A large Irish-Catholic family tries to keep their bar business afloat, but secrets from the past threaten everything.
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After Sunday Brennan causes a drunk driving accident in LA, she reluctantly turns to her big, Irish-Catholic family in New York. They are glad to have her back, but still unsure why she suddenly left five years ago. She’s ready to help with family’s expanding pub business, and hopefully make some amends. But the past returns to threaten them all, and Sunday has to own up to the secrets she’s been keeping.
The Brennans are big and complicated and all wrapped in each others’ business. Maybe a bit much for real life, but I enjoyed being in their literary orbit. If you enjoy big family dramas with flawed characters that you want to root for, this is a great one.
When twenty-nine-year-old Sunday Brennan wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, bruised and battered after a drunk driving accident she caused, she swallows her pride and goes home to her family in New York. But it’s not easy. She deserted them all—and her high school sweetheart—five years before with little explanation, and they’ve got questions.
Sunday is determined to rebuild her life back on the east coast, even if it does mean tiptoeing around resentful brothers and an ex-fiancé. The longer she stays, however, the more she realizes they need her just as much as she needs them. When a dangerous man from her past brings her family’s pub business to the brink of financial ruin, the only way to protect them is to upend all their secrets—secrets that have damaged the family for generations and will threaten everything they know about their lives. In the aftermath, the Brennan family is forced to confront painful mistakes—and ultimately find a way forward, together.