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Mimi Malloy, At Last!: A Novel

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  236 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Picador
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Indeanna
Not normally the type of book that I would have picked off the shelf to read, but I received a copy through the Goodreads First Read giveaways. Glad I did! I Couldn't help to like Mimi from the very beginning. It was like getting to know Maxine the Shoebox Greeting card lady before she began her card career! Although the plot isn't an edge of your seat thriller, it does make you want to keep reading. There is plenty of humor, a little romance, and a little bit of mystery.
Dorothy
At first I was not very sympathetic toward the main character of this novel, Mimi Malloy, a reluctantly retired 60-ish divorcee with six daughters, but as the story was told, with wit and humor, I began to like her more. If nothing else this book taught me not to accept someone at face value or by a single encounter; take time to get to know and understand another person, peel back a few layers, and you may be surprised by what you find.
I cannot say that the answer to the big mystery of the bo
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Rhonda
You will fall in love with Mimi. A woman in her late sixties a newly retired divorcee.mimi has a joy for life no matter how her daughters or sisters who love her very much interfere she cherishes her apt& her family.a friendship with Duffy the super blossoms into so much more.I was totally charmed from the first page.
Amy
It is a rare and talented writer that can tackle the darkest and most serious topics with warmth and humor. Julia MacDonnell proves herself to be solidly in this group with novel, Mimi Malloy, at Last! When readers are first introduced to Mimi she is a cranky, chain smoking, hard drinking woman in her sixties. One of seven sisters of a Depression Era Irish Catholic family of Boston, Mimi is used to being busy and to hard work. Divorced for years and the mother of six strong willed daughters Mimi ...more
JoAnne Pulcino
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Sandy Neal
This book was a Goodreads Giveaway advance copy.

I loved it! I will keep this book and re-read it! And I don't usually do that!

Mimi Malloy is a mature woman who is happy living alone in her modest little apartment. She is having some problems remembering things these days but is not ready to give up the right to live as she chooses: with a cigarette in hand, a highball in the evening and thinking about the present, not the past.

This novel deals heads on with various coping styles, family dynamic
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Niffer
I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This was a really wonderful book, sappy and sweet, about generation gaps and broken families and love and frustration and learning to accept the past and look forward to the future. I really enjoyed this book.
Joan Hanna
MacDonnell weaves the present, the past, and all the possibilities for the future into an interesting fabric that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit. And while we begin the story wanting Mimi to be safe, we end the story realizing that she is truly the master of her life in ways we could never have imagined. I don’t want to give you any spoilers, but once Mimi gets under your skin, you will not be able to put this book down. You will love Mimi’s determination, you will love how she ...more
JanB
The cover of the book is whimsical and looks like a light fluffy summer read, but don’t judge a book by its cover. There’s humor, but there’s also a sadness and heartache in this story of a rather quirky 68 year old divorcée. Mimi lives alone after being dumped by her husband for a younger woman, and has recently been forced into retirement. Her daughters are worried about Mimi’s memory and when an MRI shows signs of TIAs, there is a campaign to convince her to move to an assisted living facilit ...more
Marcy
I received a free ARC of this book through the GoodReads First Reads program.

I have to say, from the get-go, I felt I was meant to love this book. My ARC's cover art is quite different from what is pictured on the site presently; while the general rule is that one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the minute I pulled the blue-and-patterned book from its package and saw that the only thing the actual cover had in common with what I'd seen online was the font choice, it was immediately bumped u
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Joanie Driemeyer
I really disliked it at first. By the time I finished, it was OK. But just OK. Way too many characters (the main character, 6 sisters and 6 daughters, plus the love interest) The story didn't really flow - the skipping back and forth between past and present can work, but didn't transition well in this book. It treated a serious subject (child abuse) in too lighthearted of an approach.
Maura
First the disclaimer: I received this book as part of the GoodReads free giveaway program. That said, this is a fantastic book! Engaging from the first page, all the characters are well written and fleshed out with details, and very believable. As you read, you'll be drawn in further to an engaging story of betrayal, loss, courage and laughter. While the family is Irish Catholic from Boston, the issues of aging, being estranged from family members, keeping family secrets, and family loyalty are ...more
Janice
I loved this story, and Mimi is such a well-drawn character. Mimi is in her late 60's, and many of her memories seem to be gone, or muddled. But at the same time, other long buried memories, most from her troubled childhood, seem to be bubbling up, sometimes erupting to fill the "black holes" a neurologist tells her he has found in her brain. And her personal relationships are very rocky as well. The oldest surviving of 7 sisters (3 now deceased), and the mother of 6 daughters, Mimi struggles wi ...more
Joyce
This is the first novel I have been able to get through in a long time.

Mimi Malloy is a 60+ woman whose life has changed entirely. Divorced, laid off from her job, living in a small apartment, she gets to be her own self for the first time in forever. Married at 19, delivering 6 daughters in a short time frame behaving as a good wife and mother should years ago, she now enjoys her own company, thoughts and time table.

But, with time to think and the interference of her sisters and daughters, sh
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Jan
After finishing “Mimi Malloy, At Last!” (at last!), I submit that this was one ambitious effort by author Julia MacDonnell. Start with a spunky divorced and retired woman, give her six sisters and six adult daughters, throw in some seriously repressed memories, a vile stepmother, a few ghosts, some Irish fairy lore, plus a love interest with his own family issues, and then give each chapter the title of a Frank Sinatra song and try to tie it all up neatly with a bow.

