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Apologize, Apologize!

Unabridged   10.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/02/2009

Apologize, Apologize!

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Audio CD ISBN:9781598878646
Digital Download ISBN:9781598878677


A brilliantly written epic tale of a quirky, dysfunctional family in the tradition of The Corrections and The Hotel New Hampshire.

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Product Description

Collie Flanagan was named after his mother’s favorite breed of dog. His brother, Bingo, was named for an Irish setter. Their names are the least of their worries because they’re Flanagans, members of a wildly wealthy, impossibly articulate family that also includes a philandering father, pigeon-racing uncle, radical activist mother, and domineering media mogul grandfather whose own daughter has accused him of being a murderer.

As Collie searches for his place in the world, somewhere beyond the big, raucous family home on Martha’s Vineyard, he suffers insurmountable loss and does his best to be brave as he copes with people he has no choice but to love.

A coming-of-age tale centered on family life, Apologize, Apologize! is full of sparkling prose, surprises, tenderness—and dogs, both real and in name only.


“Narrator Woodman’s skill with accents gives color to this rousing coming of age story about a boy who finds balance in a chaotic Irish family.”
       —People Magazine

“Listen up, readers . . . Meet the Flanagans, a quasifunctional family that might give Jonathan Franzen pause . . . Kelly is a clever, witty wordsmith with a penchant for apt if over-the-top metaphors that are laugh-out-loud funny.”
      —Library Journal

“This fine a story told this well doesn't happen every day or every decade.”
      —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“A tour de force of energy and spirit.”
      —Peter Pouncey, author of Rules for Old Men Waiting

“Narrator Jeff Woodman voices Collie, the story's wry narrator, capturing both his youth and his skepticism.”
      —Library Journal

“[Narrator] Woodman makes this worth a listen.”

Author Bio

ELIZABETH KELLY is an award-winning journalist and magazine editor with several Canadian National Magazine Awards and nominations to her credit. Her writing has appeared in many prominent Canadian newspapers and magazines, and her column work was selected for publication in the 2003 edition of Writing Prose (Oxford Press). She lives in Ontario, Canada.