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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For all the praise garnered for Whistling in the Dark, Good Graces more than lives up to its predecessor."
--School Library Journal

"Good Graces is filled with sensitivity and wit." 
--Shepherd Express

"A...spot on sequel to her bestselling debut, Whistling in the Dark.  Kagen does a remarkable job of balancing the goofiness of an eleven-year-old with the sinister plot points, creating a suspenseful yarn that still retains an air of genuine innocence.  Readers who enjoyed the first story are in for a treat."
--Publishers Weekly

"Good Graces deftly dwells in '60's Milwaukee. Through her preteen narrator, Sally O'Malley, she (Kagen) evokes the joys, sorrows and complexities of growing up..."
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Spend happy hours following the O'Malley sisters through the sweltering summer of 1960 on Milwaukee's West Side. This humorous, passionate novel of childhood is full of evocative local detail and the lives of wild, smart children."
--Milwaukee Magazine

"Moving, funny, and full of unexpected delights, this is one sequel that just might be even better than the original gem. Kagen crafts a gorgeous pageturner about love, loss and loyalty, all told in the sparkling voices of two extraordinary sisters."
--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You

"A beautifully woven story...You will weep for and cheer on the O'Malley sisters...[and] immediately miss them once the last page is turned."
--Heather Gudenkauf, author of These Things HiddenThe Weight of Silence

Praise for New York Times bestseller Whistling in the Dark, winner of the Midwest Choice Award for fiction and named a "Hot Summer Read" by the Chicago Tribune:

"Bittersweet and beautifully rendered, Whistling in the Dark, is the story of two young sisters and a summer jam-packed with disillusionment and discovery. These girls triumph. So does Kagen. Don't miss it."
-Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House

"A sophisticated charmer of a first novel. Sally's voice...is innocently wise and ultimately captivating."
-The Milwaukee Journal

"Kagen sharply depicts the vulnerability of children of any era. Sally...makes an enchanting protagonist."
-Publishers Weekly

"The plot is a humdinger...a certifiable grade-A summer read."
-The Capital Times

From the Author

Dear Reader,

When I sent my debut novel, Whistling in the Dark, out into the world four years ago, I kept my fingers crossed that readers would connect with my two little girls stumbling through a bygone era.  To my astonishment, and profound gratitude, readers not only seemed to enjoy the story, they clamored for more!

Of course, I was thrilled by their enthusiastic response, but when I sat down to tackle Good Graces it was with more than a little trepidation. I'd never written a sequel before, and so much time had passed. Would I be able to recapture the characters' voices, the feel of the block?  I couldn't have been more surprised when I fell back into the O'Malley sisters lived so easily.  I suspect it's because I grew up on the west side of Milwaukee during the 1950's in a neighborhood very similar to the one where the stories are set.  The lingo of those days, the clothing, the movies and music, it's a part of me.  My history.

I'm often asked if it's difficult to tell a story through the eyes of a young narrator.  Not really.  Children's language may be less developed, their perceptions immature, but we share something vital that makes it easy for me to connect with them.  Emotional cores. Hopefully, without the armor of adulthood getting in the way, the kid in me can connect with the kid in you so we can get down to the nitty-gritty of life...our feelings.

I hope you enjoy reading about the further adventures of the O'Malley sisters, and their friends and neighbors on Vliet Street, as much as I enjoyed writing about them again.  It felt good to be home.

Warmest wishes,

Lesley

More About the Author

Lesley Kagen is an actress, voice-over talent, former restaurateur, sought-after speaker, and award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of five previous novels. Her work has been translated into seven languages. A mother of two and grandmother of two, she lives in a hundred-year-old farm house in a small town in Wisconsin. Visit with her on Facebook and at her web site www.lesleykagen.com

Customer Reviews

Can't wait for the third in the series, if there is one.
Joyce Johnson
GOOD GRACES is the type of story that can only be written by an author that is authentic and truly gifted.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
The suspense builds to the final conclusion with many surprises along the way.
mike peckman

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Staab on September 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had so much fun reading this novel that I never wanted to put it down, and never did. The pacing pulled me along (one more chapter--then I'll eat. Another, then I'll go to bed.) Even if you didn't read Whistling In The Dark (but you should because it's great), Good Graces will pull you into the world of the intrepid O'Malley sisters in 1959 Milwaukee. The themes in the story are delicious and Kagen pokes at the ugly truths everyone conveniently hid back then. The O'Malley girls have spirit, loyalty, self-assurance, daring, and a completely engaging view of the world. These characters will stay with me for a long time. Kagen has a genius for presenting the world through Sally O'Malley's watchful eyes, past color and handicaps. And did I mention the twists? Great twists!! Don't even think twice before you read this wonderful novel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Woods on September 2, 2011
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If you thought Whistling in the Dark was fabulous, you are in for an even bigger and better treat with Good Graces. Although I was a little worried about picking up a sequel, I was more than pleasantly surprised. Kagen's timeless ability to tell a story through the eyes of a young narrator, witty humor, and beautiful imagery makes this sequel a "do not miss" hit of the season!

