Better Reading Preview: My Daughter’s Wedding by Gretel Killeen

Better Reading Preview: My Daughter’s Wedding by Gretel Killeen

A heart-aching comedy about three generations of mother-daughter love

Nora Fawn’s daughter, Hope, disappeared four years ago. Nora has never known why. Refusing to answer her mother’s calls, emails or texts, Hope maintained contact only with her big sister, Joy. Having once considered her mothering to be the greatest achievement of her life, Nora’s spent these Hope-less years searching, aching, mother-guilting, working for a famous yet talentless artist and avoiding her own emotionally repressed mother, Daphne.

But… last night Hope rang out of the blue to say, ‘I’m coming home, I’m getting married, the wedding is in three weeks and it’s your job to organise it.’ Desperate to prove her worth as a mother and regain her daughter’s love, Nora commits to the task – assisted by her own increasingly dementia’d mother and her two best friends, Soula (an amateur bikini-line waxer) and Thilma (whom they found in a cab in the 1980s).

My Daughter’s Wedding is both hilarious and profound as it explores the confounding complexity, wild terrain, mountains, valleys and quicksand found in three generations of mother-daughter love.

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Publisher details

My Daughter's Wedding
Author
Gretel Killeen
Publisher
Hachette
Genre
Fiction
Released
23 February, 2021

Synopsis

A heart-aching comedy about three generations of mother-daughter love Nora Fawn's daughter, Hope, disappeared four years ago. Nora has never known why. Refusing to answer her mother's calls, emails or texts, Hope maintained contact only with her big sister, Joy. Having once considered her mothering to be the greatest achievement of her life, Nora's spent these Hope-less years searching, aching, mother-guilting, working for a famous yet talentless artist and avoiding her own emotionally repressed mother, Daphne. But ... last night Hope rang out of the blue to say, 'I'm coming home, I'm getting married, the wedding is in three weeks and it's your job to organise it.' Desperate to prove her worth as a mother and regain her daughter's love, Nora commits to the task - assisted by her own increasingly dementia'd mother and her two best friends, Soula (an amateur bikini-line waxer) and Thilma (whom they found in a cab in the 1980s). My Daughter's Wedding is both hilarious and profound as it explores the confounding complexity, wild terrain, mountains, valleys and quicksand found in three generations of mother-daughter love.
Gretel Killeen
About the author

Gretel Killeen

Gretel Killeen is an Australian comedian, television and radio presenter, media personality, artist and author. She has hosted Logie Award-winning TV, won a Mo Award for her TV writing and, over seven years as a TV host, led millions of viewers through the precariously unpredictable maze of live television. One of Australia's top voice artists, she has performed on stage, produced TV packages in Afghanistan, MC'd for troops in Iraq, the Solomon Islands, East Timor and Egypt and directed a documentary on AIDS orphans in Zambia. Gretel has travelled to Namibia, Antarctica and Lebanon as a travel writer, worked as a journalist for Australia's major publications and written more than twenty books and best-selling true stories. She is already working on her next novel.

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  1. Bridget Fletcher says:

    I’d love to do a review on this book

  2. Karina Bryer says:

    Having watched and admired Gretel as a comedian over the years, I would love to have the opportunity to see what she could do in a book.

  3. Paula Austin says:

    I like the sound of this book – love to preview!