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Sunday's on the Phone to Monday

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  131 reviews
The Middlesteins meets The Virgin Suicides in this arresting family love story about the eccentric yet tightknit Simone family, coping with tragedy during 90s New York, struggling to reconnect with each other and heal.

Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once romantic bohemians hopelessly enamored with each other, find themselves nestled in domesticity in New York, running a strug
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Touchstone
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This is a story that follows Claudio and Mathilde as they meet, fall hopelessly in love, and begin their family - up until their children are young adults themselves. It deals with the simple up and downs every family goes through while also covering serious and important topics such as mental illness, social issues, love and loss. The strength of this family is unending.

I admit, it took me a little while to get into the writing style. I've seen others describe the writing as lyrical and I thin
"Sunday's on the Phone to Monday" (a lyric from "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" by The Beatles) is beautifully heartbreaking novel from start to finish. Kudos to Christine Reilly for writing an incredible story. Her prose is poetic, serene, and intimate. The way she writes about the daily struggles/triumphs of the Simone Family was so mesmerizing. I felt like I knew these characters. I liked each one of them. They felt so REAL. It was such a relief to read about a family who actually l ...more
Larry H
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
I'd rate this 2.5 stars.

This one just didn't work for me.

Mathilde and Claudio meet at a party at NYU in 1998. Mathilde is an aspiring actress, creative and privileged, while Claudio left his home in Detroit and never looked back, working to buy a record shop in the heart of New York City. Their relationship consumes them both, sometimes whimsical, sometimes all-encompassing, but tremendously fulfilling, and it isn't long before they marry and begin building a somewhat Bohemian life together.

Dan Kessler
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an early reviewer. The author has an incredibly arresting, lyrical style. I was grabbed right away and found it incredibly fun to read. It is a very compelling multi-generational story that handles some very serious issues (mental illness specifically) in realistic, accessible, and moving ways. This is an excellent novel--a must read. And the author, Christine Reilly, is an author to watch... If this is her debut novel, then she has a very compelling and successful career ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest.

I enjoyed this book. It captured the messiness of family life with all the highs and lows. The story is all about family members and their interconnected lives. Very much an emotion based story instead of a action plot based one.

Very well done. It kept me reading to the end.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some families seem to attract tragedy and suffering. As we meet the Simone family they seem typical. Claudio meets Mathilda and they fall in love and marry. We also have Claudio's family including Jane, his sister. Different points of view are presented by the children, Natasha, Carly and Lucy. As the family deals with mental illness, medical problems and sexuality, they grow and bond into a unit of strength and courage. As a reader you become invested in each of the stories they tell and long t ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
There’s an oft-used quote by Tolstoy that all happy families are alike, but that’s not true, not really. The definition of “happy” can differ widely, and the definition of “family” can as well.

Christine Reilly tells her readers straight out: “this will be a story about family.” The family in question is Claudio and Mathilde Simone and their three daughters: the overachieving Natasha, the middle sister Lucy who suffers from heart disease, and Carly, adopted from China. It also includes Sawyer, Ma
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tragically beautiful. I loved it.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, arc
Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once wild young things scraping by in the city, are now living quietly and comfortably in the suburbs of New York, raising their three daughters Natasha, Lucy, and Carly. As a family, the Simones are quirky, artsy, and quintessentially cool. Mathilde is a mildly successful actress, and, for the most part, is content with the life she's made for herself. Claudio owns a record store that he's able to keep afloat with help from an inheritance Mathilde receives after her ...more
Eunice Moral
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has this melancholic feel to it, the kind of melancholia a reader craves once in a while. It scratches a different itch that not all books could.

This book was sent to me by the author in an exchange for an honest review. From the moment I read the blurb, it instantly piqued my interest, though not really something right up my alley, but this book sounded different, it seems like it has its own gravitational pull and the reader will just fall into it like it is the most natural thin
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so incredibly sad. I was not prepared for that! The story of a family in New York, from the parent’s meeting until their children are young adults, is nuanced, powerful, and heartbreaking. The writing is beautiful, and flows so easily. The characters were well developed, and drew me in immediately. I felt like I knew them, and because of that, the twists and turns (though at times melodramatic) were powerful and unexpected.

I admit the ending made me cry though, so just a big FYI. It
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love that this book is about family. It's a love story only in the nature of how the Simone/Spicer family manages to support each other in difficult times.
The prose is beautiful; the poetic background of the author becomes apparent early in the novel, and we even get to see it manifested within a character.
I found this novel extremely deep, thoughtful, and relatable. The author gave us a character with mental illness that I think is so very important to today's culture. As mental illness is b
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing multi generational story of a family. Lyrical and moving, in particular the author writes very well about mental illness.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hauntingly beautiful book about a family who loves pop music and each other and who act like a real family, warts and all.

