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The Chisellers

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The Mrs. Browne trilogy became an instant bestselling success in author Brendan O'Carroll's native Ireland. Similarly, when Plume introduced The Mammy (the first book in the series, May 1999) in the United States, it was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm from American readers. Fans of Agnes Browne craving further hilarious and heartwarming adventures will be delighted with The Chisellers. Agnes, the lovable and determined heroine, returns with her seven children whom she affectionately calls "the chisellers" all struggling to make their way in the world with varying degrees of success. To make matters more difficult, as Agnes struggles along the bumpy road of parenting, she learns that the family is about to be forced out of their tenement home in the name of urban renewal. Pierre, Agnes' persistent suitor, is thankfully on hand to console her. Like all good Irish stories, The Chisellers includes a wedding and a funeral, much laughter and some tears and it is sure to please newcomers as well as loyal fans of this terrific series."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 113.4g
  • Plume Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0452281229
  • 9780452281226
  • 185,081

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Praise forThe Mammy "I think Brendan O'Carroll is Agnes Browne, and if he's not, he's done one hell of a job capturing the absolute essence of a widowed mother in working-class Dublin." Anjelica Huston "How to lose weight: ReadThe Mammy. You will laugh your arse off and your tears will do away with your water-retention problem. It is an uproariously funny account of growing up in inner-city Dublin a laugh-out loud book with a Dickensian twist to it." Malachy McCourt, author ofA Monk Swimming "Hilarious and irreverent. A must-read." Gabriel Byrne Praise forThe Chisellers A brilliant book. Sunday Independent(London) By turns funny, wise and heartbreaking, this Irish Tales of the City is O'Carroll's second book in his Mrs. Browne trilogy; the first, The Mammy, received high praise after publication in the U.S. last year. Featuring eccentric characters who are charming, irreverent and believable, the story continues in 1973 with Agnes Browne at center stage This lively novel features a wedding, a funeral and an ending that will melt the hardest heart. Readers will eagerly await the third book in this series. Publishers Weekly Praise forThe Granny O'Carroll is a popular stand-up comic, and he writes with an easy sense of humor winning and likable. Kirkus Reviews "These Dubliners are irresistibly charming... Tales of working-class Irish life now fill bookshelves, but there's space aplenty for O'Carroll's sturdy contribution. Publishers Weekly Praise forThe Young Wan "An almost surefire winner one of those books that demands to be read in one sitting." The Irish Voice"show more

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Mother. Father. Business consultant. Cop. To her seven high-spirited "chisellers", Agnes Browne is all of these, and more. In the Dublin working-class neighborhood known as The Jarro, it's the Browne clan against the world -- and against the backstreet villains and white-collar emissaries of market forces that threaten to tear this upwardly aspiring family apart.The Browne brood is about to be relocated to the wilds of suburban Finglas when their tenement is demolished as part of an "Inner City Renewal Plan". With the help of her ambitious eldest boy and her persistent French suitor, Agnes copes with the ups and downs of "rural" life, one unscrupulous gangster, and the son who is well on his way to breaking his mother's heart.In the second novel of his bestselling Mrs. Browne trilogy, Brendan O'Carroll vividly captures the colorful, bittersweet world of Irish family life. The Chisellers brims with raw humor and moving drama, as one family soldiers on through an unforgettable seasons of success, disappointment, tragedy, and triumph.show more

About Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll, the youngest of eleven children, was born in Stonybatter, a North Dublin neighborhood, in 1955. He is an acclaimed playwright and Ireland's most popular stand-up comedian. The creator of a hugely successful Irish radio show, Mrs. Browne's Boys (the genesis of his novels), O'Carroll is also an actor and has a role in the upcoming film version of Angela's Ashes. All the books in his Mrs. Browne trilogy were #1 bestsellers in his native Ireland. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.show more

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