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Letter from Chicago [Paperback]

Cathy Kelly


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Book Description

January 2002 Open Door
An original short fiction by a popular writer of novels for young women Witty novella from a seasoned storyteller on competition between sisters. Elsie and Maisie live on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Regular letter writers, they tend to boast about their respective families. Over time, the gulf between fact and fiction grows immense, until a letter arrives from Chicago saying that Maisie's granddaughter is coming to stay with her Irish family. With no fancy house and little in the way of luxury, Elsies working-class family sets to work on inventive interior design.and the truth.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: New Island Books (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902602692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902602691
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,505,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cathy Kelly is the author of six other novels, all of which were #1 bestsellers in Ireland, as well as top ten bestsellers in England. "Someone Like You" was the Parker RNA Romantic Novel of the Year. Look for her story in "Irish Girls About Town, " also available from Downtown Press. Cathy lives in County Wicklow, Ireland, with her partner and their two sons.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  40 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time Dec 30 2011
By A. M. Kilian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For $4 you are buying ONE short story. What daylight robbery. Story was not inspiring or funny or anything like I've got used to with Cathy Kelly. Just one, short, boring story! Very disappointing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful! Nov. 19 2011
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was a very short but very special story. The author gives a wonderful insight into the lives of ordinary people who you find yourself rooting for right up until the end. I read it in under two hours - but they were great hours. Not every story needs to be a sweeping saga. Sometimes, it's the simple tales in life--that we can all relate to--which make for the most charming and memorable stories. You could buy a magazine for $5.00 read it under an hour, and forget in less than a minute. This story is much better value than that--and it's a keeper. :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars what book? Feb. 18 2012
By helsbels - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wow this isn't a book. Really wasn't worth what I paid for it. I'll be paying more attention to the file size before I buy from now on.
3.0 out of 5 stars A short story to warm your heart May 13 2014
By craig - Published on Amazon.com
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Cathy Kelly draws you in to her characters, you feel their frustration and their joy. A feel-good read for the weekend
4.0 out of 5 stars a feel-good ending April 23 2014
By Cloggie Downunder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Letter from Chicago is a novella by Irish author Cathy Kelly in the Open Door series. Sisters Elsie and Maisie are grandmothers who haven’t see each other for forty-five years: not since Maisie married and moved to Chicago, where Maisie’s family are now prosperous and important. But they exchange regular letters, and this is the root of the trouble when Maisie writes to say her granddaughter Charleen is coming to stay in Dublin. Elsie has perhaps exaggerated her own family’s good fortune just a bit, so her daughter Kim’s position as headmistress, her mansion in the country, her housekeeper and her children’s ponies exist more in Elsie’s imagination than in reality. Nonetheless, once she confesses, her resourceful younger daughter, Clodagh pulls the family together to save the day. And when Charleen and her friend arrive, certain truths are revealed. The plot may be predictable, but the execution is faultless; the characters are appealing and the novella has a feel-good ending.

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