I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book will make you feel. Sunday's on the phone to monday, by Christine Reilly is an interesting little book. It's about a family, the Simones, and what happens to them. Probably some of the same stuff you and your family have been through. But isn't it nice to know someone else has been there too? The story POV jumps around between all of the characters which gives them all some depth. The beginning is slow, but be patient. It's worth your time. Very emotional at the end. Saw some reviews t ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was likable. I didn't know what it was about until the end. ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on gleecry

I have been anticipating Sunday's on the Phone to Monday for months. I checked and my first mention of it on the site was back in December 2015. When I received the ARC I wanted to read it right away, but schedules and all that. I also was leery as it couldn't be as good as I hoped. I had built it up to a point that I was sure I would be disappointed. And for the first few chapters I was. Claudio and Mathilde, in the beginning, were just
Lesa Parnham
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books-read
This may be my favorite book of the year thus far. As the book is described, it is lyrical. There are not many book that you can say that you saw something to love in each character. Each family member is well drawn out. I liked the more vulnerable characters the best Mathilde, Lucy, Jane and Sawyer. The other characters in this book are also complete with their faults and beauty. There are parts of this book that took my breath away, the writing is stunning. I give this book my highest rating a ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
For some reason, I wasn't expecting this book to be so well-written and full of such beautiful prose that left me lingering, re-reading. Moving, honest story of a screwed up family, brutally observant and familiar. Slow build and a bit of a sleeper, I'll be recommending to friends' Summer TBR piles. This book has Heart. ...more
Kayla Dedik
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Really enjoyed reading this - unique style and story.
Erica Parker
I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley.

Oh, how I loved this book.

The Simones - Claudio, Mathilde, their kids and their assorted family members - each and every one of them - feel like real, developed, flawed people, just as they should. These people live and are lived in and it was intoxicating to be allowed to fall so far into their lives and their worlds.

The Simone family isn't perfect but they still are people that it's easy to fall in love with and easy to care for. It's true that y
Denise K.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was unusual and quite good. It was the sort of book that I'd forget about for a day or so, then become utterly absorbed in the language as soon as I started again. The prose is lyrical (Reilly is a poet and the book, in fact, started off as a poem) and the dialogue, interestingly, is set in italics, a style typically used for thoughts. As I read farther into the book, though, I realized that maybe that wasn't a mistake. This book's strength is in the way it exposes people's inner dialo ...more
Pam Mooney
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is beautifully written and very original. The story drew me in immediately as I loved the multi-generation story. I became attached to the characters who were so different and yet the same in their personal struggles and interactions with each other. The family as whole was painted so clearly that I was sure I would recognize them if they moved in next door. While the story is incredibly sad I was happy to have known this family and shared their journey. A good read.
Laura Henderson
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author Christine gives this book beautiful prose. Her writing style to me while may have started a little slow turned into this beautiful fluidity that envelops you. She gives her book several POVs, which i love and she does with a great poeticness. The book focuses on a family and how families always have ups and downs, and what it means to be an actual family. Through the strength that ties them together and to the gasping, shocking end, this book will definitely keep you interested. This ...more
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Claudio and Matilde are a couple with 3 daughters, one of whom needs a new heart and another who is adopted.

The characters are all impossibly unique. Just when you think you've got them figured out, the author digs a little deeper and explains their emotions in a way that is totally engaging and intriguing. A very unique read!
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, 2016, fiction
"Claudio could divide his life into before fatherhood and after fatherhood. Before he was a father, Claudio swore that there was nothing he could love more than rock and roll. And then he had his daughters, and it wasn't even that he loved them more than rock and roll. It was that they were rock and roll." ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a free ebook copy of Sunday's On the Phone to Monday by the author in return for an honest review. However, all opinions stated are my own.

"So, this won't be a love story. Nobody is trying to tell you something about love. This will be a story about a family."

First of all, I don't really agree with the quote. If we're talking about families, we're talking about love. They're related.

However, the book does revolve mainly around a family. That's what I loved about it mostly. I mean, I
miss.mesmerized mesmerized
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mathilde, a young actress, finds in Claudio, a record store manager, the love of her life. From the beginning it is clear that they will spend the rest of their days together and have a family. Two lovely daughters are born quickly and a third, adopted one, completes the family. Life could be perfect, but Claudio has a sister who has always struggled from her mental illnesses and Mathilde’s brother is gay and cannot have a family in the same way his sister does. When the girls get older, other p ...more
liza (bookotter)
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Christine was so kind to send this book to me, thank you!

This book focuses on family and its ups and downs. It is something different that what I mostly read. I had a bit of a hard time getting into this book but went well after a few chapters.
(The writing is beautiful and very poetic!) What I loved the most about this book is that the chapters were short and the different point of views from the characters, it made me feel like I personally got to know them really good. The characters were
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another library grab, and another first novel.

In the beginning, I had a hard time finding the pieces of the back story interesting. I liked Claudio, but found Mathilde unapproachable. This remained true for most of the book. Perhaps she isn't given enough narrative voice?

The sections where Jane narrated were hard for me. I saw the parallel between Jane and Lucy, and the different ways their illnesses shaped the family were engaging. There is some really beautiful writing here. For example, "Th
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Christine Reilly lives in New York City. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Dalton School, and Collegiate School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and her Master’s degree in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is her first novel.

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