Mary, Mary

Mary Mary In a Cape Breton family of black sheep Mary is pure as the driven snow She is patient and kind with her alcoholic grandmother and volatile mother loyal and attentive to her spoiled cousin and pleas

  • Title: Mary, Mary
  • Author: Lesley Crewe
  • ISBN: 9781771084536
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a Cape Breton family of black sheep, Mary is pure as the driven snow She is patient and kind with her alcoholic grandmother and volatile mother, loyal and attentive to her spoiled cousin, and pleasant and polite all day as a grocery cashier Her welloff aunt, the only other normal person in the family, wants to help her , but Mary s mother is too prickly and proud.In a Cape Breton family of black sheep, Mary is pure as the driven snow She is patient and kind with her alcoholic grandmother and volatile mother, loyal and attentive to her spoiled cousin, and pleasant and polite all day as a grocery cashier Her well off aunt, the only other normal person in the family, wants to help her , but Mary s mother is too prickly and proud So Mary goes to work, comes home, takes care of her family, and wonders if there ll ever be to life.When a young couple moves into the apartment upstairs, it sparks a series of changes that leads to major family revelations, and Mary discovers that sometimes doing the wrong thing is the exact right thing to do.Tender, authentic, and crackling with Lesley s irrepressible humour, Mary, Mary is a book for anyone who s ever had a family good, bad, or a messy mix of both.

    288 Comment

    • Crystal says:

      Another fantastic book by Lesley Crewe. I privileged to attend a book launch recently for Lesley's Nary Mary and got to hear the first part of this wonderful novel and could not wait to get my hands on the book to read the rest. I was not disappointed in the least. Another winner! Looking forward to the next Lesley Crewe book!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hilarious! What a fun read, so happy that it was set in Cape Breton (with appearances in Halifax!). Takes me back to the Maritimes, the speech, everything. Fun look at families in all of their dysfunctional glory and the love behind it all. Cross-cut of generations of women in a family and how they grow and overcome. Nothing serious, finished it in a day and a half, but I really quite enjoyed it!

    • Krista says:

      I have been the Goldilocks of books lately, some are not light enough, and some, like this one, are too light. While it was wonderful to read a book in a Nova Scotian city that I used to live in, the events that went on in this book were enough to fuel 7 books on their own if they were dealt with properly. There was so much going on in this book, that I found it almost laughable when something else happened. Another book that wasn't the right fit for me.

    • Jodi R. says:

      I loved this book! Lots of crazy Cape Breton stuff, always entertaining relationships, unique characters (although not necessarily so unique in CB, lol) and a story that keeps moving. I was really impressed by the pacing of this book - it never slows down for a minute! There is a death scene made me cry, for reals. I do think a cheater may have gotten off a little too easily, but I am willing to overlook it, I guess. :-) Great job, Lesley!

    • Paula Dembeck says:

      I really enjoy Lesley Crewe’s books and have read almost all of them. She writes from the regional perspective of Cape Breton and her home province Nova Scotia, getting the lifestyle, the chatty dialogue and the maritime characters down pat. Her books are always filled with comic scenes, yet beneath it all are significant truths about the messy interactions in ordinary families and the important and sometimes complex values embedded in life itself. Mary Ryan is twenty-three and works at the lo [...]

    • Rhona says:

      A little busy, but entertaining enough.

    • Denise says:

      Loved this book! Loveable but imperfect characters; interesting plot twists; an Eastern Canadian theme; and a story line that can move from heart twisting sadness to tremendous comedy. When I closed the cover for the last time, I felt that I would really miss this wonderful story. To me, that is a real sign that I have just read a really good story. Two thumbs up!

    • Denise says:

      I loved the story Mary, Mary by Lesley Crewe. The story takes place in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and Ms. Crewe has developed the story around an unforgettable cast of misfits. I swear I laughed out loud at some of the things they said or did and I also know that I know people exactly like them in real life. And I loved all of the characters for different reasons. There was Mary Ryan herself, who was the wisest and kindest of the lot.Grandmother Ethel was an alcoholic and a scratch ticket buying e [...]

