The great unexpected / Dan Mooney.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Two nursing home roommates become friends and plot an adventure.
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      Summary: Joel hates being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to take his pills. He's fed up with life in the nursing home, and begins to plan a way out. Then his new roommate, a retired soap opera actor named Frank, start turning the nursing-home community upside down. Frank is the only one who listens to and stands up for Joel. When Joel explains his burgeoning plan, they embark together on a mission to find the perfect escape. Along the way they discover that it's never too late for new beginnings. -- adapted from back cover
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    • ABNT:
      MOONEY, D. The great unexpected. [s.l.] : Park Row Books, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 19 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Mooney D. The Great Unexpected. Park Row Books; 2019. Accessed October 19, 2019.
    • APA:
      Mooney, D. (2019). The great unexpected. Park Row Books. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Mooney, Dan. 2019. The Great Unexpected. Park Row Books.
    • Harvard:
      Mooney, D. (2019) The great unexpected. Park Row Books. Available at: (Accessed: 19 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Mooney, D 2019, The great unexpected, Park Row Books, viewed 19 October 2019, .
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      Mooney, Dan. The Great Unexpected. Park Row Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Mooney, Dan. The Great Unexpected. Park Row Books, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Mooney D. The great unexpected [Internet]. Park Row Books; 2019 [cited 2019 Oct 19]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1

Retired auto mechanic Joel Monroe lives in a nursing home, a place that feels more like a prison to him since his wife passed. He's cranky, severely depressed, and ready to end it all when retired actor Frank de Selby moves into his wife's former bed. Frank and Joel form a quick, if unlikely, friendship that Irish writer Mooney (Me, Myself, and Them, 2017) portrays in unadorned prose. Mooney gives readers a window into a retirement home, a setting that he employs to great effect in this tragicomic portrait of friendship formed late in life. The action occurs over the course of a few weeks and at times develops a bit too slowly; Frank and Joel break out of the home to go for a pint, and then they break out again for another, and then again for another. The book is short on surprises but long on heart, and Mooney's portrayal of this unexpected friendship will delight readers looking for an emotionally astute portrayal of people searching for meaning in their twilight years. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.