Synopsis (from back page)
Sometimes the memories that bind us together can also keep us apart…
As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household with her young mother, four very different aunts and eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, all four aunts took turns looking after her – until, just weeks before Maggie’s sixth birthday, a shocking event changed everything.
Twenty years on, Maggie is living alone in New York City when a surprise visit from her grandfather brings a revelation and a proposition to reunite the family. As the Faraday’s gather in Ireland, Maggie begins to realise that the women she thought she knew so intimately all have something to hide…
Those Faraday Girls is split into two parts, the first of which starts off in 1979 on the day that the youngest member of the Faraday clan announces she is pregnant at the age of just 17. The story then follows the family over the course of the next 6 years as the new addition arrives and turns all of their lives upside down before culminating in a shocking event that tears the family apart. The second part jumps ahead to 2006, where Leo, the head of the family is on a quest to track down and reunite the family for one last family Christmas together and it’s here where the story really gets going.
Although set between Australia, the US and Ireland this is a real family orientated saga.
From the outset you are drawn into the lives of each member of the Faraday family and as a result you come to know and care about them as if they were one of your own. All of the characters are extremely different and although some of their traits are not altogether likable, you can’t help but like them and as such you find yourself rooting for them – hoping that all of their hopes and dreams come true along the way.
The plotline is well thought out and the story itself extremely well written. The words flow from the page in a way where you feel you are experiencing events as they happen rather than just reading about it from the outside.
Those Faraday Girls is a tale full of warmth, love and humour that will captivate you from the outset.
Reviewed by Karen.