Meet Mimi Malloy: A daughter of the Great Depression, Mimi was born into an Irish-Catholic brood of seven, and she has done her best to raise six beautiful daughters of her own. Now they're grown, and Mimi, a divorcée, is unexpectedly retired. But she takes solace in the comforts of her new life: her apartment in the heart of Quincy, the occasional True Blue cigarette, and evenings with Frank Sinatra on the stereo and a highball in her hand.
Yet her phone is arguably the busiest in greater Bostonit rings "Day In, Day Out," as Ol' Blue Eyes would say. Her surviving sisters love to gab about their girlhood, while her eldest daughter, Cassandra, calls every morning to preach the gospel of assisted living. And when an MRI reveals that Mimi's brain is filled with black spotsareas of atrophy, her doctor saysit looks like she's destined to spend her days in "one of those storage facilities for unwanted antiques."
Mimi knows her mind is (more or less) as sharp as ever, and she won't go down without a fight. Yet as she prepares to take her stand, she stumbles upon an old pendant of her mother's and, slowly, her memory starts to returnspecifically, recollections of a shocking and painful childhood, including her sister who was sent away to Ireland and the wicked stepmother she swore to forget.
Out of the ashes of Mimi's deeply troubled history, Julia MacDonnell gives us a redemptive story of the family bonds that break us and remake us. Mimi Malloy, At Last! is an unforgettable novel, alive with humor, unexpected romance, and the magic of hard-earned insight: a poignant reminder that it's never too late to fall in love and that one can always come of age a second time.
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About the Author
Julia MacDonnell's fiction has been published in many literary magazines, and her story "Soy Paco" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her journalism has appeared in The Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, and the Columbia Journalism Review, 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mimi Malloy is 69, living in Quincy, Massachusetts. Recently retired, Mimi is bustled into a doctor's office where she undergoes a brain scan and learns that she has dark spots indicating atrophy and warned that she must change her habits or risk stroke and death. In this well-crafted novel, Mimi not only refuses to get with the program foisted upon her by an overbearing daughter, but slowly faces the deaths, secrets, betrayals, and terrible silences of a painful past. As Mimi does this, she comes to a fuller appreciation of herself and the life that she has lived, falls in love with a man facing his own challenges, and comes to a fuller, richer love of her family. Well-written and filled with believable, multifaceted characters, this story flows effortlessly to an outstanding conclusion. Not all mysteries are explained, nor all events managed and understood, much like a fully lived life of love and connection. Significantly, the book is grounded in Massachusetts so firmly that you believe that you're there. I like Mimi. I ache for her losses and the sorrows that she has borne, and admire her courage in going down into the dark basement of memory to emerge with treasure to share. Her coming to terms with people and events long denied inspires others to do the same. I wish she were a real person that I could sit with over a cup of coffee or one of her beloved Manhattan cocktails.
I found this book a little too wordy for my taste. Again too many characters to keep track of, too descriptive for my taste in novels. It was a looooong read for me. I did like the story line which was why I chose to purchase this book and read till the end. I was not surprised by the ending, which I rather read with a twist at the end However, I tip my hat to the author for her accomplishment
It's a good easy reading, book to realx with.