Meet the Gogartys; cantankerous gran Millie (whose eccentricities include a penchant for petty-theft and reckless driving); bitter downtrodden son Kevin (erstwhile journalist whose stay-at-home parenting is pushing him to the brink); and habitually moody, disaffected teenage daughter Aideen. When Gran' s arrested yet again for shoplifting, Aideen' s rebelliousness has reached new heights and Kevin' s still not found work, he realises he needs to take action. With the appointment of a home carer for his mother, his daughter sent away to boarding school to focus on her studies and more time for him to reboot his job-hunt, surely everything will work out just fine. But as the story unfolds - and in the way of all the best families - nothing goes according to plan and as the calm starts to descend into chaos we' re taken on a hilarious multiple-perspective roller-coaster ride that is as relatable as it is far-fetched. Good Eggs is a heady cocktail of that warmth and wit of Marian Keyes, Caitlin Moran and TV' s Derry Girls.
Good Eggs is a joyous, exuberantly fun-filled novel of second chances. In the Gogartys, Rebecca Hardiman has created a vivid cast of characters whose schemes, adventures and mishaps keep us on the edges of our seats. We can' t help but cheer each of them on - especially the exasperating and beguilingly naughty Millie Gogarty - as they untangle the various muddles in which they find themselves. With all their quirks and flaws, this is a family that earns a place in our hearts. An absolute delight from start to finish! -- Sarah Haywood, author of THE CACTUS GOOD EGGS is a remarkably clear-eyed and sure-footed debut; pure, unadulterated reading pleasure. Hardiman writes with great warmth, humor, and incisiveness about reinvention and the unique foibles of family. * Jonathan Evison, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author * Bracing, hilarious, warm, this novel is as wayward and mad as the human heart. -- Judy Blundell, New York Times bestselling author The novel is sheer delight, from the moment we meet the prickly, fabulous Millie Gogarty until her final surprise on the last page. What a pleasure to be immersed in the story of a tangled family who you just KNOW are going to come through in the end. I loved Good Eggs! -- Amanda Eyre Ward, New York Times bestselling author Fresh, funny and irresistibly good humoured - the perfect lockdown read to put a big happy smile on your face! This gem has bestseller written all over it. -- Claudia Carroll * Claudia Carroll * With a similarly finicky and rambunctious cast of characters, GOOD EGGS is a story of what happens when a new caretaker arrives to aide the elderly (and delightfully naughty) Millie, and whose presence upends a chaotic three-generation Dublin household. Fans of Backman' s good-natured characters and uplifting surprises will enjoy this spring debut! * Off The Shelf * Filled with warmth and hilarity, this book reads like a mix of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye and a Maeve Binchy novel. The Irish setting is especially welcome on this side of the pond, and of the three plotlines following different generations, the absolute best paints 83-year-old pistol of a grandma Millie as a delightfully quirky and determined soul. A charming, offbeat novel - perfect to savor as we emerge from this particular winter. -- Deb Wayman * American Booksellers Association' s ' Indie NEXT List' for March 2021 * What a lovely, amusing, and uplifting multi-generational debut this is! . . . Among the lightness, there are some stinging notes to be found too, which ensures this is a fully rich tale with much to discover. Good Eggs is a delightfully friendly and welcoming read, sit back and enjoy! -- Liz Robinson * LoveReading * GOOD EGGS captures the kind of dysfunction familiar in many families, but one that gives way to genuine love and kinship when the road gets tough. * Off The Shelf *
Rebecca Hardiman is a former magazine editor who lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Good Eggs is her first novel.