At first I expected a romp of
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Jan
I try not to look at others' reviews before I write mine because I'm a person who usually just goes along with the flow unless there is an injustice involved. So when I don't like a book as much as other people did, I feel bad. Is there something wrong with the way I think?? But being 59 years old, I guess I need to get over that! So here goes!

I really did not love this book. I liked it...it was okay. Mimi Malloy was an okay character. I think I could have been friends with her. But I had a hard
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BookPage® Review by Megan Fishmann

It has been 20 years since Julia MacDonnell wrote her first novel, A Year of Favor. But readers will find her highly entertaining and heartfelt second novel, Mimi Malloy, at Last!, well worth the wait.

At 68, Mimi Malloy finds herself divorced, forced into early retirement and spending her days fending off check-in phone calls from her six daughters and four surviving sisters. Having lost her husband to a much younger secretary, she bides her
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Lorilin
Mimi Malloy, At Last, by Julia MacDonnell, is the story of an almost-seventy-year old woman who is forced to confront her painful past when one of her grandchildren asks her to help him complete a genealogy project for school.

I absolutely love the premise of this book--and really any book that involves a character reflecting back on her life, taking stock. So it surprises me even now to say that I hated Mimi Malloy, At Last so, so much. The story was slow and irredeemably depressing. Honestly, b
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Mari
I somehow expected this book to be light, entertaining and of the Marian Keyes variety (which I love). I was all off and I couldn't be happier. This book may not resonate for under 50s and being Irish adds another level of charm. I did not want to put it down, even to needlepoint! It also speaks to the sense of memories, how clear are they,how exact is the information passed to us by the generation before us... Don't miss it!!!
Carol
This book has gotten so many raves in so many different arenas, I raced to the library when it came in to be the first to get it. However, I became mired down with too many characters. By the time I realized I should have been keeping a written record of who was who, it was too late -- I would have had to start over…..

There was Mimi who had a father a mother a step-mother and five sisters and all of their families (husbands and ex-husbands, children, their husbands, wives, etc.). Then Mimi had s
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Nakeisha Campbell
Mimi Malloy may have been laid off, divorced by her husband and left with no assets, but these things won’t prevent her from enjoying her laid-back, simple life. As long as she’s got herself a clean home, a few cigarettes, a good drink and some Frank Sinatra on her stereo, she is golden. However, things start to go haywire when one of her daughters drags her to the doctor for her memory problems. Mimi soon learns that there are many “black spots” in her brain, which means that most of it has bee ...more
Jenni V.
I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

4.5 almost perfect stars!
I could listen to elderly people tell me their life stories all day so it was very easy for me to get lost in this book. I love Mimi. She's quirky, spunky, and even a little flirty. The interactions between her and her super, Duffy, were absolutely adorable.
This was a deceptively light read. Mimi's memories were very heavy but while I felt sorrow and regret for her, I didn't walk away with a melancholy feeling
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Jamie Archer
My aunt sent me a copy that was signed along with a personal note to me by the author, so I'm a little biased.

To be honest, I had a harder time getting into this book, but when I kept with it, there was a snowball effect and ended up staying up way too late to finish it! There is such an interesting mix of comedy and drama, laughter and heartbreak, romance and mystery in this story. It is the perfect balance. It was lighthearted with sudden depth. It was a lot of things that you don't often find
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Robin
As a librarian, I read loads of reviews and see advertising for books all the time. And, of course, I see books in the library's collection as they're being processed or those already on the shelves and I want to read them all! But, like the rest of the world, my reading time is limited so I am selective. It's tough for me to recall what it was in the book's review of this title that drew me to place a hold on it. Maybe because the female protagonist is 69, divorced and frustrated with her offsp ...more
Sue
The picture on the cover shows a nice gray haired lady sitting peacefully in a lounge chair...hmmm.. I think if you are Irish, if you are Irish and Catholic, and if you come from a big family this book is for you.. Mimi comes from a family of six sisters and she has six daughters.. she has just been RIFed from her job and moved into an apartment.. her oldest daughter wants to help run her life but Mimi keeps remembering things from her childhood and a lot of them are not very good.. and she has ...more
Deborah Shaw
I was a goodreads winner. It was a nice book to read. I didn't want to put it down.
Tonya
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
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Katrina
This is a gem of a novel; it is simple but addresses common human experiences...aging, divorce,downsizing one's lifestyle, sisterhood and parenting in a humorous but tender manner. This is the story of retired and divorced Mimi, badgered by her meddling daughters to enter a senior citizen complex and coping ineffectively with repressed memories of a painful childhood. The characters in this novel are flawed and complex yet likeable and identifiable.
Meg
The apostrophe in the title, the breezy jacket blurbs, the GoodReads synopsis all lead you to believe that this is "Hen Lit" - Mimi Malloy finds herself 15 years after divorcing her charming, handsome and somewhat cruel husband. But the backstory is beyond grim - Mimi grew up in grinding poverty with a charming handsome father and an Evil Evil Stepmother. I was sucked into the story, but found the telling somewhat jarring.
Stacey
Stopped at the half way point-lots of repetitiveness with regards to the main character's complaints-perhaps better for an older reader who would feel more sympathetic to the main character. I feel uncharitable saying that-but I just couldn't relate. I also didn't find the plot intriguing enough to want to finish. I did find the local color interesting since I live outside of Boston.
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Julia MacDonnell’s fiction has appeared in many literary magazines, and her story "Soy Paco" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her journalism has been featured in The Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. A tenured professor at Rowan University, she is the nonfiction editor of Philadelphia Stories. Mimi Malloy, At Last! is her first novel ...more
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