Golden Years

Golden Years

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Father Andrew M. Greeley, one of America's most popular and trusted storytellers, has long charmed readers with his continuing chronicles of the crazy O'Malleys, an irrepressible and resilient Irish American family caught up in the rush of modern American history. The previous novels in the O'Malley saga, including "A Midwinter's Tale" and "Second Spring", have taken the longtime Chicago residents from the early post war era through the turmoil and malaise of the 1970s. Now, in "Golden Years", Chucky O'Malley and his ever-growing clan enter the Reagan years - even as a series of painful shocks tests the family's strength as never before. The death of Chucky's elderly father brings the entire brood together to mourn, but what should be a time of unity is disrupted by the increasingly erratic behaviour of Chucky's unhappy and emotionally unstable older sister, igniting a family crisis that ultimately threatens the lives of both young and old O'Malleys. Furthermore, as if their own struggles are not enough to cope with, Chucky and his wife, Rosemarie, also find themselves called upon to help an old high school friend whose beloved wife and daughter have disappeared inexplicably.
To find Brigid "Bride" O'Brien and her innocent child, Chucky and Rosemarie must untangle a shadowy mystery that stretches from the bogs of Old Erin to the darkest chapters of the cold war...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 106.68 x 170.18 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765342391
  • 9780765342393
  • 1,809,755

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"Rich pages of family humor"--"Kirkus Reviews" on "Golden Years""""The true subject of Greeley's series is Chucky and Rosemarie's blissful marriage, which is as passionate as ever."--"Publishers Weekly "on "Golden Years" "Always entertaining, Greeley's O'Malley series is a triumph of the steadfastness of this family. . . . Readers will eagerly anticipate the next installment in this series chronicling the lives of this warm, witty family."--"Romantic Times" on "Second Spring" "[A] warm and wonderful tale of Chuck and the rest of the O'Malleys. Greeley's unique view of life and his passionate love affair with the Windy City shine through as he tells his story with his Irish wit and inborn charm."--"The Abilene Reporter-News" on "September Song ""A truly well-crafted read. . . . The O'Malleys are a wonderful Irish family, full of good humor and love, against the backdrop of a very trying era in American history."--"Romantic Times" on "September Song""Pulled me in instantly and never let go. . . . You "will "want to read the next one. . . . Greeley certainly made me laugh."--"Chicago Tribune" on "Younger Than Springtime""The leisurely, enjoyable sequel to Greeley's "A Midwinter's Tale" again follows the O'Malley family of Chicago. . . . By the end, where Greeley skillfully ties up one plot line as he keeps the other aloft for the next book, readers may discover that they, too, have been romanced--by an expert storyteller."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Younger Than Springtime"
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About Andrew M. Greeley

Priest, sociologist, author and journalist, Father Andrew M. Greeley built an international assemblage of devout fans over a career spanning five decades. His books include the Bishop Blackie Ryan novels, including "The Archbishop in Andalusia," the Nuala Anne McGrail novels, including "Irish Tweed," and "The Cardinal Virtues." He was the author of over 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of non-fiction, and his writing has been translated into 12 languages.Father Greeley was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and a Research Associate with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In addition to scholarly studies and popular fiction, for many years he penned a weekly column appearing in the "Chicago Sun-Times" and other newspapers. He was also a frequent contributor to "The New York Times," the "National Catholic Reporter," "America "and "Commonweal," and was interviewed regularly on national radio and television. He authored hundreds of articles on sociological topics, ranging from school desegregation to elder sex to politics and the environment.Throughout his priesthood, Father Greeley unflinchingly urged his beloved Church to become more responsive to evolving concerns of Catholics everywhere. His clear writing style, consistent themes and celebrity stature made him a leading spokesperson for generations of Catholics. He chronicled his service to the Church in two autobiographies, "Confessions of a Parish Priest" and "Furthermore!"In 1986, Father Greeley established a $1 million Catholic Inner-City School Fund, providing scholarships and financial support to schools in the Chicago Archdiocese with a minority student body of more than 50 percent. In 1984, he contributed a $1 million endowment to establish a chair in Roman Catholic Studies at the University of Chicago. He also funded an annual lecture series, "The Church in Society," at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, from which he received his S.T.L. in 1954.Father Greeley received many honors and awards, including honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland at Galway, the University of Arizona and Bard College. A Chicago native, he earned his M.A. in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Chicago.Father Greeley was a penetrating student of popular culture, deeply engaged with the world around him, and a lifelong Chicago sports fan, cheering for the Bulls, Bears and the Cubs. Born in 1928, he died in May 2013 at the age of 85.
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163 ratings
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5 26% (42)
4 38% (62)
3 30% (49)
2 4% (7)
1 2% (3)
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