When Kevin Gogarty’s irrepressible eighty-three-year-old mother, Millie, is caught shoplifting yet again, he has no choice but to hire a caretaker to keep an eye on her. Kevin, recently unemployed, is already at his wits’ end tending to a full house while his wife travels to exotic locales for work, leaving him solo with his sulky, misbehaved teenage daughter, Aideen, whose troubles escalate when she befriends the campus rebel at her new boarding school.
Into the Gogarty fray steps Sylvia, Millie’s upbeat American home aide, who appears at first to be their saving grace—until she catapults the Gogarty clan into their greatest crisis yet.
With charm, humour, and pathos to spare, Good Eggs is a delightful study in self-determination; the notion that it’s never too late to start living; and the unique redemption that family, despite its maddening flaws, can offer.
Initially when I started reading Good Eggs with my book club, I wasn’t 100% sure if I would like it. But it didn’t take long before I realised how hilarious it was. Millie is a hoot. A kleptomaniac OAP with a penchant for stealing greetings cards, cheese and onion crisps and Hula Hoops, Millie is a liability in her beaten up old Renault, as well as in the kitchen. She is convinced son Kevin wants to put her in a nursing home for her own safety and that of other road users.
But not to worry. Kevin has a solution to her latest shop-lifting escapade and subsequent arrest. He’ll hire a ‘minder’. But oh dear Kevin, how well did you do your research. Glamorous, American, professional home help Sylvia is not what she seems. And to make things worse, she has a nephew Sean with whom granddaughter Aideen falls head over heels in love. Aideen – with her perfect twin sister Nuala who she calls her ‘Nemesis’. Aideen – who has been banished to an all girls boarding school in the hope that she’ll learn good behaviour and respect. What could possibly go wrong? And as for Kevin – who’s a naughty boy then?
Could things get any worse? Yes they can. Much, much worse, but I’m not giving anything else away. Suffice to say, Good Eggs turns into a hilarious romp with moments that are so ludicrous, it’s almost like a French farce. And I loved every crazy minute.
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.
About the Author
Rebecca Hardiman is a former magazine editor who lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. GOOD EGGS is her first novel.