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Book of the Month Chat – October – Happy Hour

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October 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Monday October 31, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Port Macquarie Library
32 Grant St
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444 Australia

Welcome to our  ‘Book of the Month’, with specially selected titles by your Library staff.

October’s selection, Happy Hour by Jacquie Byron, includes a collaboration with Overdrive who are offering unlimited access to both the audio and eBook format from 6-21 September via the Overdrive app

Or, Reserve your copy now (we have extras), then join in the conversation with Leanne in our Port Macquarie Library Meeting Room on Monday 31st October at 6pm.

Share your thoughts, or just listen, in a casual friendly circle of fellow book lovers.

About the Book

Elizabeth Strout meets Marian Keyes in this wonderful, joyful, funny debut novel from Australian author Jacquie Byron.

Growing older doesn’t necessarily mean growing wiser.

Gin in one hand, paintbrush in the other, Franny Calderwood has turned her back on the world, or at least the world she used to love. Having lost her husband, Frank, in tragic circumstances three years earlier, 65-year-old Franny copes the only way she knows how: by removing herself completely from the life she had before. Franny lives a life of decadent seclusion, with only her two dogs, Whisky and Soda, a stuffed cat, cocktails and the memory of Frank for company.

Then the Salernos move in next door. The troubled but charming trio – beleaguered mother Sallyanne, angry teenager Dee and eccentric eight-year-old Josh – cannot help but pull Franny into the drama of their lives. But despite her fixation with independence, Franny’s wisecracks and culinary experiments hide considerable trauma and pain, and when her eccentric behaviour has life-threatening consequences she faces a reckoning of sorts. Yes, Frank is dead, but did the woman he loved have to perish with him?

A love story about one woman, two dogs, and the family next door, Happy Hour is a hilarious and uplifting insight into grief, loss, true love and friendship.

About the Author

‘I was born in Melbourne and, in this post-pandemic, travel-restricted world, I will most likely die there. Not the worse thing to be fair. My home is full of treasured items, including an Irish dancing costume and a Scottish whisky collection.  As a journalism graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, my work has taken me from the world of pop divas and jewellery designers to light commercial vehicles and Ugandan IDP camps. In 2015 I was awarded a Glenfern Fellowship and in 2016 my work, Trouble Sleeping, received a Highly Commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Happy Hour is my debut novel.’  Jacquie Byron.

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