    • Carol Rinquist says:

      Being from Cape Breton, and Sydney as well, it is such a treat to know where Lesley is writing from and know the characters she has so brilliantly brought to life. I loved this book so much and was over the moon when my Mom sent it to me. My mother has given me so many wonderful books over the years but Lesley Crewe captures my heart like no other.Her books are the true heart of Cape Breton and the wonderful cast of characters she brings to life, warts and all. Lesley's books are ones I truly re [...]

    • Linda says:

      I was brought up short by the characters near the beginning of the story. I didn't like them as people at all. They held my interest anyway as I tried to find some redeeming quality in them. I wondered how they came into the authors mind--did they spring from family, neighbors, stories, or just observation at the mall. What fascinated me is the way Crewe drew her characters, to make three dimensional, real people. Whether you identify with them, like them or loathe them, there is no denying thei [...]

    • Danny says:

      I loved this book! I have read almost all of Lesley Crewe's books and this one was absolutely amazing!! I laughed and cried over and over again. This book is about a family and the hurdles that life can throw at individuals set in the back drop of beautiful Cape Breton Island. It was like I could see the map of the roads the characters took in this book, being from Cape Breton, myself. I would recommend this book for everyone who loves a good story, about being scared to grow up and learning to [...]

    • Joanne MacNevin says:

      I enjoyed this book. I really liked the characters, especially Ethel, the grandmother because her comments often made me laugh. I found the characters were very realistic and I got to know them well as I read. I even got to know some of the animals they had as pets. :) What really impressed me most as I read was the way in which the author was able to use dialogue to move the story along. There was some description, but most of what we needed to know came through the characters themselves. I enj [...]

    • Gisele says:

      My first Lesley Crewe book an entry for the Stephen Leacock award for humour for 2017, I was expecting a completely different read. Rather predictable with ok writinga sweet storyain candy.

    • Susan Birrell says:

      This the 2nd Lesley Crewe book I have read, first was Amazing Grace Enjoyed them both.

    • Heather says:

      I love Lesley Crewe's books and this one I read through in one sitting! the

    • Shannon Marr says:

      It was a good book; It held my attention in a familiar kind of way.

    • Vivienne says:

      I wasn't in love with this book at first, but ended up being a nice feel good read-I appreciated the Canadiana content ☺️

    • Ev says:

      Oh, dear this book is not good. I loved her other books. So disappointed.

    • Jaime says:

      I think this is one of my all-time favourite books that I've read - I so thoroughly enjoyed this that I hated for it to end. I am really looking forward to reading more written by this author!

    • Erin says:

      I enjoyed this book - a quick easy read. This would be in one of my top 3 of Lesley Crewe (Kin & Amazing Grace). I loved how many types of families were featured, yet all stuck together. I was also please with the approach to the hereditary illness. (Don't want to give any spoilers) - Mary's thoughts seemed to be very realistic: confused as I would be.

    • Linda Mombourquette says:

      If you are from Cape Breton then this book is a must!

    • Lynn Dorcas says:

      The book was entertaining and a quick read. Always love the humor and real life stories that are in her books.

    • Anna says:

      To say I loved this book would not do it justice. Finally, I have found a new favorite female author to replace the late Maeve Binchy and she is CANADIAN! How I love that! I'd never heard of Lesley Crewe before I stumbled upon this in my local small town B.C. library. I saw the red maple leaf on its spine and was immediately skeptical. It's been my experience that Canadian authors seem to think that suicide, child abuse or some other serious family dysfunction has to be necessary to make a worth [...]

    • Chelsie Gallant says:

      Pretty good book by a local author.

    • Natasha says:

      Solid 4.5 stars. This book was so easy to read, quite witty, and the characters were very relatable. I'm so happy I "found" another great Canadian author. I really enjoyed her writing style, and I'm looking forward to reading more by her.

    • Abcdarian says:

      I so want to like Lesley Crewe's books, but they just don't do it for me.

    • Alexa says:

      This book was very good. The characters were believable, just like people we all know. It had several laugh out loud moments.

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