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Those Faraday Girls [Paperback]

Monica McInerney
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April 4 2008

From the bestselling author of Family Baggage and The Alphabet Sisters comes a warm and captivating story of family secrets, traditions and ties.

As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household with her young mother, four very different aunts and her eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, her aunts took turns to look after her – until, just weeks before Maggie’s sixth birthday, a shocking event changed everything.

Twenty years on, Maggie is living alone in New York City when a surprise visit from her grandfather brings a revelation and a proposition to reunite the family. As the Faradays gather in Ireland, Maggie begins to realize that the women she thought she knew so intimately all have something to hide...

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MONICA MCINERNEY grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. She has worked in children’s television, arts marketing, the music industry, public relations and book publishing and lived all around Australia and in Ireland and England. Her first two novels THE ALPHABET SISTERS and FAMILY BAGGAGE were bestsellers in Australia and Ireland and are published in translation in Europe. She now lives in Dublin with her husband.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The drama of a large family. Aug. 20 2007
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
In Part One, the story is set in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia). The year is 1979. The Faraday family consists of Leo (the father) and five sisters. Tessa, the girls' mother has been dead several years now. Juliet is the oldest. She is twenty-eight, hardworking, and loves to cook. Miranda is twenty-one, a drama queen, and rude to everyone. Eliza is nineteen, determined, and in college to study physical education and accountancy. Sadie is eighteen, always anxious and feeling like an outcast. However, the one most focused upon is the youngest. Clementine "Clem" is sixteen. She is the most level-headed in the family and three months pregnant. Maggie is born in February, 1980. All four aunts help Clem care for Maggie. Sadie, however, insists on doing the most. Clem builds her career and spends all her free time with Maggie. Problem is that Sadie begins to think of herself as Maggie's surrogate mother. It all comes to a head when Maggie is six-years-old. Sadie does something so horrible that she decides to disappear forever. The only Faraday Sadie wants contact with is Maggie and only via the local priest acting as a go-between. Once a year, Sadie sends Maggie a Christmas card. The priest brings the card to Maggie each year and forwards Maggie's reply to Sadie.

In Part Two, Maggie is twenty-six. The setting begins in Greenwich Village, New York (USA). The year is 2000. Until recently, Maggie was an accountant in London. But two events within hours of each other have Maggie en route to New York and seriously considering a career change. Leo's love of inventing has accumulated quite a bit on money. Every July the Faraday clan meets up in "the holiday house" in Ireland. This year, Leo needs Maggie's help. Leo thinks he knows where Sadie is, thanks to a private detective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read Sept. 8 2012
By Ein Leser - Published on
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I enjoyed this book and read it through in no time. The different characters in the Faraday Family where portrayed fairly realistically. The premise that the family turns out to be far less happy and harmonious than one first thinks, makes the book interesting and compells you to read on.

I was a bit put off by the fact that in my Kindle Version, the "l"s were missing behind the "f"s. The flight assistant was a "fight" assistant. A flat was the "fat", flew was "few" and in one instance fly was "fy". Very strange. In my opinion, this needs seeing to.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It Feb. 6 2014
By Shirley Code - Published on
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I have learned so much from this book and along the way I have enjoyed it thoroughly. I am writing my first book and I hope the clever way this story is written, will rub off on me. McInerney has given us suspense aplenty. Everyone should read at least one of her books. Maybe I'm behind the times but until now I didn't know that this kind of story could have me glued to the pages because I wanted to know what happened next and next ...
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down! Dec 5 2013
By mrsgillies - Published on
I can't remember if i started reading this on Monday night or Tuesday sometime but i finished it at lunch on Thursday. I couldn't put it down (and just a side note, the book is two inches thick). I was disciplined enough to stop reading at midnight so i could actually get up for work (i still was late) but every spare waking moment i was reading it. In my two and a half hour lunch break i allowed myself to read it if i made lunch and did the wash-up. Screw the rest of the housework (and that's big coming from Dame Wash-A-Lot).

If you like family saga, this is your book. It has a great plot, with plenty of drama and secrets. There is enough information given to be satisfied and enough unknown to keep you on your toes (as you can see from how fast i read it). I was a little disappointed in the ending, not because it was bad, it was just on the more realistic side. I suppose i was hoping for a fairytale ending, which if it was i probably would have said `The ending was quite unrealistic, after all the family went through, the fact it ended like a fairytale made it boring and predictable'. Haha. Can't win. I would definitely read this again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Faraday Girls. Nov. 25 2013
By Anne Pearson - Published on
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Another one of my favourite authors who writes in the Maeve Binchy style. i like the way she moves from Australia to Ireland and other countries. I have read just about all of her books and particularly liked those about The Alphabet Sisters
4.0 out of 5 stars A good plot to keep you interested Sept. 23 2013
By Trish - Published on
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A story that many women could relate to, with lots of humour and beleivable characters and situations. well written, great for holiday or relasing reading
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