By Elizabeth Kelly
APOLOGIZE, APOLOGIZE! takes us into the perversely charmed international of the Flanagans and their son, Collie (who has the questionable luck to be named after a breed of dog). Coming of age on Martha's winery, he struggles to discover his position inside his wildly prosperous, hyper-articulate, resolutely loopy Irish-Catholic relations: a philandering father, incorrigible brother, pigeon-racing uncle, radical activist mom, and domineering media multi-millionaire grandfather (accused of being a assassin via Collie's mother). it's a international the place chaos is exhilaratingly consistent, the place cash 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 fee. via his travails, we discover what it relatively ability to develop up and in addition 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 extraordinary 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 fantastically how a family's love will be as attempting because it is right.
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Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly