Sunday's on the Phone to Monday

A Novel

Sunday's on the Phone to Monday

The Royal Tenenbaums meets J. D. Salinger in this “sharply observed and bittersweet family romance with a rock ’n’ roll heart” (Elle).

Claudio and Mathilde Simone, once romantic bohemians hopelessly enamored with each other, find themselves nestled in domesticity in New York, running a struggling vinyl record store and parenting three daughters as best they can: Natasha, an overachieving prodigy; sensitive Lucy, with her debilitating heart condition; and Carly, adopted from China and quietly fixated on her true origins.

With prose that is as keen and illuminating as it is whimsical and luminous, debut novelist Christine Reilly tells the unusual love story of this family. Poignant and humane, Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is a deft exploration of the tender ties that bind families together, even as they threaten to tear them apart.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501116889 | 
  • June 2017
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NZ$ 26.99

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Christine Reilly. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


This is a love story about the Simone family. Claudio and Mathilde met when they were teenagers and created a romantic bohemian lifestyle in nineties Manhattan before having three children, each daughter unique. There’s the eldest, Natasha, who possesses a cool and analytical outlook on life; Lucy, who tries to get through her debilitating heart condition by listening to classic rock and befriending her mentally ill aunt; and Carly, adopted from China, who develops a fascination with her true origins.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. Discuss the device of capitalizing the word “Heart.” Why do you think the author made this choice? How do you think the “Heart,” both literally and metaphorically, threads through each character in different ways?

2. How does music, especially classic rock, factor into this book? How does it bond and define the Simones? Is there a song or artist your family bonds over, or one that instantly brings back a ce see more

About the Author

Christine Reilly
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Christine Reilly

Christine Reilly lives in New York City. She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Dalton School, and Collegiate School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and her Master’s degree in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Sunday’s on the Phone to Monday is her first novel.