New York Times Book Review praised
Brendan O'Carroll's first novel,
The Mammy, as "Cheerful...as unpretentious and satisfying as a home-cooked meal...with a delicious dessert of an ending." With the forthcoming second book in the trilogy,
The Chisellers, and a movie about The Mammy (entitled
Agnes Browne) on the horizon, the world is discovering O'Carroll's uniquely Irish blend of warmth and grittiness, comedy and pathos, as he elevates the lives of ordinary working-class Dublin people and one extraordinary family into tales that are small in size but epic in emotion. With the final installment,
The Granny, our comedic and lovable heroine, Agnes Browne, has a French lover, six children in their twenties including one in prison and a wee grandchild of her own. But the world is spinning fast for Agnes especially considering that her lover wants her to become "a sexual animal" and that her family's far-flung fortune is beyond her control. The members of the Browne family split up to make it in the world on their own until a tragedy brings the brood back together again and love keeps them that way forever."