- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (October 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440104662
- ISBN-13: 978-1440104664
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,612,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Family Plots: Love, Death & Tax Evasion Paperback – October 29, 2008
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About the Author
Mary Patrick Kavanaugh has a checkered professional past that includes time served in a wide range of professions, ranging from private investigator to Avon Lady. Recently, after a series of crushing disappointments, Mary redirected a life long dream of becoming bestselling author into a new goal of being the most successful failure possible. In this role she offers workshops, products, and cheap advice that assist the downtrodden to reframe difficult experiences in a positive way. Her website, www.mydreamisdeadbutimnot.com, serves as a gateway to a virtual cemetery that invites visitors to bury the failed dreams that have morphed into obstacles to light hearted living. Because no life is only about its flops, the author admits to having one perfect daughter, one happy marriage with a loving (but now dead) husband, one well-adjusted cat that prefers to live with her aunt, and a confusing, yet fun, personal life. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco (2003), a BA in History from San Francisco State University (1988), good teeth, and an excellent credit rating.
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a. such a funny, engrossing and enjoyable read;
b. so easy to relate to.
It's the kind of book you recommend and pass around to friends - great for a book club.
"Autobiographical novel" tags this author's honest writing (isn't every autobiography *really* somewhat of a novel?). She nails dysfunky family behavior and personal mistakes, and does it with humor and compassion - and role-models lessons for me: Only someone with hard-won wisdom and maturity could write about her "failures" like this; I would not be nearly so poised (nor that funny and philosophical), so I'm taking it as a hint-to-self.
Autobiography, comic novel, drama, mystery...a nourishing and satisfying read! I hope it's made into a movie.
I am very sorry to hear that you still haven't set any kind of wedding date. You surely must want to give your darling Rachel a family name, or just what is it today? Are you one of the turncoats of today? There is just no morality any more and soon the United States will be a mess, as you will probably live to see. I thought you said your college boyfriend Kevin was a wonderful man. Also you told me that he was a catholic. You are 27 years old and a mother! What on earth is wrong with you? Get yourself married and be decent. You'll be lot happier.
Love and prayers, Grandma Hazel
I thought about showing the letter to my "college boyfriend Kevin" also known as the Impregnator-a nickname I'd invented recently, after struggling to find a proper title when asked if he were my husband.
Ok - ha ha.... I was in! When I picked up this book the plan was to to just read a few pages to get the flow of the read and then get back to it later. Instead, I found myself sinking on to the couch in the position that I was going to get back up any minute and read on later. Uhhh... yeah... about that... 2 hours later I am still onthe couch but now curled up and engrossed deeply into this delightfiul read.
M P Kavanaugh writes in a style that reached out from the pages and pulled me in. As our main character mary leaps out of one relationship into another, changes career choices and finds herself in a situation that is spinning her out of control. I laughed out loud many times (thank goodness I was usually alone while reading!) and have to say that the publishers that passed on this one made a mistake.
M P Kavanaugh says that much of this book is based on actual happenings.... well, whatever it was that made this book happen - I am all for.