Anybody Out There?

Anybody Out There?

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Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters -- Claire, Maggie, Rachel, Helen, and Anna -- and their crazy mammy. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it's Anna's turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the "Best Job in the World" as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband -- the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy's living room in Dublin with stitches in her face, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands -- and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid (just like all of her favorite nurses on her soaps), and her sister Helen sits in wet hedges doing her private investigator work for Lucky Star PI, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won't return her phone calls or e-mails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan -- a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can't stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone in the city who can promise her a reunion with her beloved. . . .

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes's best novel to date, a wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060731304
0060731303
Branch Call Number: FICTION KEYES
Characteristics: viii, 456 p. ; 24 cm

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Chapel_Hill_TracyB Aug 21, 2019

Marian Keyes is of those authors who's taken the most painful parts of her life and used them to drive some fantastic writing--books that make us laugh, cry, and think. The reading trifecta.

This is the fourth of five Walsh sister novels, Anna's story,, and boy does she have one. At the beginning of the novel, she's recuperating from health problems at home in Dublin with her family, but she misses her husband, Aiden, and wants to get back to her home in New York. While the chaos that comes with a family of five daughters, an overwhelmed father, and a bit of a whackadoodle mammy swirls around her, Anna is melancholy, wanting only to return to New York. Keyes takes her time (I've seen some reviewers say many of her books are too long, but I'm happy to have more time in her worlds), slowly watching Anna's memories reveal how she landed home in Dublin, and carefully letting the reader see how her past affects where she'll go next. Interestingly, she does this by staying in the present, in Anna's head, watching her thoughts as they happen, letter them drive her emotions and behaviors, and inevitably, helping us understand Anna by being with her instead of showing her to us. Keyes won't be hurried, and the end result is that we really know who Anna is, how she feels, and that even those with emotional issues (temporary or otherwise) can be okay. And we laughed with her and her family at the same time. (Her family, by the way, especially Mammy, is hilarious).

Great novel for those who enjoy watching women come out from their pain, mental health issues, difficult circumstances of all kinds and find a way to be happy, especially when they really want to experience it by knowing the characters well yet be encouraged to find humor at the same time. NOT for anyone who is impatient to see the end of that process come too fast.

This is the fourth book by Keyes about the Walsh sisters – a wonderfully dysfunctional family of 5 young women and their loving but odd parents. Anna Walsh must return to her family in Ireland to recover from a disfiguring car accident, but she can’t wait to get back to her life in New York as a PR person for Candy Grrrl cosmetics. But when she gets home, Anna can’t figure out why her husband Aiden isn’t returning any of her messages. Anna’s mum and her scary, beautiful sister Helen are a hoot. Anna’s work for Candy Grrrl also provides a lot of comic relief – Anna is forced to wear “quirky” outfits to work (terrible hats, purses shaped like unpurse like things, pink fishnets) when what she longs for is a charcoal suit. This book is a perfect blend of heartbreak and hilarity. (submitted by GH)

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cmfrakes
Mar 04, 2017

Keyes is such a great storyteller. This book was humorous, I loved the characters, got sucked in and couldn't put it down.

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badidea
Oct 15, 2016

I enjoy her humour and her social observations.

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Irene99
Nov 03, 2014

A friend recommended this author as being light and amusing. It was ... dealing with a tough subject but with many laugh-out-loud moments. Enjoyed ... looking forward to reading more from this author!

gilby1228 Feb 08, 2012

Loved it! Marian Keyes books are NOT the usual chick-lit offerings, they're so much deeper, so well written, and always engaging. This is definitely my favourite by this wonderful author.

This book was amazing, and had the power to bring you to tears and laugh out loud at the same time. It was very moving, and I highly recommend it.

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Lynn62
Feb 17, 2011

This is one of my favourite books.
Very funny and incredibly moving.
Marian Keyes at her best.

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Dquinn
Oct 23, 2010

Fabulous, fabulous humor, sadness, wit. This is one entertaining story told by a very gifted writer.

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winonagirl
Aug 26, 2010

This is an excellent book. The characters are very real, quirky and fun. The book has some really good twists - and feels very real.

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