McInerney's details of the isolated life on a station was so well done, I wanted to book one of Angela's tours. The letter was never meant to be sent but Angela is interrupted by an emergency her youngest son accidentally amputating the tip of a finger and her husband, who hasn't bothered to read the letters in years, thinks he is being helpful when he presses send. They were pretty annoying and hard to take. On 1st December every year Angela Gillespie sends out a newsletter email to everyone on her mailing list, keeping them up to date with the lives of her family. The characters were realistic but they tended to whine a bit too much. Their twins, Victoria and Genevieve also cause her concern with their love lives and lifestyles. She was a devoted wife and loved most the time spent with family and friends.
She then moves onto her husband Nick who no longer talks to her, has become obsessed with family research and is planning a trip to meet Gillespies from all over the world in Ireland without her. Things improved half way through, when the three girls were obliged to step up and pitch in more than they had been previously, but there was still some very immature behaviour that just made the characters seem less believable, in my opinion. Her husband Nick has become very distant, always on the computer arranging a large Gillespie family reunion. I coped with Nick even though he was a bit of a non event. Monica is survived by her husband George A.
A good family saga which I would have no problem recommending as such. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with all it's really cringe worthy moments. The author does a wonderful job of describing the out back and the characters interactions. I wanted an old fashioned Editor with a very sharp red pencil to unleash their talents on it! They all sound like teenagers. That said, it didn't I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with all it's really cringe worthy moments. Hello from the Gillespies is a wonderfully engaging story about an Australian ranching family that has been rocked by some hard times of late. I was laughing so hard, as McInerney has some clever one liners with the character's private thoughts mixed with the tragedy.
Hello from the Gillespies is her tenth novel, following on from her most recent successes, and. I found all three girls annoying as characters. But then tragedy truly does strike, and everything does change even more in ways that none of them could have anticipated. The premise is that Angela loses her sense of who she is and what is really important in her life. This is a fantastic read set on an Australian outback sheep station. However I loved Angela, Joan and Ig. Even the 10 year old acted like and was treated like by the rest of the family a 5 year old.
There will also be a memorial service in Minnesota for family and friends who cannot come to Florida, details to be announced later. McInerney gives the reader an original plot with a few twists, some of which are predictable, but this does not detract from the reading pleasure. Writing about such family dynamics with a light humorous tone reminded me of Dorothea Benton Frank's Low Country tales--there's the middle-aged mother, an old bitty for a matriarch, a gorgeous husband whose behavior is suspect, and the adult children who all come back home to live on the sprawling estate. They're a sweet clan but McInerney didn't expand on them individually, you were privy to a snippet of who they are lacki A sentimental story on the power of family, pulling together when they fall and rise. Then there is an accident and the family needs to pull together to surmount the consequences. I get very frustrated with stories when they make adults sound too young or immature. A sweet story, although a bit manufactured for my taste with wonderful themes.
A big chunky 600 page book, but the story moved along. She was never really going to send it but somehow writing about her worries is cathartic. And, for the most part, she has felt happy with her choices. Sometimes the truth really will set you free, even if it does burn in the beginning. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty. Her whininess is unbelievably annoying, and as she sits sewing cushions and imagining her success, she becomes more than a little bit adolescent-like. The therapeutic missive was supposed to be deleted, but in a mix up, Nick sends it out to 100 or so people.
His wife, Angela, who immigrated from England wh I read somewhere recently that everyone has a public life, a private life, and a secret life. From sibling rivalry, to old loves, from second guessing, to dreaming what if. She really pours her heart out about them all and about how she feels about them and her life in general. The dialogue is completely natural and McInerney conjures the feel of the dusty outback in all its moods with consummate ease. But their different problems and stories are all interesting, and once the tables are turned and they have to help Angela instead of the other way around they manage to pull together and create a happy ending for everybody.
But something has gone awry in the past year or so, leading to strange inexplicable feelings that suddenly come tumbling out as she types her annual letter. A heartfelt, witty and perceptive story about family, friendship and love, Hello from the Gillespies is an entertaining and charming read. Overall though, I'd recommend it. This book had me laughing and in tears at times, especially from about half way through. But a tragedy occurs and we really see what they're made of. A nice way to wind down summer read. For thirty three years, Angela Gillespie has sent a lighthearted letter on December 1st, updating family and friends on the lives of the Gillespies, who live on a large sheep station in outback South Australia, but this time when she sits down to write her annual missive she forgoes the usual niceties and vents her doubts about her marriage, her concerns about their financial affairs, her worries about her children, her frustrations with an interfering aunt and wonders, what could have been.
At that moment as she is about to delete it, there is a household emergency, sending them to the hospital, leaving the forgotten computer. She gets to the heart of what family is all about. I kept wondering why not even one of them was married yet and why everyone thought it was okay for three grown women to all lose their jobs and return home simultaneously to mummy. Later, the incident with Angela, Ig and the huntsman , had me shuddering as I read it. The Gillespie family was unique and interesting to start with. A story many will enjoy and relate to in many ways.
Instead of the usual picture-perfect image, she tells it like it is, complete with worries about all four of her children, her fears for her marriage, and her imaginings on what her life might have been like if she'd married someone else entirely. It's an interesting family story and for those that love slower-paced books, this may be just the right story for you. Why is Nick shut away in his office all the Angela Gillespie has the perfect life. Though, it doesn't' t quite happen that way. She wrote about her husband, Nick, who she was also worried about especially after he had leased out half of the sheep station to a mining company and never talked to her about it in advance. So this year Angela tells the truth in her letter, spelling out all her concerns about the family. Mostly the letter is positive and documents the growth of the family and the trials and tribulations of life on a huge cattle property in outback Australia.