About the Book:
When Kevin Gogarty’s irrepressible eighty-three-year-old mother, Millie, is caught shoplifting yet again, he has no choice but to hire a caretaker to keep an eye on her. Kevin, recently unemployed, is already at his wits’ end tending to a full house while his wife travels to exotic locales for work, leaving him solo with his sulky, misbehaved teenaged daughter, Aideen, whose troubles escalate when she befriends the campus rebel at her new boarding school.
Into the Gogarty fray steps Sylvia, Millie’s upbeat American home aide, who appears at first to be their saving grace—until she catapults the Gogarty clan into their greatest crisis yet.
With charm, humor, and pathos to spare, Good Eggs is a delightful study in self-determination; the notion that it’s never too late to start living; and the unique redemption that family, despite its maddening flaws, can offer.
Rebecca Hardiman’s debut novel, Good Eggs, is a character driven tale featuring a multi-generational Irish family. This dysfunctional family is full of zany characters. Millie, an octogenarian with a proclivity for shoplifting, is stubbornly trying to live on her own. Sixteen-year-old Aideen is insecure and filled with anger and angst toward her adored twin, Nuala. The patriarch of the family, Kevin, is not much of a leader. He’s in the middle of a midlife crisis from a life that has hardly started. He is self-absorbed and focused on his self-pity that he blatantly ignores the true needs of his wife and family, and thus he creates much of the turmoil the Gogarty family experiences in this story.
In this book, Ms. Hardiman explores realistic family issues and difficulties with a humorous, lighthearted twist. The Gogartys’ story is a journey of sorts. Along the way, the characters are forced to reckon with their flaws and the consequences of their choices. In the end, that journey is somewhat redemptive. I suppose, this is the Gogartys’ journey to becoming “good eggs”.
The plot starts a bit slow, but picks up in the latter half of the book. One of the key plot points is too obvious early on, but that doesn’t deter from story. I thoroughly enjoyed the Irish lingo in the dialogue; it didn’t feel forced or trite. Most of all, I enjoyed Millie. She was quite the odd character and brought a lot of humor and light to the novel. A fun and humorous read from beginning to end.
About the Author: Rebecca Hardiman is a former magazine editor who lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. GOOD EGGS is her first novel.
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