For the past thirty years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled 'Hello from the Gillespies.' It's always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself - she tells the truth....
The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping badly with retirement. Her twin daughters are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can't stop crying. And her 'happy accident' ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.
Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when an accident leaves Angela hundreds of miles away from them, the Gillespies pull together -and pull themselves together - in wonderfully surprising ways.
International Number One bestseller Monica McInerney brings us a sparkling and hilarious Christmas novel about family life
For the last thirty years, Angela Gillespie's annual Christmas letter has been full of her family's triumphs. But this year Angela surprises everyone, including herself - she tells the truth.
Angela's husband is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up daughters are more out of control than ever. And her youngest child spends all of his time talking to an imaginary friend.
With fantasy thoughts of a life before marriage and motherhood becoming more than just an innocent daydream, Angela's real life is slowly slipping out of focus.
But, as the repercussions of her ruthlessly honest letter begin to pile up, a shocking event takes Angela from her family, and she realises she should have been more careful of what she wished for. . .
Praise for Monica McInerney:
'You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next' Cosmopolitan
'McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life' Red
Such a brilliant 'what if' idea. A gloriously heart-warming book you totally lose yourself in Cathy Kelly
Angela Gillespie is tired of pretending that her family is completely perfect. This year she tells it how it is in a too truthful Christmas letter, with endless repercussions. Monica McInerney is an international no.1 bestselling author. Appeal for Maeve Binchy fans.