Those Faraday Girls

Winner of General Fiction Book of the Year in the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.

As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household in Tasmania, 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 Faradays 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 a rich and complex story full of warmth, humour and unforgettable women. Spanning several countries and thirty years, it is a deeply moving novel about family secrets and lies – and how the memories that bind us together can also keep us apart.

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A delicious, heartfelt and utterly engrossing drama.
Australian Women’s Weekly, ‘The October Great Read’

Crossing the globe, from Australia to Manhattan to Dublin, McInerney’s bewitching multigenerational saga lavishly and lovingly explores the resiliency and fragility of family bonds.
Booklist, USA (American Library Association magazine)

McInerney is a talented storyteller, narrating her story with a lightness that does not feel frivolous… The conclusion is particularly satisfying and somewhat unexpected.  Overall, a great story and a great read: recommended for all women’s fiction collections.
Library Journal, USA

It’s always an almost-sinful pleasure to delve into anything written by Monica McInerney, whose delightful prose brings her rich characters to sparkling life.
Irish American Post, USA

There is a lot of story to get delightfully lost in here…McInerney does a lovely job of setting up a family as an outsider would see it and she does so in enormous, painstaking detail, so that by the time she starts revealing the true colours of the family’s fragilities, things become very interesting indeed.  And while the family dramas are deeply serious, McInerney always keeps her light and lovely humorous touch throughout this sprawling book, which truly typifies the tag “great holiday read”.
Sunday Mail, Brisbane

(McInerney’s) forte is the elegant prose she so expertly crafts that breezes across the pages and captures the reader from the very start.  Charming, engrossing, and thought-provoking…McInerney is truly at her best.
Fresh, USA

This warm, compassionate book shows great insight into sisterly relationships.  McInerney is Australia’s answer to Maeve Binchy, a modern-day Jane Austen.
Sun Herald, Sydney

Not since the summer days when I lazed around, reading romances and mysteries as a teenager by the side of the swimming pool, have I so very thoroughly enjoyed a summer read as I did Monica McInerney’s The Faraday Girls.
Times Record News, Witchita Falls, USA

Take one loving, inventive father, five fascinating daughters and one enchanting grand-daughter.  Mix with the author’s unerring style that brings us families with flaws and a wonderful sense of place (Tasmania, Ireland and New York).  Add sibling rivalry, love, laughter and a destructive secret.  The result?  A story that’s impossible to put down.
Woman’s Day, Australia

I came to feel as if I were part of the Faraday family.  Drama, guilt, secrets, happiness, heart-breaking sorrow … it’s all in here. ****
Huntress Reviews, USA

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