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Anybody Out There [Paperback]

Marian Keyes
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 11 2006

Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents' Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, The Most Fabulous Job In The World™ and above all, it means her husband, Aidan.

But nothing in Anna's life is that simple anymore… Not only is her return to Manhattan complicated by her physical and emotional scars – but Aidan seems to have vanished. Is it time for Anna to move on? Is it even possible for her to move on? A motley group of misfits, an earth-shattering revelation, two births and one very weird wedding might help Anna find some answers - and will change her life forever.


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From Publishers Weekly

International bestseller Keyes is back with another quirky, heartwarming story of the Walsh sisters (Angels, etc.). Anna Walsh has returned to the bosom of her family in the Dublin suburbs to recuperate from the horrendous car accident that has left her with multiple fractures and a disfiguring scar across her face. Desperate to go back to New York and resume her normal life, she soon packs up her bags and returns to her job in beauty PR for punk cosmetics brand Candy Grrrl. A lonely and debilitated Anna leaves e-mails and phone messages for her mysteriously absent husband, Aidan, pleading for him to reply. [...] Meanwhile, she reminisces about their courtship and marriage while her kooky family (especially her Mum and hyperactive PI sister Helen) tries to buoy her spirits. Keyes's trademark blend of humor, diverse characters and a warm but unsentimental tone strikes gold. (May 9)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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So tantalizing is the mystery behind Anna Walsh's multiple debilitating and disfiguring injuries, it would be criminal to explain why the self-proclaimed owner of the "Best Job in the World" (PR maven for Candy Grrrl cosmetics) has left her trendy New York life to recuperate in the "good front room" of her parents' Dublin cottage, since Keyes herself strings readers along until the end of part 1 before revealing the cause of Anna's broken bones and broken heart. Suffice it to say that readers will be as devastated as Anna is to learn what awaits her when she returns to America and begins the agonizing process of rebuilding her shattered life. Hardly sounds like the stuff of raucous humor, now does it? And yet Keyes' latest madcap escapade starring one of the five wacky Walsh sisters teems with moments of joyous hilarity and laugh-out-loud humor. Anna is the kind of gal every woman would want as her best friend, sister, or daughter. Plucky doesn't begin to describe her approach to life, and her journey of self-discovery can stand as a provocative lesson in how to cope with demoralizing crises. Keyes fans will embrace this as her best yet, and first-time Keyes readers will want to read everything she's written. Carol Haggas
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marian Does It Again Aug. 2 2006
By Cash
Format:Paperback
Love, love, loved it. I've always been a Marian Keyes fan and I wasn't disapointed with this book. It made me laugh and cry, sometimes both at the same time. Marian makes you feel like your part of the crazy Walsh family or wish that you were. Not only is it a feel good book, as I finished the last page I was filled with hope. I'll never look at a butterfly the same way again. A must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Equal Measures of Irish Charm and New York Style Aug. 2 2006
Format:Paperback
The marketing business is a self-contained, cutthroat world, world but Anna Walsh emerges from it as a young, successful executive for Candy Grrrl Cosmetics in New York. She's smart, she's beautiful, and she's got a wonderful husband who adores her. In short, she has it all.

But that's not how it seems when this story first opens in Anna's native Dublin, where her parents are nursing her back to health and tending to some of her very serious physical injuries. The nature of those injuries remains a mystery, as does the unexplained absence of Anna's husband, Aidan, during Anna's convalescence. Her phone calls to him go un-returned, as do her e-mails, and Anna becomes increasingly anxious over his continued silence. So anxious in fact that she decides it's time to go back to New York to try and make sense of everything.

I've long suspected that beneath Marian Keyes "chick-lit" façade, there lay some very serious writing. Her latest offering, <u>Anybody Out There?</u>, goes a long way to proving that. This book explores the nature of relationships, attraction, and one woman's desperate attempt to hold on to the man she loves, whatever the cost.

This book is also a bit of a mystery. Anna's memories jump with surprising fluidity from present to past and back again, allowing readers to fill in the blanks at a comfortable pace until they come to the novel's twist.

