Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

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A loving but dysfunctional Irish English family converges at the family homestead in London during the legendary British heatwave of 1976 when the dad goes out for the morning paper and never returns.  As abandoned wife Gretta worries about her husband’s whereabouts, son Michael Francis (two kids, failing marriage) shows up to help, and favorite daughter Monica (failed marriage, shaky second marriage with two dreadful stepdaughters) also drops by. Youngest daughter Aoife, who has fled to New York and been out of touch with the family for several years, also flies home.  As the family gathers and frets and bickers, multi-generational family secrets leak out and a kind of reconciliation is reached when they all decamp to the family’s summer cottage on the remote coast of Ireland. Check Our Catalog

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