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"Crossing the globe, from Australia to Manhattan to Dublin, McInerney's bewitching multigenerational saga lavishly and lovingly explores the resiliency and fragility of familybonds."-"Booklist"
"Vivid characterizations and sharply honed dialogue . . . McInerney brings humor and insight to issues of sibling rivalry, familysecrecy, and romantic betrayal."--"The Boston Globe,...more
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Published November 12th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2007)
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Rachael
I think it is unfair to Monica McInerney to call her books "chicklit", but I also think that is where they best sit in terms of finding a 'label'.

I confess... I like chicklit. I particularly like it because it doesn't demand too much of my over-worked and over-full brain. But sometimes, there are books like this one. It is not entirely "undemanding". It is a complex story and at over 600 pages, it's not a "passing" read. Once I got started, though, I gobbled up the story.

As the title suggests,...more
Hayley
Feb 10, 2008 Hayley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mothers, I think they would understand this more than myself.
The Faraday Girls is a compelling story, but it is set apart because it has something that little bit different. I quite like Irish novels but usually they can bore me with their predictable stories and usual scandal. The Faraday Girls structure and base is so different that it goes off in all different directions keeping you on your toes.
It is centrally based on Maggie the niece of 4 besotted aunts and of course her mother. Each character has a story we come back to through the course of the b...more
Carolyn Agosta
I brought this book along on a trip, knowing there would be time to read SOME of it, but probably not all, as it's quite a lengthy book. I enjoy stories about families, and especially sisters, and I'd read some of Monica McInterney's other books about sisters, so I felt I was in a comfortable place.

The book surprised me. I'd be reading along and some kind of event would happen and I'd think, okay, that's how it's going to go, and then realize, oh - no - that's NOT how it's going to go. And then...more
Sara
Another great book by Monica McInerney! This one is a family saga, spanning decades and continents, as the Faraday family (one grandfather, five daughters, one granddaughter) comes to terms with secrets that have been kept hidden for years. The narration jumped from one character to the next, and all were quite distinct, including the deceased grandmother, who definitely came alive on page despite not actually being present. It was very obvious that her presence was deeply felt in everyone's lif...more
Simone
The five Faraday sisters live in Hobart, Tasmania. Having lost their mother, they've had to grow up before their time. Their dad Leo spends most of his time in his backyard shed, leaving the girls to run the house and look after each other. When the youngest sister Clementine gets pregnant at just 17, the baby Maggie becomes another element of the sometimes chaotic household.

Loved by her aunts and used to being babysat by each of them at various times, Maggie unwittingly becomes the cause of a h...more
Katie
grabbed this one from my sister in law when I was in desperate need of something light and mindless. It's perfect :).

UPDATE 3/14
OK so I totally misjudged this book. My tail is between my legs.

I went in expecting a Maeve Binchy lightweight book. Don't get me wrong - I love Maeve Binchy when I'm in the mood. This book turned out to be just a tad bit weightier than Circle of Friends. It explored the hold families have on one another. Sisters in particular. And fathers. And mothers. OK families in...more
Kristin
I thought this was your typical chick-lit made slightly better as it takes place in colorful and interesting locations, and tells the story of a complex family of sisters, and spans several decades. I liked the premise. It was pleasant reading as the characters of the sisters were developed from childhood to adulthood. There were secrets,lies, and a few twists here and there. But I finished the book feeling underwhelmed. It just didn't keep my attention like I wish it would have over 600 long pa...more
Shell Beagle
Ah the twists and turns of a family. The loyalties, fragilities, secrets and love. Another easy reading Monica McInerney book involving the trials and tribulations of a family. Very similar to Lola's Secret in lots of ways with bountiful sibling rivalry and a parent trying to hold everyone together in one big "lets be happy" family, whilst manipulating to make it so.
Not my usual read but in saying that it made for easy, light reading.
Rachel
This was great. A very real portrayal of the dark skeletons many (most?) families have in their closets, while presenting to the world as fully functional.

I know a book gets five stars when I am looking forward to a flight (I hate flying) because it means I get to read my book.

My five-star books are usually few and far between. Now I've had 3 in 2 months. Not bad.
Sho
Well. I'm sure that one star is too few, but two would be too many for me.
This is a family drama split over 2 different decades (or 3 if you want to be very precise) the 70s when it starts, the 2000s in the 2nd part and there is a bit of jumping around to the 60s (explaining the mother and father's story)

The story was ok - it's the reason I kept reading, I got nosey about it.

But I didn't really like the writing. There was too much extra (excruciating in places) detail, the characters were very t...more
Bowerbird
This book is a holiday read at best. The tale of five sisters without a mother and brought up by an eccentric father can only be described as chicklit. Set initially in Tasmania their trials and tribulations are too over the top to be credible. The main story centres round Maggie, Clementine's daughter, and the hand they all take in her upbringing. Meanwhile the unread diaries of their dead mother and what they might reveal affects them all.
It is total fantasy but although this is not really my...more
Susan
Those faraday girls was a lovely, complex story about one family. It shows each girl as complex and individual and lively as the other and each girl is written with as much depth as the others. Probably the reason for the 600 pages!

I found myself eager to find out what happens next to each girl and by the end of the story had found that though there was a relationship i had grown into with each character, that relationship, or the authors' skillful crafting of story vs. Character, meant that i...more
Philia
Finally finished it! It is always delightful to pick up a story by Monica Mcinerney every-now-and-then. The familiar heart-warming themes surrounding family, Australia, and Ireland...