Those familiar with Keyes' previous novels will find themselves in familiar territory with the Walshes: a family that has been featured very prominently in books past. This time Anna serves as narrator and protagonist, but her sisters Claire, Rachel, Margaret and Helen are all back with memorable cameos of their own

Keyes delivers wonderful characters, excruciatingly funny insights into ordinary work and family life, and a fantastically bittersweet love story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 29 2006
Format:Paperback
I thought the book was wonderful. I was a little put off at first about it being a 600-pager, but once i started reading it, i just couldn't put it down. It kept you asking yourself 'what's going to happen next?' and makes you want to read on to find the answers to the many questions that arise. I loved how the author played with our emotions as we go through Anna's journey of loss and recovery. The characters are also very well sculpted. Many of them make you feel as if you know them. All of these elements make it a great read and an excellent book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read! July 4 2006
By Aladora
Format:Paperback
I received this as part of a BzzAgent kit and I was thrilled to get it! I've read every one of Marian Keyes other books and have loved each and every one of them. This one was no exception. Although it is a little darker than her other books, that in no way detracts from its appeal. It is an engaging story and there is a bit of a mystery going on for the first half of the book that kept me turning the pages way into the wee hours of the night. A highly recommended book by a highly recommended author!

I can't wait for her next book to come out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anybody Out There? I SURE AM!! July 1 2006
Format:Paperback
I recieved the book to read as part of program that I am signed up for, BzzAgent. I started the book relunctantly, thinking that it was going to be some chick flick kinda of book. But by page 4 (no joke, really the second actually page of writing in the book) I was hooked. I wanted to know what was going on with the protagonist, Anna. Why was she with her parents? Why did she need to go back to New York so badly? And what happened that made her leave? I was dying for answers. Each free minute I had I dug through a couple dozen pages begging for answers but hanging on to every written word in the book even after all of these questions are answered. Marian Keyes is an awesome writter and has a way of drawing in the reader right until the last page of book and left me wanting more even after the story has fininshed. I want (maybe even need) to purchase another of Marian's books just because I am so absolutely hooked on her writing style.

Great book and most definately, Great author.

Very much recomended to anyone who... well can read! Seriously!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marian Keyes: A WOMAN'S Best Friend! June 13 2006
By Rebecca
Format:Paperback
As yet another BzzAgent who received this book for a word-of-mouth campaign, I was slightly put off by the thickness of the book, until I started reading it! From the beginning, Marian's writing style is witty and smart, with a spoonful of realism and relatability.

The plot is interesting, with a few twists and turns, and one big mystery that, when finally revealed, is nothing I would have even guessed. The main character, Anna Walsh, is likeable and, besides having the "Best Job in the World" (which most women can't quite boast), is easy to relate to, from her crazy family to her troubles at work.

This novel will make you smile, it will make you laugh, and, like most good novels, it will also make you cry. But in the end, Marian Keyes' "Anybody Out There?" left me with a smile on my face, a little more hope in my heart, and a strong desire to read many more books by Marian Keyes.

While this wasn't necessarily the best book I've ever read (hence the 4 stars), it was worth every moment spent reading it, and I think every woman should have a little Marian Keyes in her life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. Funny with a little seriousness.
I could not put this book down. It was my very first Marian Keyes book and I can not wait to read another.
Published on April 23 2011 by Leanne
2.0 out of 5 stars Obnoxious family subplots ruin the main story
I was in the mood for a light, silly romp that kept me turning pages. And it did for half the book. Then the story "broke open", and Keyes began using the subplots to fill the... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2011 by Samantha
1.0 out of 5 stars huge disappointment!
Even though I have never written any reviews before, I definitely had to get it of my chest in this case: What a huge diappointment this book was! Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2010 by choc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
By coincidence, read it when had just lost someone close to me.
The feelings that her main caracter goes through are extremely accurate.
Published on March 24 2010 by C.M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book had me hooked. I loved it! One of my favourites by Marian Keyes.
Published on June 13 2008 by M. Ficher
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex and the City by Way of Ballykissangel
Ever since Carrie Bradshaw donned those Manolo Blahniks in Sex and the City and Renee Zellweger put on forty pounds to play Bridget Jones, women everywhere have been going into... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2008 by Nolene-Patricia Dougan
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad, insulting to the intelligence
This book is an amalgam of: Sex and the City, Bridget Jones Diary, The Devil Wears Prada and P.S. I Love You. You will find all characters from these other books in here. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2008 by voraciousreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - I couldn't put it down!!
I have a huge Marian Keyes Fan, and I could not put this book down. I plowed through all 500+ pages in under 4 days (which is unusual for a working professional with little time). Read more
Published on March 18 2007 by Menzies
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, my favorite Keyes' novel yet!
This is probably one of my favorite Marian Keyes' books so far! I found it to be a refreshing story... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2006 by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and fabulous
Once again Marian writes a winner. A heartfelt tale about living after your husband dies. Marion has you crying, and yet there are passages that are laugh out loud funny. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2006 by Michelle
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