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Pieces of My Heart [Kindle Edition]

Sinead Moriarty
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Sinéad Moriarty's sixth novel, Pieces of My Heart, is a serious look at a dreadful disease, but it's never a downer because it's filled with Sinéad's trademark warmth, humour and compassion. With her thoughtful and insightful analysis of what anorexia can do to a family, Sinéad brings to Pieces of My Heart many of the qualities of a Jodi Picoult novel, while still managing to balance the darkness with a lightness of touch that compares with the writing of Marian Keyes.

Ava is juggling a life that seems to have too many pieces. First, there are her chalk-and-cheese daughters, Alison the angel and Sarah the tearaway.

Then there's husband Paul. Unfortunately, he seems more interested in work than home - which might explain why her sex life is practically on life support. That certainly can't be said about her Viagra-popping Dad, a loveable rogue who is determined to grow old disgracefully.

She would envy her best friend Sally, sassy single singleton-about-town, if she didn't know that behind her polished exterior Sally is as vulnerable as a kitten.

Somewhere in there is Ava herself, trying to do her best for all of them but lately feeling like she's running on empty. But that's before she notices Alison is in deep trouble. Now she knows there's no such thing as empty - not if she is to hold on to the most precious pieces of her heart ...

Sinéad Moriarty's novels have sold over half a million copies in Ireland and the UK and she is a four times nominee for the popular fiction Irish Book Award. She has won over readers and critics telling stories that are funny, humane, moving and relevant to modern women. Pieces of My Heart is Sinéad at her very best.

Sinéad Moriarty lives with her family in Dublin. Her other titles are: The Baby Trail; A Perfect Match; From Here to Maternity; In My Sister's Shoes; Keeping It In the Family (also titled Whose Life is it Anyway?), Me and My Sisters and This Child of Mine.

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Sinéad Moriarty has a gift for unwrapping a good plausible tale and creating likeable characters that you care about (Irish Independent)

Makes you really care . . . plenty of laughs and more than a bit of substance (Irish Mail on Sunday)

About the Author

Number one bestselling author Sinéad Moriarty lives in Dublin with her husband and their three children. Pieces of My Heart is her sixth novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241967406
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable read 16 Mar. 2011
This book is the fourth of this author's that I've read, and while it's an OK read, I found it disappointing compared to the others.

The book is basically about a family living in a Dublin suburb - not exactly two point two children and half a dog, but two teenagers plus a grandfather and his live-in lover. It opens very well and the scene is quickly set - here we have a slightly unconventional but happy family - happy, that is, until we take a closer look. There are some serious reasons for concern, but it's by no means all doom and gloom.

The central theme of anorexia is dealt with very well and the book benefits from the kind of humour so typical of its author. But the characters aren't as real as in her other books. They're interesting enough - there's zany Charlie, lively Sarah, thoughtful Ali and superwoman Ava, but somehow they seem contrived, and the same goes for the various side plots. I also thought that the way Sally's relationship problems were resolved at the end of the novel was just silly and completely irritating and unbelievable.

