‘I always thought memories were unchangeable. Set in stone, shaped by the years. But there are always others too, ones you haven’t let yourself remember . . . ’
The wilful and eccentric Lola Quinlan is off on the trip of a lifetime, taking her beloved granddaughter and great-granddaughter with her. More than sixty years after emigrating to Australia, she's keeping a secret promise to return to her Irish homeland.
But as she embarks on her journey, the flamboyant Lola is still hiding the hurtful reasons she left Ireland in the first place. What - and who - will be waiting for her on the other side of the world?
The Trip of a Lifetime is a big, bold, beautiful book about the light and dark times of life, and all the wonders in between. Moving from the Clare Valley of South Australia to the lush Irish countryside, this is a delightful, emotional story about a colourful and huge-hearted family that you'll want to call your own.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Perfect for those with a long stretch of (holiday) time, Monica McInerney’s sprawling family saga is set in both Ireland and South Australia’s wine region and explores memories, lies and the meaning of home. Octogenarian Lola is a strong-willed matriarch whose colourful life hides a number of secrets, but when she returns to Ireland after a 65-year absence, her carefully obscured past starts to reveal itself. At the book's heart is a question: What prompted Lola to leave her motherland? The Trip of a Lifetime is suffused with McInerney’s trademark humour and warmth.
Amazing as usual!
Loved it! Who wouldn't love Lola! I feel like this book is a fab way to get closure of the many books about this family! I really enjoyed every part!