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In this deeply moving and wonderfully insightful novel, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb explores what can happen when one woman decides to reclaim her past — and her future — no matter where they lead...

Madeline O'Shea tells people what to do with their lives. A renowned life coach, she inspires thousands of women through her thriving practice — exuding enviable confidence along with her stylish suits and sleek hair. But her confidence, just like her fashionable demeanor, is all a front.

For decades, Madeline has lived in fear of her traumatic past becoming public. Now a reporter is reinvestigating the notorious crime that put Madeline's mother behind bars, threatening to destroy her elaborate facade. Only Madeline's sister, Annie, and their frail grandparents know about her childhood--but lately Madeline has reason to wonder if her grandparents also have a history they've been keeping from her.

As the demons of the past swirl around her, a childhood friend with a gentle heart is urging Madeline to have faith in him — and in herself. And as she allows her resistance to thaw, the pain she expects pales in comparison to the surprises headed straight to her door. With one bold, unprecedented move, Madeline O Shea may just wake up out of the sadness and guilt that have kept her sleepwalking through life for so long — and discover that the worst thing that can happen is sometimes the very thing we desperately need.

The First Day of the Rest of My Life is an eloquent and triumphant tale of a fierce act of love, a family's legacy, and one woman s awakening to her own power — with no secrets.... .

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"Successful life coach Madeline O'Shea is close to her sister, Annie, and her grandparents, whose long love and active sex life inspire her. But Madeline and her sister are both shaped by early abuse at the hands of their stepfather and two of his friends. When the young Madeline told her mother, who was terminally ill, the men were brought to trial. But they were handed a light sentence, so her mother shot them dead — right in the courtroom. Madeline has tried to bury the violent past, and the guilt she feels for failing to protect her sister from abuse, but the arrival of a reporter, who wants to write an 'anniversary of the shooting' piece, brings it all back and tips off a blackmailer in possession of old photos taken by the molesters. This in turn prompts Madeline's grandfather to come clean about his own past and long-held lies that affect Madeline and her sister. Lamb's latest (after Henry's Sisters) is a mixed bag: dialogue can be banal, and prose largely perfunctory. But the complicated plot is surprisingly cogent, characters are well-drawn (particularly the grandparents), and extreme subjects, like molestation and Jewish persecution during WWII, are handled with a measure of sentiment. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780758259387
Author:
Lamb, Cathy
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.19 x 5.64 x 1.22 in 0.88 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Successful life coach Madeline O'Shea is close to her sister, Annie, and her grandparents, whose long love and active sex life inspire her. But Madeline and her sister are both shaped by early abuse at the hands of their stepfather and two of his friends. When the young Madeline told her mother, who was terminally ill, the men were brought to trial. But they were handed a light sentence, so her mother shot them dead — right in the courtroom. Madeline has tried to bury the violent past, and the guilt she feels for failing to protect her sister from abuse, but the arrival of a reporter, who wants to write an 'anniversary of the shooting' piece, brings it all back and tips off a blackmailer in possession of old photos taken by the molesters. This in turn prompts Madeline's grandfather to come clean about his own past and long-held lies that affect Madeline and her sister. Lamb's latest (after Henry's Sisters) is a mixed bag: dialogue can be banal, and prose largely perfunctory. But the complicated plot is surprisingly cogent, characters are well-drawn (particularly the grandparents), and extreme subjects, like molestation and Jewish persecution during WWII, are handled with a measure of sentiment. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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