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eBook Anybody Out There?: A Novel epub
  • ISBN: 0060731303
  • Author: Marian Keyes
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Women's Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow (May 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • ePUB size: 1323 kb
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Marian Keyes' books definitely do not fall into the I mentally classify most novels into one of two broad categories: Literature or Crap. Eventually all that was left was Marian Keyes Anybody Out There?

Marian Keyes' books definitely do not fall into the I mentally classify most novels into one of two broad categories: Literature or Crap. Within the Crap category there are several further levels. Twilight) fall into the "Watching TV" category (because reading one of these books is the intellectual equivalent and takes the same amount of effort as sitting through a TV show). Eventually all that was left was Marian Keyes Anybody Out There? Apparently not, Marian.

I followed the trio out of the elevator, down a bare-floored corridor, and into a room, full of several other women. Everyone started saying hi to one another and an exotically attired creature approached me. She had long dark hair, bare shoulders, a long fringey skirt (I had a moment of teenage flashback), and tons of filigree-style gold jewelry, around her neck, around her waist, up her wrists and arms and fingers.

Here’s the gist: Aidan and Janie had gone out with each other for about a hundred and sixty-eight years. They’d been brought up a couple of miles from each other in Boston and had been an item for a long, long time, right since high school

Here’s the gist: Aidan and Janie had gone out with each other for about a hundred and sixty-eight years. They’d been brought up a couple of miles from each other in Boston and had been an item for a long, long time, right since high school. They went away to different colleges and the relationship ceased by mutual consent, but when they arrived back in Boston three years later, everything kicked off again.

Anybody Out There? - Marian Keyes.

Bestselling author Marian Keyes has delighted readers with the lives, loves, and foibles of the irrepressible Walsh sisters and their eccentric mammy. In this, Life in the Big Apple is perfect for Anna. She has the best job in the world, a lovely apartment, and great friends. Episode 171 - Mr Peanut: Adam Ross’ Mr. Peanut is a novel about marriage and murder with a warped sense of time and reality, but it’s also a book where the whole is a bit less than the sum of its parts. Individual threads have interesting things to say about marriage and interpe. Anybody Out There? - Marian Keyes.

Anybody Out There is a rare blend of genres, a richly enjoyable .

Anybody Out There is a rare blend of genres, a richly enjoyable satire and an inspirational tale of one woman's triumph over despair’. It takes real talent to make a reader laugh and cry, but Marian's a genius at tapping into the two emotions, and you will do both, while the story will stay with you long after you've read the last page'. Keyes can blend heavy and light together in a style.

Marian Keyes For Tony Prologue There was no return address on the envelope, which was a little weird. Already I was slightly uneasy. The sensible woman would throw it in the bin and walk away. But apart from a short period between the ages of twenty-nine and thirty, when had I ever been sensible? So I opened it. It was a card, a watercolor of a bowl of droopy-looking flowers. And flimsy enough that I could feel something inside.

Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner.

Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery o. .

Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close and The Woman Who Stole My Life.

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Anybody Out There is pretty good, that was the first Marian Keyes book I read and I was crying so much when we found that he was gone! Actually, I was crying and then giggling all the way through - you can't read that one in public! I like Rachels Holiday, it sort of opened my eyes about.

Anybody Out There is pretty good, that was the first Marian Keyes book I read and I was crying so much when we found that he was gone! Actually, I was crying and then giggling all the way through - you can't read that one in public! I like Rachels Holiday, it sort of opened my eyes about addictions. I'm not really looking forward to the new one, its about abusive partners - sounds a bit too depressing! I'll probably end up reading it anyway, as I can't resist her books! floppity · 1 decade ago. 0.

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.

Comments: (7)
Anarawield
The fourth of Marian Keyes' Walsh family novels features Anna,transformed from the dippy hippie of earlier novels into a hard-charging PR woman in NYC. But as the novel opens she's back in the family home in Dublin, recovering from serious injuries from an accident that has left her face scarred and her husband absent. In Keyes' signature style for Walsh family novels, in the first part of the book she twins the then story of Anna meeting and marrying her husband, Aidan, with the now story of her recovery in Ireland and return to a demanding workplace in New York promoting a hot line of cosmetics. Those stories converge to reveal what's happened to Aidan.

SPOILER ALERT

By the time Keyes reveals that Aidan died in the accident that injured Anna, the revelation isn't much of a surprise, but plucky Anna has captured the reader's sympathy. The plaintiveness of her frequent email messages to Aidan and calls to his cell phone underscore the terrible absence she feels after returning to the apartment they shared, so it was easy for me to understand why, even after facing the fact that he's dead, she keeps wondering, "Where is he?" I sympathized with her turn to psychics in an effort to find relief and Anna's furtive planning to escape the attentions of family and friends who wanted to keep her busy in hopes of getting her back to normal as quickly as possible. I found Anna's year of magical thinking as realistic as that depicted by Joan Didion in her memoir with that title.

