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Mimi Malloy, at Last!

A Novel

By Julia MacDonnell

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 Boston—it 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 spots—areas of atrophy, her doctor says—it 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 return—specifically, 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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Book

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9781250041548


Format: Book
Author: MacDonnell, Julia
Summary: "Forced into an early retirement at the age of sixty-something, Mimi Malloy enjoys the simple things in life: True Blue cigarettes, her apartment in the heart of Quincy, and an evening with Frank Sinatra on the stereo and a Manhattan in her hand. Born into an Irish Catholic brood of seven, with six daughters of her own, she knows that life isn't just a bowl of cherries--that, sometimes, it's the pits. And when an MRI reveals that Mimi's brain is filled with black spots--areas of atrophy, her doctor says--the prospect living out her days in an "Old Timer's facility" starts to look like more than just an idea at the top of her eldest daughter's to-do list. Yet as Mimi prepares to take a stand, she stumbles upon an old pendant, and her memory starts to return--specifically, memories of a shockingly painful childhood, her long-lost sister Fagan, and the wicked stepmother she swore to forget. By turns funny, wise, and whimsical, and always deeply moving, Mimi Malloy At Last is an unforgettable story of second chances and the family bonds that break us and remake us. Above all, it's a poignant reminder that it's never too late for love--and that one can always come of age a second time"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Mimi Malloy, at last! : a novel / Julia MacDonnell.
Publisher Date: New York : Picador, 2014.
Subject: Retirement -- Fiction. Life change events -- Fiction. Memories -- Fiction. Families -- Fiction. FICTION / General. FICTION / Family Life. FICTION / Cultural Heritage.
Isbn: 9781250041548 (hbk.) 1250041546 (hbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 4
Call Number: F MacDonnell
Oclc: 849212109
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Bib Id: 510238

Format: Book
Author: MacDonnell, Julia.
Summary: "Forced into an early retirement at the age of sixty-something, Mimi Malloy enjoys the simple things in life: True Blue cigarettes, her apartment in the heart of Quincy, and an evening with Frank Sinatra on the stereo and a Manhattan in her hand. Born into an Irish Catholic brood of seven, with six daughters of her own, she knows that life isn't just a bowl of cherries--that, sometimes, it's the pits. And when an MRI reveals that Mimi's brain is filled with black spots--areas of atrophy, her doctor says--the prospect living out her days in an "Old Timer's facility" starts to look like more than just an idea at the top of her eldest daughter's to-do list. Yet as Mimi prepares to take a stand, she stumbles upon an old pendant, and her memory starts to return--specifically, memories of a shockingly painful childhood, her long-lost sister Fagan, and the wicked stepmother she swore to forget. By turns funny, wise, and whimsical, and always deeply moving, Mimi Malloy At Last is an unforgettable story of second chances and the family bonds that break us and remake us. Above all, it's a poignant reminder that it's never too late for love--and that one can always come of age a second time"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Mimi Malloy, at last! : a novel / Julia MacDonnell.
Edition: First Edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Picador, 2014.
Description: 276 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Retirement -- Fiction.
Subjects: Life change events -- Fiction.
Subjects: Memories -- Fiction.
Subjects: Families -- Fiction.
Subjects: FICTION / General.
Subjects: FICTION / Family Life.
Subjects: FICTION / Cultural Heritage.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
LCCN: 2013021147
ISBN: 9781250041548 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1250041546 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: F MacDonnell