Friday, 8 July 2016
The Long Hot Summer by Kathleen McMahon
The MacEntees are no ordinary family.
Determined to be different to other people, they have carved out a place for themselves in Irish life by the sheer force of their own personalities. But when a horrifying act of violence befalls television star Alma, a chain of events is set in motion that will leave even the MacEntees struggling to make sense of who they are.
As media storms rage about them and secrets rise to the surface, Deirdre the flamboyant matriarch is planning a birthday party for herself, and with it one final, shocking surprise.
Deirdrie O' Sullivan is turning eighty and as she looks through an old family scrapbook she thinks of her life. She was an actress but left the stage after having her children.
There are now four generations of her family coming together to celebrate her birthday. This is a complicated family, Deirdrie's husband left her twenty years ago for a young man, her daughter Alma is divorced and daughter Acushla's marriage is devoid of love.
This story carries a lot of talking points, abortion, politics, mugging, Aspergers,theft, the media and loneliness. We see how each character in each generation copes with the problems life throws at them.
I found this book to be quite fast paced at the beginning and then it slowed down a bit for me but picked up again with a sudden happenning I didn't expect and I actually gasped at it.
I'm not sure of the title as after reading it I didn't get the sense that a hot summer was important to the story. All that said I enjoyed the book and read it over a few days. Looking forward to the author's next book and I will be checking out her first one which has great reviews.
The Long Hot Summer...Paperback or kindle