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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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