I've always thought it would be wonderful to have many sisters living in the same house with me. A house with lots of girlie stuff, lots of sharing, lots of supports, lots of chatting & listening, lots of love songs and love stories, lots of pink colours, lots of teas & cupcakes; like having many girl frien...more
Ami
When I started this book I was expecting a book with family drama, 5 sisters who fought and got mad at each other, but at the end of the day they would all pull together and work things out. That's not what I got. Oh, there is serious family drama, but at the end of the day many things could NOT be worked out. AT ALL. If anything the family got more and more dysfunctional and unlikeable by the end of the story. I wish it would have been opposite. I realize it is cliche, but I like nice, tidy end...more
Rebecca
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Kristine
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Kat Shelton
Book Jacket:

s a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household in Tasmania, with her young mother, four very different aunts and eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, all four aunts took turns looking 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...more
Laura
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 b...more
Lauren Murphy
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This is a beautifully executed story about five motherless sisters and their eccentric father. It highlights intergenerational relationships, attachments and traditions and the complexities of family.

I was a little disappointed that the novel jumps from the Faraday sisters in their twenties to their forties and fifties because it stunted my connection with the characters. However, it did pick up where Maggie is in her mid-20s and she became t...more
Kelly

This was over 500 pages so if you are interested in a book that moves along quickly then this one isn't the one for you. The story is based around 5 sisters who are all quite different in personality. Their mother dies when they are all fairly young so dad is left caring for them. He's an inventor and spends much of his time in the 'Shed' inventing, waiting for his big break through invention.

The youngest Faraday girl announces she's pregnant and although her father is concerned about this new...more
Hannah
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Sydney
This was a pretty good read, if a bit too long. A complicated story of three generations of the same family. Leo is the patriarch, who has lost his wife Tessa. Their five daughters are the second generation. The youngest daughter, Clementine, winds up pregnant at age 17. Maggie is the third generation. They all live together under one roof until Maggie turns five. At that point the sisters all start going their own way. You get some of the back story, then it skips ahead to Maggie at age 26. The...more
Mmtimes4
Crossing the globe, from Australia to Manhattan to Dublin, McInerney's bewitching multigenerational saga lavishly and lovingly explores the resiliency and fragility of family bonds. GR description

This book was just not my kinda of book. It was way to predictable, shallow, and to much romance for me! Nice to try a new author but will not be reading another one of her books.
JayeL
This book had another slow start. The interesting thing that I found as I read is that the family relationships are complicated, like real family relationships. The further I read in the book the more I tended to think that they are exaggerated. There is something missing from this book and I can't figure out what it is. It may be that the author is trying to have 7 main characters and isn't succeeding. Eliza is a very flat character and not realistic. Perhaps the amount of time the author has s...more
Misty
I really liked this. I thought the relationship between the sisters was very true to real sister relationships. I could sometimes hear echoes of my own conversations with my own sisters.

For the first 100+ pages, I couldn't figure out where it was going. I was interested enough to keep reading but I kept waiting for something to happen. It couldn't go on forever just going through there lives. But when that something happened, I couldn't put it down.

At first, I was annoyed by the way the author...more
Colleen
3.5 stars. A quick, easy read. It isn't fluff but it's not necessarily thought-provoking either. The story is about 5 very different sisters, the baby of one of them that they all help to raise, and their father who is at the center of all of their lives. In the background is the "ghost" (not literally) of their mother who died when they were young. There are many family dramas. Lies and secrets abound. The family is dysfunctional and doesn't seem to particularly like each other so it's an inter...more
Jennifer
I enjoy this author in general and this book kept me interested with plenty of characters and intriguing family secrets. I liked the lack of swearing and lack of graphic sex scenes. Still, the way the book keeps jumping forward in time---not even with a new chapter, but with merely a few asterisks to mark the passing of months or years---was a bit disconcerting. And the way the author dropped the most gripping subject line for many chapters was more than I could handle. I confess I skipped forwa...more
Debb
This is the second book I have read by Monica Mcinerely, loved the characters. Well written looking forward to reading more of her books. I don't read fast but this one had me hooked. Would recommend for sure.
Jill
Although this book doesn't have a happily ever after, well not a classic one anyway, I found I still really enjoyed it. Family dynamics, differing personalities and hurt feelings, are all here in this story, and I guess in families it is true that not everyone can get along, somebody always feels less loved and that comes out in different ways. Even though this book contains all these things, I found myself enjoying each and every story from all the sisters and there niece Maggie, I would thorou...more
Jessica
Feb 21, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans
The Faraday Girls is about 5 sisters and their father who are trying to make the best of things since their mother passed away suddenly. When the youngest sister, Clemintine, gets pregnant at 17 all the sisters vow to help raise her child so she can finish school. But, the stress of having a baby around is hard on all the sisters and as they get older they each begin to resent their "place" in the family. When a tragic event comes between two of the sisters, it seems like the Faraday family may...more
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Monica McInerney is the internationally bestselling author of ten novels including The House of Memories, Lola's Secret, At Home with the Templetons, Family Baggage, The Alphabet Sisters and Those Faraday Girls (which was named the General Fiction Book of the Year in the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.) Her new novel, Hello from the Gillespies, will be published world-wide in late 2014.

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