next book in this trilogy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After you read The Mammy you have to continue with this one.......You laugh, cry, smile...It just warms your heart!!!!