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Published by Touchstone on April 5, 2016
Genres: Family Life, Literature & Fiction, Sagas
Source: Edelweiss, Netgalley
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The Middlesteins meets The Virgin Suicides in this arresting family love story about the eccentric yet tightknit Simone family, coping with tragedy during 90s New York, struggling to reconnect with each other and heal.
Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once romantic bohemians hopelessly enamored with each other, find themselves nestled in domesticity in New York, running a struggling vinyl record store and parenting three daughters as best they can: Natasha, an overachieving prodigy; sensitive Lucy, with her debilitating heart condition; and Carly, adopted from China and quietly fixated on her true origins.
With prose that is as keen and illuminating as it is whimsical and luminous, debut novelist Christine Reilly tells the unusual love story of this family. Poignant and humane, Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is a deft exploration of the tender ties that bind families together, even as they threaten to tear them apart.
I have been anticipating Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday for months. I checked and my first mention of it on the site was back in December 2015. When I received the ARC I wanted to read it right away, but schedules and all that. I also was leery as it couldn’t be as good as I hoped. I had built it up to a point that I was sure I would be disappointed. And for the first few chapters I was. Claudio and Mathilde, in the beginning, were just too cool and NYC hip. But then, their backstories began to come out and I started to like them. However, once their children entered the story I loved them. Natasha, Lucy and Carly were the heart of the story. Once they entered it changed the whole dynamic in a very powerful way.
The plot was very unique; it encompassed a family and the myriad happenings of almost everyday life in a very powerful way. Christine Reilly’s writing was suburb; nuanced and vivid. The pacing had a few issues in the beginning but once the girls came in, it was smooth. The world built also had a few glitches in the beginning but again, once the daughters came in it became very real. Ah, the emotions. Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday broke me at the end. This was no dainty sniffle book, but rather a throat tightening, gut punch kindof read. The characters were the true heart of Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday. The three girls wrapped around each other in a powerful way and their love for one another trickled to the other characters and once you saw them in their light you had no choice to also love them.
Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is a powerhouse of a book. Full of emotions and hidden gems, it is a read to savor. Christine Reilly’s debut speaks of great things to come from an author with a true and unique voice.
Favorite lines – Claudio could divide his life into before fatherhood and after fatherhood. Before he was a father, Claudio swore that there was nothing he could love more than rock and roll. And then he had his daughters, and it wasn’t even that he loved them more than rock and roll. It was that they were rock and roll.
Biggest cliché – As long as we’re cool we’ll be fine.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge