Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

What They Say....For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth....

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping badly with retirement. Her thirty-two-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken away from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together—and pull themselves together—in wonderfully surprising ways….

What I Say....This was a cute little read for any mom who has ever wished they could close their eyes and transport themselves in the life they wished they had.
Angela is living on her family's land, wondering if her husband is having an internet affair, her grown children aren't making wise choices and the one child still living at home is a bit odd.  Although she seems to making the effort to get through the days, she has a pretty vivid imaginary life where she and her perfect husband live with their one perfect child. 
An accident causes amnesia for Angela, where she thinks she is a visitor at the ranch, waiting for her "perfect" family to arrive, which forces her family to step up and care for each other. 
While I don't have such an active imagination, I've definitely had moments where I wished for the perfect life.  This was a nice reminder that my perfect family is already in front of me.

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