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Publisher Comments:

“An endearing and humane story about a family and its sticky web of secrets and misunderstandings . . . one of those rare books you could recommend to anyone and know that theyll love it.”

-The Australian Womens Weekly

Harriet Turner knows all about journeys. Shes arranged hundreds of them for her familys travel agency. Now Harriet is joining her adopted sister, Lara, to lead a group through the Cornish countryside. But when Lara fails to appear at the airport as planned, Harriet finds herself in uncharted territory and suddenly alone with a busload of eccentric seniors. As the tour wends its way through the picturesque landscape, Harriet must uncover her sisters whereabouts and confront long-held family secrets involving Laras arrival twenty-five years ago . . . not to mention keeping track of more baggage-real and emotional-than she ever expected.

“With every book, Monica McInerney becomes more skilled at juggling plot complexities and giving depth to her characters. . . . Perfect [for] weekend reading.”

-Marie Claire (Australia)

“A book to treasure that is clever, amusing and heart-warmingly touching.”

-Womans Day (Australia)

Review:

"Turner Travel specializes in themed tours that take Merryn Bay, Australia, locals abroad. The natural deaths, two months apart, of patriarch and matriarch Neil and Penny Turner leave the family business in the hands of their three children, Harriet, James and Austin; foster daughter Lara; and a handful of family friends. The book opens as Harriet, still recovering from her mother's death, leads 12 tourists through the Cornwall countryside in the footsteps of British TV detective Willoughby, but flashes back to the family's past and various coping strategies: James hides behind his domineering wife, Melissa; Austin parties; Lara, taken in by the family under mysterious circumstances nearly 25 years earlier, is the model of efficiency. Meanwhile Lara, who was to aid Harriet on the Cornwall tour, has disappeared, and Patrick Shawcross, the actor who played Willoughby and who has been hired to accompany the tour has mistaken it for a where-are-they-now media opportunity. The mystery of Lara's family and Melissa's nefariousness come to light, and Harriet's love life heats up. McInerney (The Alphabet Sisters), who lives in Ireland, offers a light look at a complicated family. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of "The Alphabet Sisters" comes "Family Baggage"--already a bestseller in Australia and New Zealand--a heartwarming and often hilarious examination of family secrets and sibling hijinks. "If you haven't heard of Monica McInerney, you're about to."--"New York Post."

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345490124
Author:
Mcinerney, Monica
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
McInerney, Monica
Subject:
General
Subject:
Travel agents
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
7.98x5.28x1.16 in. .82 lbs.

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Product details 512 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345490124 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Turner Travel specializes in themed tours that take Merryn Bay, Australia, locals abroad. The natural deaths, two months apart, of patriarch and matriarch Neil and Penny Turner leave the family business in the hands of their three children, Harriet, James and Austin; foster daughter Lara; and a handful of family friends. The book opens as Harriet, still recovering from her mother's death, leads 12 tourists through the Cornwall countryside in the footsteps of British TV detective Willoughby, but flashes back to the family's past and various coping strategies: James hides behind his domineering wife, Melissa; Austin parties; Lara, taken in by the family under mysterious circumstances nearly 25 years earlier, is the model of efficiency. Meanwhile Lara, who was to aid Harriet on the Cornwall tour, has disappeared, and Patrick Shawcross, the actor who played Willoughby and who has been hired to accompany the tour has mistaken it for a where-are-they-now media opportunity. The mystery of Lara's family and Melissa's nefariousness come to light, and Harriet's love life heats up. McInerney (The Alphabet Sisters), who lives in Ireland, offers a light look at a complicated family. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of "The Alphabet Sisters" comes "Family Baggage"--already a bestseller in Australia and New Zealand--a heartwarming and often hilarious examination of family secrets and sibling hijinks. "If you haven't heard of Monica McInerney, you're about to."--"New York Post."
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