Better Luck Next Time

Better Luck Next Time

The Hennessy family is having quite a dramatic year. Divorces, career changes, new romances, dramatic teenagers, and resentments pepper one year in the life of this extended family of siblings and cousins. It doesn't help that the mother of one set of siblings is a feminist icon, and that the whole family is at the center of a massive women's march.

It's all a bit of a mess, but it's actually an enjoyable one. If you can sort out the many characters and go along for their one-year ride, this family drama is an entertaining listen. It doesn't have the depth of many of the family stories told over decades that I enjoy, but it's billed as a comedy and is a good lighter choice.

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Publisher’s Description

A generational family comedy for fans of Eligible, This Is Where I Leave You, Heartburn and television’s This Is Us It isn’t easy being related to a feminist icon, especially when she’s celebrating the greatest moment of her storied career. Just ask the daughters of Lydia Hennessey, who could have it all if only they’d stop self-destructing. Mariana, the eldest, is on the verge of throwing away a distinguished reputation in journalism, along with her marriage. Nina, the middle daughter, has returned from a medical mission overseas as a changed woman but won’t discuss it with anyone. And Beata, the youngest, has a hostile teenaged son who just discovered the existence of a father who didn’t know about him either. Meanwhile, their cousin Zoe is making divorce look like a death match, while her brother, Zack, is grappling with the fallout from his popular television dramedy, which is based far too closely on Lydia herself. It might be easier to find their paths if they could step out of Lydia’s shadow—but the biggest women’s march in history is underway, and Lydia and her family are at the centre of it. Over the course of an eventful year, the Hennessey children contend with the big struggles of midlife: aging parents, raging teens, crumbling marriages and bodies, new loves and the choice between playing it safe or taking life-altering risks. And as they inch toward a new definition of happiness, they might even persuade their parents—and themselves—that they’re all grown up.

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Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction
Tag: Audiobooks
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Year: 2020
Length: 304
ASIN: 1443451487
ISBN: 9781443451505
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