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  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; Open Market ed edition (April 11 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718147642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718147648
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #669,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)
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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
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cash on Aug. 2 2006
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 By Nadia Khalil on 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 By D. Barac on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nolene-Patricia Dougan on Feb. 2 2008
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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 their local book shops and reaching for this sort of fiction. `Chick Lit' fiction has become a phenomenon, selling more copies than any other genre and Marian Keyes is one of its most prolific and bestselling authors. Keyes has written nearly a dozen books and seems to have gained tremendous praise from lovers of all things `Chick Lit'. I, personally am not really a fan of this genre, (I like at least a couple of murders or some black humour in anything I read) however, after seeing Keyes, being extremely witty, in a few interviews, I decided to give one of her books a go. I chose Anybody Out There? - Marian Keye's latest.

The book tells the tale of an Irish woman, Anna Walsh, living in New York, she has the perfect job, the perfect husband, and is living in one of the most fast moving and exciting cities in the world. What more could a girl ask for? Life is grand, however, as the story progresses, the reader soon realises that something is very, very wrong.

As the story begins, Anna is back in Ireland, far away from her wonderful life, her perfect husband seems to have disappeared and she has been horribly scarred. As to why she is scarred or how she has ended up back in Ireland is a mystery which is revealed slowly and intriguingly throughout the book. As Anna recuperates in Ireland we are reintroduced to the Walsh family, a family that Keyes fans will have come to know well. Readers get to know Helen, the youngest of the Walsh Clan, she is a private detective and spends most of her time hiding in bushes trying to catch cheating spouses with her long range camera lens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Menzies on March 18 2007
Format: Paperback
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). This story follows another one of the Walsh daughters, so if you've read Watermelon, Angels or Rachel's Holiday (which should be read first to put this one into context), then you will be sure to identify with Anna and her family. In this novel, Anna is under the spot light and has some very difficult life decisions come her way. You'll laugh or cry as you turn from page to page. I found myself crying often. Although I have never been in Anna's shoes, Keyes did an excellent job of captioning the Anna's emotional journey. I felt as though I was there with Anna, and could also feel the emotion she was facing. Without ruining too much of the book for you - this one is definitely worth the read. You'll laugh, cry and want to call your family!!
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