Laugh out loud… Mp Kavanaugh writes in a style that caused me to open up the book, read the first page and my legs gave out from under me as I hit the couch and did not put it down until the end. ~ Sheila
Family Plots is a fresh and funny autobiographical novel about a young mother trying against all odds to create a normal family life with her new husband, a criminal attorney, who—it turns out—is committing a few crimes of his own. The novel offers readers a wry, unsentimental account of a marriage barreling toward calamity. In an attempt to find romance, family, and financial stability, its struggling heroine stumbles into a world of pseudonyms, fake weddings, and hidden bank accounts. Events that land many of the players into the family cemetery plot also reveal unexpected secrets and stashes that manage, in small ways, to transform a tale of seeming tragedy into one of surprising healing and redemption.
So here I am again… tiptoeing into a book that makes me wonder what I am about to read. With a title like Family Plots, Love, Death, and Tax Evasion… I admit I am concerned yet intrigued. As I started reading chapter one I relaxed into what I can say is a pleasant and easy read. The words flowed off the pages and I was instantly there – with Mary – at the mailbox, studying her neighbors whose life she envisions as near perfect, and I am there as she pulls the letter out of the mailbox on page 4:
I am very sorry to hear that you still haven’t set any kind of wedding date. You surely must want to give your darling Rachel a family name, or just what is it today? Are you one of the turncoats of today? There is just no morality any more and soon the United States will be a mess, as you will probably live to see. I thought you said your college boyfriend Kevin was a wonderful man. Also you told me that he was a catholic. You are 27 years old and a mother! What on earth is wrong with you? Get yourself married and be decent. You’ll be lot happier.
Love and prayers, Grandma Hazel
I thought about showing the letter to my “college boyfriend Kevin” also known as the Impregnator-a nickname I’d invented recently, after struggling to find a proper title when asked if he were my husband.
Ok – ha ha…. I was in! When I picked up this book the plan was to to just read a few pages to get the flow of the read and then get back to it later. Instead, I found myself sinking on to the couch in the position that I was going to get back up any minute and read on later. Uhhh… yeah… about that… 2 hours later I am still onthe couch but now curled up and engrossed deeply into this delightfiul read.
M P Kavanaugh writes in a style that reached out from the pages and pulled me in. As our main character mary leaps out of one relationship into another, changes career choices and finds herself in a situation that is spinning her out of control. I laughed out loud many times (thank goodness I was usually alone while reading!) and have to say that the publishers that passed on this one made a mistake.
M P Kavanaugh says that much of this book is based on actual happenings…. well, whatever it was that made this book happen – I am all for.
The Author – Mary Patrick Kavanaugh
Mary Patrick Kavanaugh has a lively work history that includes time served in a wide range of professions, ranging from private investigator to Avon Lady. Being bossy and entrepreneurial by nature, she has spent the majority of her adult career providing executive management and strategic marketing planning for start-up businesses and organizations.
A writer since the age of eight, Mary’s award winning creative non-fiction has been published in Alligator Juniper, Room of One’s Own, San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her professional writing has appeared in numerous trade journals. Mary is the 2003 recipient of the nonfiction award from the Soul Making Literary Competition sponsored by the American Pen Women, and winner of a 2004 honorable mention. She was awarded writing fellowships at The David and Julia White Artist Colony, Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change, and The Vermont Studio Center. She recently published her first book, Family Plots: Love, Death, and Tax Evasion.
Despite public displays of disappointment over the rejection of her novel, the author celebrates having one perfect daughter, one happy marriage with a loving (but now dead) husband, one well-adjusted cat that prefers to live with her aunt, a great day job, and a confusing, yet fun, personal life. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco (2003), a BA in History from San Francisco State University (1988), good teeth, and an excellent credit rating. Mary currently serves as director for an educational peer networking organization at the University of California at Irvine.
Talk about your author with a great sense of humor! After her book was rejected by sixteen (16!) top NYC publishers, Mary self published her book and then had a funeral for her dreams of landing a mainstream book contract. The following video clip is this funeral.
This book was given to me for review from Pump Up Your Book Promotions