The Day After The Funeral All Our Mourning Clothes Hung Out On The Line Like Sleeping Bats This Will Be Really Embarrassing, I Kept Saying To My Family, When She Shows Up At The Door In A Week Or Two When Deena S Wild And Mysterious Sister Mandy Disappears Presumed Dead Her Family Are Heartbroken But Mandy Has Always Been Troubled It S Just Another Bad Thing To Happen To Deena S Family Only Deena Refuses To Believe It S TrueAnd Then The Letters Start Arriving Letters From Mandy, Claiming That Their Family S Blighted History Is Not Just Bad Luck Or Bad Decisions But A Curse, Handed Down Through The Generations Mandy Has Gone In Search Of The Curse S Roots, And Now Deena Must Find Her What They Find Will Heal Their Family S Rotten Past Or Rip It Apart Forever Idk anything about this book BUT i m willing to read this book just because of the cover,,,, hOW CAN A PERSON BE THIS BEAUTIFUL I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND Such an impactful story with messages and writing that are bothhaunting Full review to come ARC received at ALA This book is a very Fowley Doyle story If you ve read her before, you ll know exactly what I mean she infuses her twisty whimsy, her magical storyweaving, her mysterious realism into a narrative that has deeper, darker, roots In ALL THE BAD APPLES it s about women, it s about shame, it s about family.Full review to come on release date I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review. All the Bad Apples has everything you should expect from a Mo ra Fowley Doyle novel beautiful atmosphere, blurred lines between the magical and the ordinary, and queer characters At the same time, it s so much darker and angrier than usual.This felt like the bookish equivalent of a scream.You might think this is a story about a lesbian who has a very traditional catholic father and who is grappling with the consequences of her older sister s disappearance and what might be a family curse, discovering her family s history in the process It is, and yet it s not All the Bad Apples is a story about the crimes of the catholic church, a story about the women whose truths are still buried and untold, a story about Irish history from the point of view of those who are always erased It s a story about how necessary the separation between church and state is, about how we shouldn t take our victories against bigotry and patriarchal systems for granted.This book made me realize is that I m kind of tired of reading about Americans problems I don t live in Ireland, but for various reasons, what they went through is much similar to my country s problems Reading about European countries from a modern European point of view is so refreshing, and I m glad this book exists.This also meant that for me this book was a lot horrifying to read than usual And even if you don t know what it means to deal with catholic fundamentalism, I recommend reading the content warnings at the end of this review.So, why not a higher rating Because and this has happened with the other novel I ve read by this author too by the end of the book, I felt like I didn t know any of the characters.Deena is a lesbian, her best friend is a bisexual and biracial black boy, she meets a girl who is also queer during this novel, and there s the beginning of what could be a romance I always want to get invested in Fowley Doyle s mostly queer found families, but I never manage, and mostly in the second half the parts about history took over the book, so that the present storyline started to feel stagnant It still surprised me, though I would have never seen any of that coming On the historical parts I loved their message and the point they were making, they just weren t that interesting to read The problem with multi generational stories is that I often struggle to get invested in anything historical and with so many characters, but that s on me that on the book.I would recommend All the Bad Apples to all of those who enjoy Leslye Walton s novels and liked the inter generational aspect of The Astonishing Color of After.Content warnings for the present storyline homophobia challenged, and mostly at the beginning, but it s there right from the first chapter , frequent mentions of what is rud to be a suicide, controlling parent, bullyingTrigger warnings for the parts about family history incestuous rape implied , rape of a minor implied , institutionalization, physical, emotional and religious abuse mostly told, not shown , one of the main characters ancestors got burned alive for being gay a witch again, told not shown , and we re also told about forced pregnancies, abortion, mothers separated from their babies, death of a baby, suicide, a lot of misogyny and bigotry I hope I haven t missed anything but there was a lot. hey btw, I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED OH MY GOOOOOOOOOD spellbook of the lost and found was mind blowing, and i m almost sure this book is going to snatch my wig as wellwe also have a lesbian mc in this one iconic af I quite enjoyed the Irish setting of the story, the writing was lovely and descriptive enough and a diverse cast of characters was obviously a plus The plot, however, relied a lot on stories about the past and it got repetitive quite soon while also interfering with the development of characters in the present time So I enjoyed this novel but I wish it went into a different direction in some places A big thank you to the publisher and the Edelweiss website for providing me with an early copy I received a physical ARC of this book from bookcon, and I would love to personally thank the girl who recommended it me because I ABSOLUTELY loved this story It is such an important read for women today All The Bad Apples is also based on true events that sparked the author to write it It s so raw and so real, but also has supernatural magical aspects to it The lore of the banshees was so interesting and so original I fell in love with each and every character, but most importantly, I fell in love with Moira Fowley Doyle s writing It is just so beautiful It s femisit, it s LGBTQ, it deals with grief on all levels, but there is just so much hope and strength packed into this book I could go on and on but I want everyone to read this for themselves Highly recommend I started this book with no expectations whatsoever And while it wasn t 100% perfect some parts felt a bit all over the place it was really great Some twists were really predictable but i was hooked nonetheless All the bad apples tells the story of Deena, a seventeen year old girl with an odd family her mother died when she was still a baby, her father did not raise her but left her in the care of her sister Rachel that is twice her age, while Rachel s twin Mandy, the free spirit kept running off In that complicated household, Deena tries to navigate teenagehood and most of all tries to come to term with her own identity as a gay girl in a very conservative Ireland But one day, Mandy disappears again Nothing new here at first, except that she is presumed to be dead she is supposed to have fallen off a cliff, or jumped But Deena knows that can t be true When she searches her sister s room, she finds a note and letters her sister has gone to the end of the world to stop a curse that she believes to have been running in the family for over 130 years, affecting women who misbehave , who are then cast off the family tree like bad apples There are several things that I particularly liked First, the LGBT representation, that felt very refreshing I also really enjoyed the plot, which was divided between the past and the present Combined with the immersive writing style, and the vivid setting it made it hard to put the book down I want to keep the review spoiler free but I loved that the book tackled very important topics still hard to discuss especially in Ireland birth control, the place of the church in the society, Magdalene laundries, abortion, homophobia It made the ending very powerful The feminist messages and overall the feminist take on Deena s family s history and ancestry throughout the 20th century made the book all the worthwhile. ARC provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewFull RTC but I fucking love this book.
- 320 pages
- All the Bad Apples
- Moïra Fowley-Doyle
- 24 May 2017 Moïra Fowley-Doyle