HE’S GOT TO GO by Sheila O’Flanagan

HE’S GOT TO GO

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Three Irish sisters, in and out of love.

Nessa is contented wife to Adam and mother to eight-year-old Jill; Cate works in sports-shoe marketing and is involved with sexy Finn Coolidge, a popular radio personality; and Bree is a tough-on-the-outside-creampuff-on-the-inside auto mechanic who secretly yearns for romance. The three are close and talk often (sometimes incessantly), but the usual sibling rivalries can surface now and then. Nessa is just too perfect, according to Cate, who is constantly fretting over hundreds of unvoiced worries. What if Finn doesn’t really love her? What if he becomes too successful when he moves from radio to TV? What if she got pregnant? Oh, no—she is pregnant! But she doesn’t want a baby. Correction: she doesn’t want this baby. How will she tell Finn? Maybe she should just have an abortion. Or maybe not. What if he finds out that she’s lying about it? Don’t men usually do the lying? And while she’s on the subject, does Nessa know that her perfect husband is cheating on her? Should Cate tell her? Bree has more or less resigned herself to a solitary life when Cupid’s wee arrow hits its mark, but she really can’t fall in love with a 45-year-old widower and father of three—can she? What do her sisters think? More confabulations ensue, with their mother Miriam joining the nattering chorus. Nessa confronts Adam, who admits to seeing not one but two women on the side—but only for sex (his words). She’s outraged, but does she still love him? Does he love her? Will he give up Annika and Regan for Nessa and Jill? The sisters pick each other’s lives to tiny pieces in their search for answers.

Talky, trivial, endless—and punctuated with silly horoscopes. Published in Britain in 2002, from the author of many similar tales.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-7434-7042-7
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Downtown Press/Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2003