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The Faraday Girls

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  3,253 Ratings  ·  328 Reviews
As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household with her young mother, four very different aunts and her eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, her aunts took turns to look 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 sur
Paperback, 564 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2007)
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Apr 10, 2012 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Carolyn Agosta
Apr 17, 2012 Carolyn Agosta rated it really liked it
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
Mar 09, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
grabbed this one from my sister in law when I was in desperate need of something light and mindless. It's perfect :).

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
Feb 10, 2008 Hayley rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it
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
Mar 18, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction, 2010
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
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
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.
Aug 22, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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.
May 24, 2017 Carolyn rated it really liked it
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Leigh Grady
May 29, 2017 Leigh Grady rated it it was ok
Liked the beginning but then felt like it dragged on
Jun 01, 2017 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too many people and not enough conflict. At least there wasn't when I finally gave up on the book... 1/3 of the way through.
Sep 27, 2016 Margaret rated it it was amazing
When Tessa Faraday died unexpectedly, she left behind five young daughters and her husband Leo. Not only did the sisters lose their mother, but for a time they lost their father. Leo retreated from life and from his daughters as he mourned the love of his life.

Juliet, the oldest, took on the difficult task of keeping the household running even though she was just 15 until Leo resurfaced and realized that he had a family to care for her. Even 8 years later, he mourns Tessa and has created a legen
Jun 25, 2008 Kristine rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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Trish at Between My Lines
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Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney was a book I read and flat-out loved years ago, long long before I started rating and reviewing books.  When I saw my library had the audiobook, I decided it was time I took a virtual trip to Tasmania and reacquaint myself with this charismatic family.

Emotions Felt while reading Those Faraday Girls by Monica McInerney:

This book just plain made me happy.  It is a warm, engaging, lively read an
Amanda Olthof
Mar 05, 2017 Amanda Olthof rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good read - reminds us of what makes families both so irritating and amazingly wonderful
Jan 31, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2011 Philia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit, travel
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Lauren K
Dec 29, 2011 Lauren K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-author
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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
Sep 28, 2015 Audrey rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this book. It was painfully chaotic. I found that all of the characters were rapidly introduced which left me turning back page after page to try and keep up. When you don't develop a large cast carefully, the reader gets confused. I couldn't connect with even one character because they were shallow in their development. I really would have loved to connect more with two of the sisters as they were intriguing. I wish they had been more thought out and had a stronger foundation. U ...more
Kat Shelton
May 17, 2009 Kat Shelton rated it it was ok
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
May 20, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
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
I did quite surprise myself with this book, as I tend to hate chicklit, but I found it quite readable. I got very involved in the Faraday family, and the web of emotional manipulation which kept them all going. I also really liked how the author kept you reading along because you really wanted to find out why Sadie left, what it was she read in the diaries, and how and whether all of the secrets and lies would be revealed at the end. I found there weren't any characters I really loved - all of t ...more
Nov 18, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a saga! This story covers about 25 years, with different chapters focussing on the girls' adolescence and early adulthood, then fast-forwarding to further in the future to a particular event which splits the family. From there, it continues again, leaping even further into the future, to show us what happened next.

Each separate situation held its own appeal, but I must admit that around three quarters of the way through I was a bit over it, it had simply dragged on a little too long. What
Jun 15, 2009 Ami rated it liked it
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
Jun 17, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, fiction
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Kerrie Paterson
Apr 13, 2016 Kerrie Paterson rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This is a story about families and secrets. It's a book in two parts - the first half concentrates on the Faraday sisters, raised by their father after their mother's death when they are children. When the youngest daughter, Clementine, reveals she's pregnant, the 5 sisters vow to stay at home and help out with raising her daughter, Maggie, until she's five years old. The second half of the book is the story of a Maggie in her twenties, with the family now scattered. When her grandfat ...more
Sep 04, 2016 Toni rated it really liked it
Initially I wasn't sure if I would like this rather large novel, it took me a while to get into the many characters. However by about chapter five I was hooked. It was a bonus for me that I was On holidays so I could read for almost three hours straight on a plane flight and then do two rather late night reads. What a joyous luxury to read for more than an hour at once! Such a lovely story to escape into, as with the other three Monica McInerny books I have read I soon felt part of her character ...more
Aug 02, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction

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
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Monica McInerney is the internationally bestselling author of eleven novels including Hello from the Gillespies, 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.
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