I'd still recommend it, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep them coming please 21 Oct. 2010
By lachbc
This is the latest offering from Sinead Moriarty and it doesn't disappoint. This follows a slightly dysfunctional family who are rocked by the discovery that the eldest daughter is suffering from an eating disorder. Its one of those books which unfortunately gives the game away quite early on, but quite subtly so someone else might not notice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not Moriarty's finest hour 30 May 2011
I bought this book having read two of Moriarty's previous novels; In My Sister's Shoes (which I LOVED) and Whose Life is it Anyway? ( a thoroughly amusing and enjoyable read). Pieces of My Heart, sadly, isn't fit to lick the boots of either of these books in my opinion. I felt little connection or empathy with any of the main characters; in particular Sarah who was grossly over the top and in need of a good slap, and the very odious Charlie - supposedly the loveable Grandfather character - but who was nothing more than a dirty old man and potential sex offender. The main character, Ava, came across as a doormat and not someone I felt myself rooting for. The side-plot of Sally and her "stalker" Maura, was cringeable and desperate, topped only by the even more ridiculous outcome to Sally and Simon's story, which made me feel as though the author had just given up by that stage. This booked lacked the humour and warmth of In My Sister's Shoes and Whose Life is it Anyway?, although not for the want of trying, but the many attempts at humour injected into the characters and plots were well wide of the mark in my opinion. I so wanted to love this book, but I felt myself merely tolerating it as a means of getting to the end in the hope things might improve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yet! 11 Aug. 2011
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I have liked all Sinead Moriarty's books, and this one isn't an expectation. I finished it in three days; it's a very good plot, with amazing characters. I felt real sympathy for Ava as a mother she was trying to protect her child and this time she didn't know how to. I didn't want to put it down as I was eager to find out what happened next. Charlie the grandfather is an eccentric person, up to lots of things you wouldn't expect a sixty eight year old to be up to. Paul the father annoyed me at first as he didn't seem to care about his family, but halfway through and he became a likeable character, Sarah the younger sister was quite annoying at times but likeable as well. I loved sally she was great but pitied the situation she had got herself into . As you can see I loved this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Aug. 2010
By Grace
This was like all Sinead's books - simple to read and easy to get through.. It deals with a serious topic but it isn't all doom and gloom because there's a lot of other little stories going on too.. Some of the characters (eg. Sarah) are very lovable and funny.. I found some of the book repetitive throughout but it picked up and it's an excellent read. I'd recommend all Sinead's books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars But I had to laugh........ 14 Dec. 2012
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This is my second Moriarty book after "Me and my sisters" which I was recently introduced to and just loved.

I liked this book also, a lot. I think, mainly, because it was hugely entertaining and made me laugh, in spite of the many serious moments and truths revealed.

I have read the other reviews and understand the many negative reactions. Because even if I mainly loved it and laughed a lot, I often felt things went far over the top. In spite of other reviewers I felt I got to know the main characters very well, actually especially mummy Ava. The fact that grandfather Charlie was called by his name instead of grandad, I did not find so strange. Today there are many children and grandchildren who call their parents/grandparents by name. But there were other things I found highly implausible and unrealistic.

The main issue in the book is Ali's anorexia. A very serious and realistically described disease. Grandfather Charlie's lust for life seems a bit farfetched and over the top. Not sexual offender material dear Charlie, but far too naïve and silly with women for a man who in all other respects seems such a wise, caring and highly intelligent man. Bringing his Polish pole dancer girlfriend into his daughter's family is not what this man would have done in real life. I do not believe that.

Ali's younger sister Sarah is a feisty and self assured young woman. But, I agree with other reviewers, the girl very often goes way too far. She seems not to mind hurting people around her. As her sister Ali says, Sarah's jokes are often hurtful, she needs to stop and think. Yes, Sarah IS funny. One has got to give over, as these teenagers put it, when she and her boyfriend Bobby perform their own modernized version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Julie".
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Have thoroughly enjoyed all Sinead Moriarty books I have read
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. Elizabeth Bowen
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not my favourite.
I have read a few of this authors other books and, although I was not disappointed, it was a good read, it was not my favourite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Kendrick
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Published 5 months ago by Mr D M Edgeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant
Brilliant read just like all of Sineads books! Patiently waiting for her next new book hope it's not too far away!
Published 6 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story. I could relate to the plot as ...
Excellent story. I could relate to the plot as I have had a similar family experience to the characters. All praise to Sinead for tackling a delicate family situation.
Published 7 months ago by avril steed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a great book can't put the book down she is a great author HIghly Recommended
Published 8 months ago by Mish40
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Absolutely loved this book. The plot was mainly about a teenage girl who becomes anorexic (which is something I know very little about)and the struggles that she and her family go... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. Pamela S. Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Very good.
Fantastic story about a modern day family, both sad and funny features in this book, plus the ups and downs in family life, I easily connected with the daughters in the family, the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jill Kornas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Very amusing.interesting characters ,sensitive way of dealing with such a serious issue,good analysis of personal relationships and sibling rivalry.This book had everything
Published 12 months ago by JW
5.0 out of 5 stars life
Great author who really knows how to write about sensitive life subjects with empathy, humour and knowledge. Can't wait to read more from her. Read more
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