As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household in Tasmania, with her young mother, four very different aunts and eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, all four aunts took turns looking after her – until, just weeks before Maggie’s sixth birthday, a shocking event changed everything.
Twenty years on, Maggie is living alone in New York City when a surprise visit from her grandfather brings a revelation and a proposition to reunite the family. As the Faradays gather in Ireland, Maggie begins to realise that the women she thought she knew so intimately have something to hide.
Those Faraday Girls is a rich and complex story full of warmth, humour and unforgettable women. Spanning several countries and thirty years, it is a deeply moving novel about family secrets and lies – and how the memories that bind us together can also keep us apart.
I borrowed this book from the library last Monday. I can’t remember if i started reading it on Monday night or Tuesday sometime but i finished it at lunch on Thursday. I couldn’t put it down (and just a side note, the book is two inches thick). I was disciplined enough to stop reading at midnight so i could actually get up for work (i still was late) but every spare waking moment i was reading it. In my two and a half hour lunch break i allowed myself to read it if i made lunch and did the wash-up. Screw the rest of the housework (and that’s big coming from Dame Wash-A-Lot).
If you like family saga, this is your book. It has a great plot, with plenty of drama and secrets. There is enough information given to be satisfied and enough unknown to keep you on your toes (as you can see from how fast i read it). I was a little disappointed in the ending, not because it was bad, it was just on the more realistic side. I suppose i was hoping for a fairytale ending, which if it was i probably would have said ‘The ending was quite unrealistic, after all the family went through, the fact it ended like a fairytale made it boring and predictable’. Haha. Can’t win. I would definitely read this again.