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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (24 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: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611134353
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 1/25/2014

    " Quick read but a bit slow, boring with not much plot. would give it a 2.5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much. Empty nesters birds fly back to the nest. I can identify with the mother. She tries to fix her children problems. Sounds familiar to me. Easy summer reading. predictable, but worth reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 1/14/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. It just didn't hold my interest. I'll probably end up try to read it again in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/12/2014

    " This book drew me in from page one, a book experience I haven't had in a long time. I loved it. It deals with a couple who has finished raising their three children...or at least they thought they had. Their empty next is suddenly invaded by the "arrival" of their offspring, some with no warning whatsoever, and (in one case)their children's offspring as well. Ginny and William learn some lessons about family life right along with their children. They dialog is excellent in this book. It sounds very true as you listen to the characters interacting with one another. This is a wonderful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 12/30/2013

    " it was ok - a good beach book -family melodrama that doesn't really go anywhere although I don't know if it was suppose to...three adult kids find themselves bake at home for the summer ..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/30/2013

    " Great book, very easy read. You can tell she is a mother herself and I definitely felt for the different characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Mardijanto | 12/21/2013

    " It's a laid-back book. Remind you of your own family with all the drama and everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 12/7/2013

    " Good book about a family coming back together through a series of challenging events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 12/4/2013

    " JUST like the book I read 5 minutes ago. How weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/29/2013

    " Good easy read. The characters are likable and easy to relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendi | 11/22/2013

    " I loved this book -- well written characters, and I could really relate to the story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keetha | 11/15/2013

    " This reminded me of J. Courtney Sullivan's MAINE - the family dynamic, the converging on the family home. It was a good read, an impressive debut. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aubrey | 8/20/2013

    " Clunky prose. Stereotypical characters. Stilted dialogue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 8/7/2013

    " Gave me something to do.. just a summer read. Kinda like drinking watered down kool-aid, you keep hoping there will be more to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/30/2013

    " I wanted to like this more, but the cast of characters seemed too familiar and they didn't quite match the quirkiness of real people. I suppose the story and its resolution could be comforting for those with "who am I and where am I going?" angst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/23/2013

    " Good summer read. Light and easy. Could easily see this made into a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eden | 2/20/2013

    " I am not a parent, but reading this book almost made me feel like I got a heart-wrenching glimpse into what it would be like; the fact that I cried uncontrollably when I took my cat to get her teeth cleaned (requiring her to be put under) doesn't even come close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mullady | 12/26/2012

    " Made me laugh; made me cringe! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phyl | 7/13/2012

    " Light and entertaining comtempary fiction about grown children who return home for a visit bringing their personal problems along with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 6/22/2012

    " I wanted to read this book because I found out the author lives in my town and is a member of my local moms club! I ended up really enjoying it and found myself highlighting different phrases here and there (re: being a mom/parent) which is something I never do! "

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About the Author

Meg Mitchell Moore worked for several years as a journalist. Her work has been published in YankeeContinentalWomen’s HealthAdvertising Age, and many other business and consumer magazines. She received a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a master’s degree in English literature from New York University. Meg lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband, their three children, and a beloved border collie.

About the Narrator

Leslie Bellair is a voice-over artist, stage and film actor, trained singer, and certified speech-language pathologist. Her voice can be heard on the iPhone application “Diss Crazy!,” the online game “Back to the Cubeture 2,” various audio books published for Audible, Inc., Carina Press, and Oxford Press, as well as the short animated Christmas movie An Elf’s Story. Her professional musical theater work in the Atlanta area has greatly contributed to the characterizations and versatility she brings to the voice-over mic.