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Summary

The heartbreaking new novel from the internationally best-selling author of Fall on Your Knees and The Way The Crow Flies.

'Ann-Marie MacDonald captures the dark hilarity of parenthood like nobody else. I gulped down Adult Onset in a single day.' (Emma Donoghue, author of Room)

Mary Rose McKinnon has two children with her partner, Hilary, and a fractured relationship with her mother, Dolly; she also has issues with anger management and lives in fear of hurting the children. These feelings seem somehow rooted in a part of her childhood she has trouble remembering.

Is Dolly - the kind of big personality who makes all Mary Rose's friends, and even waiters in coffee shops, exclaim 'I love your Mum!' - really harbouring a dark secret about what caused Mary Rose's childhood injuries, and is Mary Rose doomed to follow the same path with her own children?

Adult Onset is a heartbreaking, hilarious, hugely satisfying novel about family ties and the joy and agony of parenthood. Ann-Marie MacDonald gets under the reader's skin and gives voice to the feelings we have all experienced but may never have examined.

©2015 Ann-Marie MAcDonald (P)2015 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic reviews

"A complex, troubling novel that cuts with surgical precision into the sinew and muscle of family life." (Sarah Waters, author of The Paying Guests)

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Loved this book!

What did you like most about Adult Onset?

Brilliant story, brilliantly told, brilliantly written, laugh out loud funny at times, and poignant, sad, and beautiful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marie-Rose as the book is really hers and you can hear her voice loud and clear throughout

Which character – as performed by Ann-Marie MacDonald – was your favourite?

I loved her mother