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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Mitchell Moore Narrator: Leslie Bellair Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s early summer when Ginny and William’s peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt.

First their daughter Lillian arrives with her two children in tow to escape her crumbling marriage. Next their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood—only this time around, their children are facing adult problems.

By summer’s end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family—and the old adage, “once a parent, always a parent,” has never rung so true.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Arrivals is told from multiple points of view, always a tricky maneuver. But Moore handles the shifts in perspective with ease, nimbly evoking the reader's sympathy for each family member.”

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “In her uplifting debut novel, The Arrivals, Meg Mitchell Moore charmingly examines what happens when adult children return to the familiar fold of the family home in search of solid footing when their own lives begin to falter.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Featuring sharp dialogue and witty, easily recognizable characters, Moore's debut takes an engaging, often humorous look at a family's struggle to cope with the passage of time and shifting family dynamics. It is a clear reminder of the changing yet changeless nature of families and the individuals who inhabit them.”


  • “Meg Mitchell Moore's perceptive first novel becomes a moving story about conflicted adult children who are still learning how to be grown-ups.”

    AARP magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Micaela | 2/20/2014

    " Great book about grown adults coming home to their parents for various reasons. Would recommend, read in a few days. Easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/8/2014

    " This was a very enjoyable read. Ginny and William are suddenly overrun by their three children, who all run into major crisis situations at the same time and run home. Lillian has her three year old daughter and three month old son with her, and has to give up her old room to her brother Stephen, whose wife goes into premature labor while on a quick visit and ends up bedridden for the next few months. And then Rachel decides instead of dealing with the fact she can no longer afford her Manhattan apartment since her boyfriend moved out, and that she might just not love her job, runs home too and camps out in her old bedroom with her 3-year-old niece. I love Ginny's point of view -- where she feels a bit overwhelmed with it all, what she really loves is that they NEED her, and have expressed that by running home. Though that of course makes her wonder, did she mess everyone up? It is a very sweet book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Heather | 1/28/2014

    " Not bad, not great. The story was lacking any real conflict or depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lonni | 1/28/2014

    " This is a story of grown children coming home to their parents house for one reason or another. I really liked this book and the thoughts on all of us having the need to feel needed as well as the need to be there for others. I was sad when I was done reading it because I liked the characters and wanted to know more about how their lives continued. "

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