The last days of Joy


Joy, the complicated, troubled mother. She’s spent her life running from her past while trying to raise her children as best she can. Conor, the eldest child. A high-profile media figure and CEO, he’s walking a fine line between self-promotion and self-detonation. Frances, the ‘perfect’ middle child. Now a wife and mother, she’s about to make a mistake that could destroy her marriage. Youngest daughter, Sinead, the acclaimed writer. Wrestling with writer’s block, she resorts to desperate measures to deliver her next book. When Joy’s children receive the news that she has only days to live, they rush to her side, bringing with them all of the dysfunction and hurt they’ve been carrying since their childhoods. Each of them at a crossroads in their lives – but there’s one more secret about their mother they need to learn. Will they finally be able to forgive their mother and, in doing so, face their futures together?

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Strait-laced Frances Tobin is the ‘perfect’ middle child, wife and mother. But when an old flame contacts her out of the blue, she’s tempted to risk everything.

Her older brother Conor, a high-achieving CEO, enjoys the perks of his media-darling status. Little does he know the reputation he has spent years building is about to come crashing down.

Ten years ago, youngest sibling Sinead was the next big thing in the literary world. Now she’s considering desperate measures to revive her once-promising career.

When they receive the news that their complicated, unknowable mother only has days to live, Frances, Sinead and Conor rush to her side. But as they prepare to say goodbye to Joy, they discover she has one last devastating secret to share, one that will finally help them to understand her – and each other.

‘A page-turner portraying the madness and messiness of family life – I loved it’ Elaine Feeney
‘Moving, funny, sharp and beautifully written … stunning’ Andrea Mara
‘A powerful and thought-provoking read’ Irish Independent
‘You will fall in love with every one of the Tobin family’ Edel Coffey
‘Authentic, deeply moving and full of hope’ Jacqueline Bublitz
‘A really engaging, raw, page-turner’ Sinead Moriarty

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Weight 280 g
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 3 cm












823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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