Monica McInerney grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia, where her father was the railway stationmaster. She is the author of the internationally bestselling novels The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, The Faraday Girls, Upside Down Inside Out, Greetings from Somewhere Else, At Home with the Templetons, and Lola’s Secret. She now lives in Dublin with her husband.
Sweet Charity: A Short Storyby Monica McInerney
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In this delightful eBook short story, Monica McInerney, internationally bestselling author of The Alphabet Sisters, returns to one of her warmest, wisest, and most memorable characters: the irrepressible Lola Quinlan, quick with a smile and spot of tea, who always has a generous dose of mischief up her sleeve.
Lola Quinlan’s small secondhand shop in the Clare Valley, Australia, is more than just a store—it’s a loving community, a place to feel at home. In her golden years but still young at heart, Lola is delighted when the local teenagers start dropping in, browsing for outfits and gossiping about the upcoming school dance. Yet amid the flurry of excitement, Lola overhears some troubling news: One boy is planning a mean-spirited prank on a group of girls, and Lola does not intend to let him get away with it. With her dear friends by her side, she whips up a plan that will have the whole school talking, and will prove that nice guys—and girls—can finish first.
Includes the first chapter of Monica McInerney’s acclaimed The Alphabet Sisters, and an exclusive preview of her upcoming novel, Lola’s Secret.
Praise for Monica McInerney
The Alphabet Sisters
“Vivid characterizations and sharply honed dialogue . . . McInerney brings humor and insight to issues of sibling rivalry, family secrecy, and romantic betrayal.”—The Boston Globe
“[A] gentle, life-affirming story. We come away feeling better about the world and, maybe, just a little more tender towards those close to us.”—Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
“Exploring universal family issues of loss, rivalry, aging and grief, this is a warm, witty and moving novel.”—Woman’s Day (Australia)
“[McInerney’s] assured writing sparkles. . . . When you reach the end, [this novel] will leave you feeling like you’ve been given a huge, warm hug.”—Hello! magazine
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