Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney
Release date: 11/04/14 by Penguin Group/Signet
Rating: * * * *
The truth shall set you free.
The Gillespies are not having a good year. Angela Gillespie avoids the usual sugarcoating in her annual Christmas missive, opting instead for flat truth. The resulting unintended consequences create a humorous, touching story.
We could all benefit from a friend as loyal and practical as Joan. Ig is a great kid, my favorite person throughout the story. Between the two of them, they fiercely shield Angela from the backlash of telling it like it is. Joan makes clear the expectation that each person (including Angela) will take responsibility for their own choices.
I was taken aback at the length of the book: it shouldn’t take 600+ pages to tell a story. However, I found the book easy to read, not necessarily a quick read but the story moves right along in a satisfying progression. I will look for more by this author.
Thank you to Penguin/Signet and NetGalley for the Advance Reader Copy I received in exchange for a review.