You Only Call When You’re in Trouble

Macmillan Audio. Jan. 2024. 11:53 hrs. ISBN 9781250911148. $26.99. F
Tom is finally ready to focus on himself and his dream of building his own tiny house. That is, until his niece Cecily, the love of his life, according to his ex-boyfriend, calls needing his help. Cecily finds herself at the center of a Title IX investigation that threatens her career and her relationship. To top it all off, Tom’s sister Dorothy has just decided to reveal the identity of Cecily’s father. Once again, Tom puts his dreams on the back burner, answers the call, and helps his family, uncovering the beauty and dysfunction that unite them. McCauley’s (My Ex-Life) new family drama is one steeped in love, dysfunction, and forgiveness. André Santana narrates Tom, Cecily, and Dorothy with care, bringing out the humor and heart of the novel’s occasionally blundering but appealing characters. His narration highlights the tenderness and frustration of being the reliable family member who always helps pick up the pieces, even as one’s own world is falling apart.
VERDICT A delightfully messy family drama for fans of Steven Rowley’s The Celebrants or Charlotte Mendelson’s The Exhibitionist.
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