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  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK; Open market ed edition (Aug. 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014102447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141024479
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 4.1 x 18.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Irish by birth but a trendy New Yorker for the past eight years, Rachel Walsh learns just what it means to have too much fun in this lively drama about addiction and recovery. Rachel enjoys cocaine, alcohol and meeting men in bars, especially men wearing tight leather pants. She can match anybody's hilarious anecdotes about a Catholic childhood, but recently her life's gone awry, and God has become "more like a celestial stand-up comic" than a "benign old guy with long hair." When she wakes up in a hospital emergency room and finds she's been diagnosed as a suicidal drug addict, she's enraged. She's also broke and unemployed, and her boyfriend has abandoned her. As a final indignity, her father takes her back home and books her into Dublin's Betty Ford-like clinic, the Cloisters. Famous for a clientele of rock stars, it should be a glamorous spa, but it isn't. Quarters are spartan, clients do housework and group therapy is humiliating. It could be worse, though, and there's one good-looking fellow-inmate who might, or might not, be a lifeline post-Cloisters. This novel isn't a how-to on overcoming addiction but an examination, often comic, of treatment that is expected to result in personality changes necessary for recovery. Smart-ass Rachel actually becomes a beguiling heroine after learning to wake up and cook eggs at about the same time in the morning she used to fall into somebody's bed in New York. Clever badinage ("the only way to get over one man is get under another") unfortunately sometimes gives way to phrases like "pantie-meltingly gorgeous." The narrative is overlong, and the characters rarely speakAthey yell or shriekAbut, overall, Keyes's stylish wit keeps readers attentive, and her take on addiction is insightful and compassionate. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

Irish author Keyes continues her pleasantly amusing storytelling, although this book has more of an edge than last year's Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married (LJ 4/15/99). Rachel Walsh is definitely not a drug addictDeveryone does cocaine every now and then, right? But her roommate, Brigit, and semi-boyfriend, Luke, see a problem. Simply to pacify her friends and family, Rachel checks into an Irish rehab center called the Cloisters, expecting daily massages and seaweed wraps. Rachel is devastated to learn that she is enrolled in a real drug treatment center! We follow Rachel as she confronts her addiction and learns a lot about herself. The story is funny, fast paced, and sometimes intense. It's also longDand while it is an enjoyable read, it would have been spunkier at half the size. FYI: the movie is already in development. Recommended for public libraries.DBeth Gibbs, formerly with P.L. of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Cty., NC
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Menzies on March 18 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are looking for the type of storyline that will take the character through a journey - then this is the book for you. Rachel Walsh, sister to the other Walsh characters (Claire from Watermelon, Maggie from Angels), has to come to terms with her drug addiction while she is in rehab at the demands of her family. This book is unique because it doesn't hide the ugly truth of drug addiction, and you also get a good idea of Rachel's progress through Marian's description of her thoughts and physical withdrawal symptoms. If you are looking for a book that isn't about the will she / won't she get the guy - then pick up Rachel's Holiday. It's a good read on a uncommon topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10 2005
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This is the second book of Keyes' that I read (after Watermelon) and it was absolutely fantastic. Way better than I was expecting after being disapointed by Watermelon. The story of Rachel and her drug addiction is real-life, inspiring, hilarious and heartwarming. I could not put this book down! It was also the icing on top of the cake to realize that Rachel is part of the same family (the Walshes) as Claire in Watermelon (and as I later found out, Maggie in Angels). Its really neat to hear of updates on the other members of the crazy Walsh family! While Rachel's Holiday is an easy read, it is also completely different from your usual girly "lay-on-the-beach" read. It tackles a completely different topic but still manages to be funny and gripping! I totally LOVED this book!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 21 2004
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This is a great book, but unfortunately I have a hard time putting it down! The story of Rachel is just wonderful as she battles drug addiction, beginning with denying there is a problem at all. She goes to a treatment facility and as the story unfolds she begins to admit she has a problem and reflects on her life. The chemistry between Rachel and Luke is just so well written you can feel it. Not all the characters are very likeable, but that is real life too. I would love to read more about Rachel. Great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin on July 27 2004
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This book has been purchased and given away to 12 different friends. I recommend it to anyone that has seen the addictive personality up close and have had addiction professionals use it as a fun guide to recovery. I love all of Marion Keyes books, but this one and Last Chance Saloon are my favorite rereads. I haunt the bookstores waiting for every new book to hit the shelves and share my joy with my reading girlfriends. Thanks for the joy!
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Marian Keyes has struck again. Last Chance Saloon is yet another wonderful book, in a slew of greatness by Marian Keyes. Her ability to write real life drama is highlighted by this work.
Meet Tara, Liv, Katherine and Fintan, all friends. They have a pretty simple life, enjoying themselves just as any other singles in their early thirties. But, things change, and something amongst this group of friends sparks this change.
The way the four react and bond with one another, how they support one another, and how they live, is a beautiful vision of what friendship should be like. Their friendship is a deep, beautiful one, and its wonders are made very clear by Keyes. Her ability to write human reaction, characterizations and amazing situations is highlighted by Last Chance Saloon.
Anyone who needs a pick-me-up, easy-to-read book with some meaning will enjoy Last Chance Saloon. If you are feeling a little bit low, this book will lift your spirits, and have you enjoying your life to the fullest.
6/10/02
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I can't say enough about Marian Keyes and her ability to write funny, yet thoughtful fiction. Last Chance Saloon (like all of Keyes' books) has all the elements of girly fiction - love, sex, conflict, nice clothes, insecurities about (fill in the blanks), food, booze, bad boys, nice boys. But don't confuse this with all of those other light and fluffy trifles that are out there now. The writing is razor sharp, the characters - while often really, really "out there" - are believable and incredibly well done. You can tell from the synopsis ...the basic three characters (Tara, Fintan, and Katharine), but the secondary characters really move the plot along - Lorcan, aside from being King Rat, is such a clever plot device. Ultimately, you'll pick your favorites. Mine was Joe (I know, no imagination on my part, the classic romantic hero!) I absolutely loved the email exchange over the bath mat "Not soon enough, fear I might slip and fall". It's daffy, but sweet. And, along with everyone else, I was horrified at the reactions of all three (Fintan with his surliness, Tara with the hopeless lack of self-esteem, and Katherine with - well, I won't spoil the end), but isn't that like real life? What isn't like real life is that all's well that ends well for the good guys (including Lorcan's hopeless sidekick!) and the baddies get their just deserts. Keyes always has a bit of a morality play going on with her writing and the lessons learned here are priceless. Another fabulous effort - read it! And if you haven't read her others, read them. Rachel's Holiday is my favorite, but you can just pick at random and be rewarded.
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Rachel Walsh the middle child of the Walsh clan is here and boy does this girl have more problems then any of her family could imagine.
When Rachel goes to New York to live her family didn't expect that she would turn into such the party girl she is. But when Rachel's screws up they soon realize that Rachel needs help and that the only way to help her is to take her back Ireland and take her The Cloisters.
Rachel belives that The Cloisters will be a place here she can relax and take some time away from her life and feel better, but she soon finds out that it is nothing like that. She realizes that she is going to have to make some choices in her life that she doesn't want to make and doesn't want to admit to them.
Marian Keyes is such a talent writer the way she makes Rachel feel like it is someone you could know. She makes Rachel out to be a real person with problems and a real life.
Overall this book is funny, but also it makes think about what is happening to Rachel..
This book is one of the best Marian Keyes books I have read.
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