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BOOKLIST Review — The Favorite Daughter

Updated: Apr 9, 2019


"[H]enry’s latest (after Becoming Mrs. Lewis, 2018) packs an emotional wallop, delving into the bonds and tragedies that make a family. . . . Readers of thoughtful family dramas will be drawn to the travails of the Donohue clan.”




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Issue: April 15, 2019

The Favorite Daughter

By Patti Callahan Henry

June 2019. 368p. Berkley, paper, $16 (9780399583131)


Ten years ago, just before her wedding, Colleen Donohue found her younger sister making out with the groom, so she left her South Carolina hometown and made a career for herself as a New York-based travel writer. When news of her father’s early-onset Alzheimer’s reaches her, Colleen returns home to face her family. Colleen’s brother Shane has taken over the family’s Irish pub, which is in financial trouble, and her sister Hallie is angry that Colleen never heard her side of the story about the wedding incident. The siblings are forced to work together, and as they do, a long-buried secret about the Donohue family comes to light. Henry’s latest (after Becoming Mrs. Lewis, 2018) packs an emotional wallop, delving into the bonds and tragedies that make a family. Colleen’s inability to trust is a key component of the plot, and as she opens up to the people around her, her life—and her understanding of what “home” means—is transformed. Readers of thoughtful family dramas will be drawn to the travails of the Donohue clan. — Nanette Donohue


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Summary


Coming June 4, 2019


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive.


Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home—until she learns of her dad’s failing health.


Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home. Read More


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About the Author



Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times best-selling author of fourteen novels, including the historical fiction, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. Her fifteenth novel, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, (Southern Contemporary Fiction) will be published June 4, 2019, and available for pre-order now.



A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.


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