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Product Details

  • Series: O'Malley Novels (Forge Paperback) (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (October 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765342391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765342393
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Rich pages of family humor”--Kirkus Reviews on Golden Years

“The true subject of Greeley’s series is Chucky and Rosemarie’s blissful marriage, which is as passionate as ever.”--Publishers Weekly on Golden Years

“Always entertaining, Greeley’s O’Malley series is a triumph of the steadfastness of this family. . . . Readers will eagerly anticipate the next installment in this series chronicling the lives of this warm, witty family.”--Romantic Times on Second Spring

“[A] warm and wonderful tale of Chuck and the rest of the O’Malleys. Greeley’s unique view of life and his passionate love affair with the Windy City shine through as he tells his story with his Irish wit and inborn charm.”--The Abilene Reporter-News on September Song

“A truly well-crafted read. . . . The O’Malleys are a wonderful Irish family, full of good humor and love, against the backdrop of a very trying era in American history.”--Romantic Times on September Song

“Pulled me in instantly and never let go. . . . You will want to read the next one. . . . Greeley certainly made me laugh.”--Chicago Tribune on Younger Than Springtime

“The leisurely, enjoyable sequel to Greeley’s A Midwinter’s Tale again follows the O’Malley family of Chicago. . . . By the end, where Greeley skillfully ties up one plot line as he keeps the other aloft for the next book, readers may discover that they, too, have been romanced--by an expert storyteller.”--Publishers Weekly on Younger Than Springtime

"The true subject of Greeley's series is Chucky and Rosemarie's blissful marriage, which is as passionate as ever." (Publishers Weekly)

"Rich pages of family humor" (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including The Archbishop in Andalusia, the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including Irish Tweed, and The Cardinal Virtues. He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.

Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter, America and Commonweal, and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.

Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, Confessions of a Parish Priest and Furthermore!

In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, “The Church in Society,” at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.

Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.

Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.

More About the Author

A native of Chicago, Father Andrew M. Greeley, is a priest, distinguished sociologist and bestselling author. He is professor of social sciences at the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona, as well as Research Associate at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. His current sociological research focuses on current issues facing the Catholic Church-including celibacy of priests, ordination of women, religious imagination, and sexual behavior of Catholics.Father Greeley received the S.T.L. in 1954 from St. Mary of Lake Seminary. His graduate work was done at the University of Chicago, where he received the M.A. Degree in 1961 and the Ph.D. in 1962.Father Greeley has written scores of books and hundreds of popular and scholarly articles on a variety of issues in sociology, education and religion. His column on political, church and social issues is carried by the Chicago Sun Times and many other newspapers. He stimulates discussion of neglected issues and often anticipates sociological trends. He is the author of more than thirty bestselling novels and an autobiography, Furthermore!: Confessions of a Parish Priest.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Book Fan on January 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have read every book in the O'Malley family series and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. The first book, A Midwinter's Tale introduces you to Charles "Chucky" O'Malley and his entertaining family just before the start of WW1. You are also introduced to Rosemarie Clancy, Chucky's future wife.

Each book in the series covers a specific period of time. It is great to see the relationship of Chucky and Rosemarie progress in each book. Chucky's dream is to be an accountant, but he gets side tracked and becomes a famous photographer taking pictures of presidents and popes. The relationship between Chucky and Rosemarie is wonderful and realistic. Rosemarie comes from an abusive family and has a drinking problem. With the help of Chucky and his family, she is able to face her problems and deal with them. There are several times where Chucky gets tired of fighting her demons and is close to walking away, but he never does because of the love they share. Too much today, people are ready to divorce at the first sign of trouble, so it is very nice to read a story where each party works at dealing with their problems and staying together.

Through the books, you watch Chucky grow up. He serves in Germany during WW1, he goes to Rome to witness the seating of a new Pope and take his picture, his daughter runs off and joins a commune during the 60's, he becomes the US Ambassador for the president, all the while taking pictures that are considered outstanding by the public and still insisting that he wants to be an accountant. Rosemarie is by his side the whole time. They are there for each other no matter what. They have their fights and disagreements, but always come back to each other.
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By Faith Erickson on June 28, 2014
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By Jenny Harris on August 9, 2013
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Golden Years is a breathtaking view of the middle years of life. We no longer believe the 50's or 60's or even the 70's are a time of slowing down in the progression of life. Greeley presents vibrant and vital living continuing through all these decades.

A delightful read. I recommend it unreservedly!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Williams on December 18, 2010
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My mother wanted this book and so I searched and found it on amazon through this seller. Timely arrival, book is fine; she loves it!
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