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The House of Memories Paperback – February 4, 2014
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“The twists and turns of modern families are explored in this warm novel which will have you reaching for the tissue box. This will keep Monica's long-time fans happy, and make her many new ones.”—Woman's Day (Australia)
“There are two sides to every story in Monica McInerney's new heartwarming page-turner...You'll laugh but you'll cry a lot more...”—Marie Claire (Australia)
“A beautifully told story with real emotional depth…”—Irish Independent (Ireland)
“A wonderfully emotional and tense novel…Mesmerizing.”—Red Magazine (UK)
“A suspenseful, deeply emotional story…A celebration of the power of family and connection to heal and inspire hope. An unforgettable read.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs
About the Author
International bestselling writer Monica McInerney is the award-winning author of nine previous novels, one short-story collection, and numerous stories and articles. She grew up in Australia, one of seven children, and has split her time between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. Monica and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin, Ireland.
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But before that happened, while they were still a family living in Melbourne, Ella’s most vivid memories happened in a three-story terrace house in London, near the Paddington Station. The home where she first met her Uncle Lucas and was astounded by his messy house and his treasured fox collection. She was only seven then.
Her connection to Lucas Fox would continue over the years, and included their exchange of various faxes as a way of communicating.
Ella’s life after the divorce would be a time of adjustment, learning to live with a stepfather, a stepbrother, Charlie, whom she actually loved…and then along came Jessica, when Ella was eleven. Jessica would be a thorn in her side for many years. The spoiled child who had both her parents and loved having all the attention focused on just her.
But eventually Ella and Aidan met, on one of her visits to Lucas’s house, and the two married and had a son Felix.
When a tragedy befalls them all, Ella would flee back to London, where she immersed herself in Lucas’s world, and the world of the boarders he mentored…and tried to forget. And struggled with her rage. Her isolation would only increase her pain, however.
The House of Memories was a beautifully wrought saga of family, loss, of emotions unacknowledged that grow and fester…and the story unfolds from various perspectives, beginning with our primary first person narrator, Ella. Occasionally, we glimpse Jessica’s perspective in her flamboyant diary entries. And then another narration consists of letters to Felix from an unknown sender…revealed at the end.
How would all of these characters reunite? What would need to happen before healing begins? I know that I cried occasionally throughout this story…and then, at the conclusion, my tears of joy were my way of showing how I felt about the denoument. 5 stars.
The format of the book which is written from the perspective of three different characters works really well and doesn't seem too contrived. All the characters are well drawn and are really interesting. Despite been such a sad book it also has a lot of humour in it and , at times, is quite amusing.
Take a deep breath, buy a box or 2 of tissues and settle down for a good read.
a great dramatic movie!
It succeeds in confronting the emotions from differing perspectives of those involved in a family tragedy.
The writer certainly draws you with a believable narrative, and a clear storytelling ability. I loved the characters so much that I found myself wanting to know what happens next to them all after the book was finished.
If you love stories that go a bit deeper, and discuss human complexities in a uncomplicated manner - this is a book for you!
The plot exploits the emotions of family life and tests the bonds of familial love and loyalty when tragedy strikes,
I recommend House of Memories to all fans of Monica Mcinerny and readers of good fiction. Mcinerny tells it like it is.
Once the main story line came out, it just seem to repeat the same lines, but with different people telling the same story. I am afraid it just did not do it for me. Sorry Monica McInerney but you have lost your way.