When an MRI reveals that Mimi Malloy, an Irish-Catholic mother of five, has black spots on her brain, her grown daughters force her into retirement. However, fiery and feisty Mimi knows her mind is sharp as ever, and she won’t go down without a fight. Finding an old pendant of her mother’s, her memory starts to return: a painful childhood, a sister sent away to Ireland, a wicked stepmother she swore to forget. While a surprise affair blooms between Mimi and her building’s superintendent, Mimi strives to recover what she’s repressed. She must use the past to make sense of the present – for herself and for her family.
A redemptive story of the family bonds that break and remake us, Mimi Malloy, At Last! is an unforgettable novel, alive with humor, unexpected romance, and the magic of hard-earned insight – a poignant reminder that it’s never too late to fall in love and that one can always come of age a second time.
Praise for Mimi Malloy, At Last
"[A] triumphant tale of aging, the Boston Irish immigrant experience, and redemption. [Mimi Malloy, At Last!] will appeal to anyone who loves a good story with a strong heroine.”
— Library Journal
“A love letter to sisterhood, Frank Sinatra, late-in-life romance, and the enduring ties of family. The book’s narrator calls to mind a Boston-Irish Olive Kitteridge, as peppery as she is big-hearted. Mimi Malloy, At Last! will make you laugh, cry, and relive your own past.”
— Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz and The Late, Lamented Molly Marx
"Funny, wise, and devastating."
— New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice
"[A] moving, funny masterpiece about love, memory, and the family ties we sometimes need to untangle. Absolutely captivating."
— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow