I always thought my family had issues but WOW! Very good read! Ms. Lee also did a great job with the narration!
If you want to know what it's like to be woman in a middle class Irish-American Boston family, get this book. Boring, middlebrow, shallow, superstitious Catholic, tribal, sheltered, unsophisticated, huge families with pretty concerns and constant infighting.
Nothing happens in the book, the dialogue is minimal and dull, the characters concerns little more than based on envy, pathological focus on family and Irish-American tribe, and ultimately a very disappointing choice of audiobook.
I would never want to meet or befriend any of the women in this book...two mean-spirited shrews and two mealy-mouthed doormats! It was absolutely endless to listen too! I give this book two thumbs down.
I liked this story because it spoke to me as an Irish Catholic woman raised in Maine. I could pluck people out of my own life and set them down in this setting. This is an adult book and deserves a sophisticated narrator not one who sounds like she's reading to kids. I would recommend it to those who are interested in Irish-Catholic guilt and fatalism.