Ireland, 1959: Young Christopher Hurley is a tinker, a Pavee gypsy, who roams with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. Christy carries with him a burden of guilt as well, haunted by the story of his mother's death in childbirth.
For many of us, the idea of walking away from our jobs and running a charming B&B in the Irish countryside sounds fabulous. Not so for Lainey Byrne, an events manager in Melbourne who gets a real kick out of controlling the chaos of her professional and personal life ( in other words, telling everyone what to do).
But when Lainey's Aunt May passes away, someone from the Byrne family must return home to Ireland and take over her business for a year in order to collect the inheritance. As uusual, Lainey volunteers, deciding to break up with her sex, sensitive boyfriend "for practical reasons." After all, their work keeps them apart even in Melbourne. How would the relationship survive a year of separation?
This nicely tuned road trip novel from 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award–winner King begins in Ohio, where April Shea is a pigheaded 14-year-old girl who experiments with pot and constantly squabbles with her single mother, Marcy. Together, Marcy and April care for Marcy's 79-year-old father, Bill, a Korean War vet and retired salesman now suffering from Alzheimer's.