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Title:
Multiple listings
Author:
McMillan, Tracy.
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Edition:
First Gallery books hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
Physical Description:
322 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"What would you do if your ex-con father suddenly came to visit ... indefinitely? Family drama ensues when Nicki's dad unexpectedly moves in with her, her son, and her boyfriend in this comedic novel from successful TV writer Tracy McMillan. Nicki Daniels owns a home appraisal business, but real estate is her true passion: she lives for open houses and really knows her way around a floor plan. And especially at this juncture of her life, real estate has come to signify the stability she is trying to build with her teenage son, Cody, and her much younger boyfriend, Jake. She's finally ready to find the perfect house for the three of them and work on a new business venture with Jake that she thinks will jump-start their lives together. Meanwhile, Ronnie, a longtime inmate at a nearby correctional facility, is getting some good news for once--there was a mistake in his sentencing, and he's eligible to get out of prison. After a sixty-day stay in a halfway house, Ronnie decides his best option to avoid homelessness is to move in with his estranged daughter: Nicki. Even though they haven't spoken in years, her door is always open to him, right? Inspired by the author's life and imbued with wit and profound insight into relationships, Multiple Listings speaks poignantly--and often hilariously--about the ties that bind families of all types together"--

"MULTIPLE LISTINGS is a comedic family drama about a single mother whose ex-con father is released from prison after 17 years and who unexpectedly moves in with her, her son, and her much younger boyfriend"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781476785523

9781476785530
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What would you do if your ex-con father suddenly came to visit...indefinitely? Family drama ensues when Nicki's dad unexpectedly wants to move in with her, her son, and her boyfriend in this comedic novel from successful TV writer Tracy McMillan.

Nicki Daniels owns a home appraisal business, but real estate is her true passion: she lives for open houses and really knows her way around a floor plan. And especially at this juncture of her life, real estate has come to signify the stability she is trying to build with her teenage son, Cody, and her much younger boyfriend, Jake. She's finally ready to find the perfect house for the three of them and work on a new business venture with Jake that she thinks will jump-start their lives together.

Meanwhile, Ronnie, a longtime inmate at a nearby correctional facility, is getting some good news for once--there was a mistake in his sentencing, and he's eligible to get out of prison. Ronnie decides his best option to avoid homelessness is to move in with his estranged daughter: Nicki. Even though they haven't spoken in years, her door is always open to him, right?

Imbued with wit and profound insight into relationships, Multiple Listings speaks poignantly--and often hilariously--about the ties that bind families of all types together.


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Booklist Review

Despite growing up with an emotionally distant mother and a father in prison, Nicki Daniels has built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son, Cody. She has a successful home-appraisal business, a sexy (and much younger) boyfriend, and is about to buy a brand-new house. But all of Nicki's carefully curated reality comes tumbling down when her father, Ronnie, is released from prison. According to the conditions of his parole, Ronnie has to live with a family member and all he has is Nicki. Debut novelist McMillan populates Nicki's world with a number of memorable characters, including her childhood best friend, Peaches, whose life choices frequently lead her astray, and her son, Cody, who blossoms under Ronnie's guidance. There are numerous side plots, but it's the push-and-pull of the father-daughter relationship that shines most brightly. This bighearted, emotionally engaging novel will appeal to readers who enjoy stories of family and forgiveness.--Donohue, Nanette Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Memoir author McMillan (I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway) turns to fiction with a compelling family drama about a single mom and real estate appraiser in Portland, Ore., who rediscovers the meaning of family when her father unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep, having been early-released after 17 years in prison. The story is told in first person by Nicki Daniels and her father, Ronnie Daniels, a former drug dealer, pimp, and pool hustler who hasn't lost his "boogie" in prison, where he worked in the kitchen and read psychology books. Ronnie's arrival is especially complicated for Nicki as she narrows her search for a new house for herself, her teenage son, and her boyfriend. When a sudden turn of events upends the family and Nicki's future plans, Ronnie sees an opportunity to heal their frayed relationship. The plot unfolds predictably and can be somewhat sentimental, but McMillan's debut novel is a fun read, thanks to the conversational, fluid voice of Nicki, which is successfully sustained throughout. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

TV writer McMillan has published a memoir (I Love You and I'm Leaving You Anyway) and a self-help book (Why You're Not Married.Yet). In the author's first novel, she delves into her own life experience to create overachieving Nicki, who has a 16-year-old son, a successful home appraisal business, and a much younger boyfriend with whom she's planning to buy an expensive house and open a restaurant. Into this hectic life unexpectedly drops her father Ronnie, a former drug dealer who has spent most of his adult life in prison. After the initial shock, Nicki reluctantly accepts him into her home, and he becomes surprisingly necessary to her family unit, especially as a male role model for her son. In chapters with alternating viewpoints of daughter and father, readers learn about the lifelong effects of Nicki's early abandonment and how her handsome and charming dad spent his time in prison studying self-help and psychology to take ownership of his past mistakes. VERDICT If it wasn't autobiographical, this compelling portrait of people seemingly irredeemably damaged might seem implausible, rather than inspirational.-Jan Marry, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.