By Elizabeth Kelly
APOLOGIZE, APOLOGIZE! takes us into the perversely charmed international of the Flanagans and their son, Collie (who has the questionable success to be named after a breed of dog). Coming of age on Martha's winery, he struggles to discover his position inside his wildly filthy rich, hyper-articulate, resolutely loopy Irish-Catholic family members: a philandering father, incorrigible brother, pigeon-racing uncle, radical activist mom, and domineering media magnate grandfather (accused of being a assassin by means of Collie's mother). it's a international the place chaos is exhilaratingly consistent, the place funds is of no item. And but it's a global the place the issues Collie wants-understanding, balance, a feeling of belonging-cannot be acquired for any cost. via his travails, we detect what it relatively ability to develop up and in addition to develop into one's kin: discovering to discover how one can see them anew, to forgive them, and to be forgiven in flip.
In prose that's vigorous, funny, and incredible all through, Elizabeth Kelly provides us the dysfunctional-family novel to finish all dysfunctional-family novels, discovering the comedy and pathos in her characters' struggles, and displaying superbly how a family's love could be as making an attempt because it is correct.
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Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly