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Three Wishes: A Novel Paperback – May 24, 2005
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Three chick-lit heroines are better than one in Moriarty's witty debut starring Sydney-based triplets Cat, Gemma and Lyn Kettle. Borrowing a convention from mystery novels, Moriarty opens with a prologue whose events must be explained through subsequent chapters: in this case, what led one sis to imbed a fondue fork in another sis's pregnant belly at their 34th birthday celebration dinner? Moriarty gleefully describes the triplets' turbulent previous year, which forces them to abandon the roles they've played since childhood. Sarcastic and abrasive marketing executive Cat must grapple with her husband Dan's affair, a miscarriage and a drinking problem, while flighty Gemma, a full-time house sitter, probes her fears of commitment when she meets charming locksmith Charlie. Lyn, a successful entrepreneur, wife and mother, has perfected the art of time management ("Sex with husband. Check"), but she's quietly seized by bouts of panic. Despite such unoriginal problems, Moriarty's novel is a winning combination of smart-alecky fun and feel-good mush (mostly the former). Her writing is smart and playful ("Death was the hot bath you promised yourself while you endured small talk and uncomfortable shoes"), her characters are quirky and lovable and her clever plot turns—like the rekindled love between the triplets' divorced parents—are fun. Convenient coincidences and a general predictability don't distract too much from the sassy pleasures.
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The Kettle sisters are a strange sight when they are together--a beautiful set of triplets, with two identical and one fraternal. Over the course of their thirty-third year, their lives all take turns no one could foresee. Lyn's perfectly scheduled and organized life begins to fray as debilitating panic attacks come on suddenly in parking lots; Cat, Lyn's identical twin, thinks her marriage is indestructible until her husband admits to having an affair with a young law student; and Gemma, who acts much younger than her sisters, goes from job to job and can't sustain a relationship with a man for longer than six months. Separately, they are strong, independent women struggling with divorce, pregnancy, parents, and jobs. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with as they fight with passion, laugh with gusto, and push each other to be their best selves. Moriarty's first novel, written with wisdom, humor, and sincerity, is an honest look at sisters who have a bond stronger than anything life throws their way. Carolyn Kubisz
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Moriarty has a talent of creating some pretty unique and dramatic characters. In Three Wishes, you get a triple dose of these characters with the Kettle triplets: Cat, Lyn and Gemma. They each have their own distinct personalities that add to a close dysfunctional family. While I can appreciate their uniqueness, at times they can be a little too much for me. There are times where their quirks can be charming but more often than not, they tend to make me think they’re being a bit melodramatic while I’m rolling my eyes. And it usually happens these sisters are within a scene. There’s a certain chaos occurring in the scenes and I can’t help but think how they all need to be medicated.
When you have a favorite or go-to author whose works you’ve read it’s understandable that you won’t love them all equally and there are certain books that you like less than the others. Three Wishes is not one of Moriarty’s books that I’d put on an elevated level. While some of the plot points are a little out there (pushing the whole notion of coincidences to the limit), Moriarty’s writing and storytelling ability was able to put it all together to create a nice story about life, love and family
I loved this books and found myself enjoying the antics of the three madcap sisters. At times, laugh out loud funny, the story equally tugged my heartstrings. All three sisters find their lives upended and must dig deep to find the honesty of their existence. Each is faced with examining the direction of their life and the soul searing examination if they stayed true to their dreams. Moriarty is an entertaining storyteller, who really knows and loved her characters. I will admit that I love them too, and was sorry to see the book end.
It was a bit clunky at the beginning as the foundation is laid, but about 50 pages in or so it picked up steam and Ms. Moriarty found her stride. The prose flowed well, the characters began to develop some real depth, and it moved from "chick-lit" to "women's fiction" in my mind. The story of these three sisters isn't all moonbeams and unicorns (nothing wrong with that if that's what you are in the mood for) and the women came alive and were real.
Her writing reminds me of Roisin Meaney, another author who manages to write about real life with humor and compassion (her Something in Common was fabulous). If you enjoy one of these authors, I think you will enjoy the other.
The constant change of perspective really kept me from fully engaging. Especially the short chapters written from the perspective of someone other than the main characters. It was a little confusing.
I also didn't like the way the book ended. I guess the story wrapped up well enough, but ending with another of those non-chapters just felt a little off.