Although I am not a big online reviewer, I find myself compelled to write something everytime one of Lesley Kagen's books graces the "shelves." This time was no different!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lesli from Rockport, TX on September 18, 2011
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About two thirds of the way through, I found myself not wanting to have to leave the neighborhood. I started allowing myself only a few pages at a time, kind of like a reward. I didn't want it to end, I didn't want to leave Sally (I related more to her than Troo), I wanted to stay in 1960 Milwaukee! I hope I can go back with a third book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Mechlinski VINE VOICE on December 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This sequel to Whistling in the Dark shows us Sally and Troo O'Malley a year after we last met them. Both girls are still coping with their father's death and their close call the previous August, though in different ways -- Sally is quiet and overprotective of Troo, while Troo is sassy and constantly acting out.

In addition, the girls' mother has moved the family in with Detective Dave Rasmussen, who has recently been revealed to be Sally's biological father. Troo is furious, both because the information makes her and her beloved sister only half related, but because Dave is tramping over her daddy's memory.

This summer, the big mystery in the neighborhood is the cat burglar, who is stealing valuables from area families every week. Although there is much speculation, no one knows for certain who the culprit could be -- until Troo and Sally stumble upon the truth, with possibly deadly consequences.

While this sequel is an enjoyable read, there is quite a bit of reiteration from the previous book. Recapping some of the things that happened before is great for those who either didn't read the other book or else forgot the details, but Kagan tends to rehash to the point where it seems lazy, as though she is just trying to fill a second book without bothering to come up with a new story. This takes away from the quality of the book somewhat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Paull on October 18, 2011
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I am really puzzled by all of the high ratings for this book. I loved the first book "Whistling in the Dark" but this sequel seemed like a chore to read. The first half just dragged, and I was never invested in any of the concurrent stories that were happening, with the possible exception of Ethel, the caretaker. I read through to the end and it did pick up, if you can call children inadvertently causing an act of violence and then covering it up and then going merrily about their business a pick up of pace. I found it utterly unrealistic and lacking the charm that the first book displayed. I was really looking forward to this sequel, and was very disappointed. I did enjoy the accurate period details, and still found Sally endearing and Troo charming. This, of course, is just my opinion, and I am glad so many people received so much enjoyment from this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sugden on September 8, 2011
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Once again Lesley Kagen makes you feel right at home with the O'Malley sisters. After waiting several years for the sequel, I now know that it was worth the wait. If you want a good, curl up with a quilt read for fall........this is the one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irish on September 7, 2011
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I loved Whistling in the Dark so much I couldn't wait for the next one about the lovable Sally and Troo. Good Graces does not disappoint....I could not put it down. Lesley Kagen once again shows the reader what a masterful storyteller she is! Just when you think you have the plot figured out there is a twist with a surprise ending! 1960 came alive for me in this book, lots of nostalgia with TV shows, etc. I can hardly wait for another book about the O'Malley sisters, their neighborhood, friends and family! Lesley has outdone herself once again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Mommy Booknerd on September 4, 2011
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I have to say that the wait for GOOD GRACES was definitely worth it. I was blown away at how good GOOD GRACES. I absolutely loved Whistling in the Dark and was anxiously awaiting the sequel. When reading Whistling in the Dark I felt like I was transported in time and that I became part of the O'Malley sisters lives. To be able to revisit these girls again in GOOD GRACES was a gift that Kagen delivered with a giant bow.

GOOD GRACES is by far one of the greatest sequels ever written. I read nearly 100 books a year and there are very few books that resonate with me long after I read them. In that way, this book is a rare gem. The dialogue is spot on, being both serious and funny in perfect unison. You find yourself lost in the book due to the beautifully woven and intricate plot. You crave more and are not disappointed. GOOD GRACES is the type of story that can only be written by an author that is authentic and truly gifted.

Kagen has proven again that she deserves to be on the National Best Sellers List. GOOD GRACES cannot be missed. It is everything that I hoped it would be and more. I look forward to seeing what else Kagen can dream up. She is truly one of the best authors out there.
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