By Elizabeth Kelly
APOLOGIZE, APOLOGIZE! takes us into the perversely charmed global of the Flanagans and their son, Collie (who has the questionable success to be named after a breed of dog). Coming of age on Martha's winery, he struggles to discover his position inside his wildly filthy rich, hyper-articulate, resolutely loopy Irish-Catholic relatives: a philandering father, incorrigible brother, pigeon-racing uncle, radical activist mom, and domineering media multi-millionaire grandfather (accused of being a assassin by means of Collie's mother). it's a global the place chaos is exhilaratingly consistent, the place funds is of no item. And but it's a global the place the issues Collie wants-understanding, balance, a feeling of belonging-cannot be received for any rate. via his travails, we detect what it relatively skill to develop up and likewise to develop into one's family members: discovering to discover how you can see them anew, to forgive them, and to be forgiven in flip.
In prose that's energetic, funny, and marvelous all through, Elizabeth Kelly supplies us the dysfunctional-family novel to finish all dysfunctional-family novels, discovering the comedy and pathos in her characters' struggles, and displaying superbly how a family's love should be as making an attempt because it is right.
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