Another aspect of the novel that worked for me was the PR/fashionista background with the T-Rex of a demanding boss, the strategizing to land coverage in coveted magazines, the over-the-top outfits required to fit the brand image, etc. In this novel Keyes leaves behind the breeziness of pure chick-lit by giving her sympathetic character a very dark problem to work through and significant challenges in her work life, all of which works very well. I can only conclude that it was at her editor's insistence that readers would want some lighter fare in this story that Keyes added the subplot told in emails from Dublin of Anna's PI sister, Helen, and her wacky case involving the marital woes of an Irish crime boss, which was an irritating distraction to this reader.

Keyes has transformed herself into a much more serious novelist than many of her fans from her chick-lit days probably want, and in Anybody Out There, she's trying to have it both ways. In This Charming Man, The Other Side of the Story, and The Brightest Star In The Sky, Keyes tells her story from the viewpoints of multiple characters and deals with a range of serious social ills, and those novels are by far her best. In the Walsh family novels, she's hampered by the gimmick itself and the expectations of a breezy romp. To me, Anybody Out There is the best of that lot, but now that she's published a novel focusing on the fifth and final Walsh sister -- The Mystery of Mercy Close, featuring Helen -- I hope she'll retire the Walsh family and focus her energy on what she does best.
uspeh
I don't read "chick-lit" all that much anymore (well, at least not the single-in-the-city, whining-over-being-unmarried-at-twenty-nine kind), but there are authors of the aforementioned genre that will forever remain on my must-buy list, and Marian Keyes is one of them. She and a few others take this tried and true genre and add special twists that make the novels substantial, emotionally moving and dark around the edges. Also, Keyes always deals with some serious subject matter in her books and she combines it with lighthearted humor. Anybody Out There? is, in my opinion, Keyes's best work since Last Chance Saloon. This is another installment in the Walsh family saga and it deals with Anna, the second youngest of the sisters. The book opens with Anna recuperating at her parents' home in Ireland after suffering from a serious accident in which she has little recollection. While she puts up with her overbearing mother and her eccentric younger sister Helen, Anna wonders about her husband Aidan. She wants to return to New York and regain her perfect job and her old life, but more important she wants to know what had caused the accident and where Aidan is. I won't go into details because I don't want to ruin things for the reader (like a thoughtless reviewer below had done), but there are many twists in this novel and Anna goes through a rough journey toward self-discovery.

This novel floored me. I was almost in tears in some parts and some of the twists took me completely by surprise. The prologue foreshadows the aforementioned surprise, something the author has done in her other novels, but this time she creates something truly unique and riveting. But amid all of the serious stuff and the unexpected turns this novel takes, we get a big dose of humor that comes in part by the Walsh family, especially Helen. There is a lot of emphasis on Helen and her personal life in this installment and I could only assume that Helen's story will be next. That should be interesting! I was also reacquainted with other characters from previous books and I loved knowing that they've turned out well. Anna is a great heroine. This is funny to me because Anna was the most underdeveloped character in all of the books and her portrayal here is somewhat different than in the other books. Then again, it has been years since I've read a Walsh book (Angels) and my memory is a little fuzzy. There are the signature Keyes style of writing that are less savory to me. She likes to stereotype nationalities and I've always found that annoying and at times offensive. Thank goodness it doesn't happen so much here. I wish I could bring up the main storyline and its twists and make this review longer by pointing the things I loved about those scenes and why I loved them, but that would be giving things away. You'll just have to read the novel for yourself. Anybody Out There? is a roller coaster ride of emotions that will move you and surprise you to the core. You will love this gem from beginning to end. Keyes has outdone herself this time with this novel. She has created something that stands out among the rest and I cannot recommend this gem enough. This is one so-called "chick-lit" author that I won't give up on any time soon!
Kelenn
I liked the mystery that built up in this book, regarding why the heroine's beloved husband was absent. Unfortunately, it took AGES before the answer was revealed, and it was disturbing, even if suspected.

Anna's attempt to make sense of her new reality was extremely painful to me, but I liked her persistence.

The could-be-hopelessly-dreary-and-depressing subject matter is offset by a hilarious ancillary cast of wacky (and endearing) family, coworkers and fellow seekers. There are laugh out loud scenarios throughout.

I found the juxtaposition of the comedy and tragedy a bit unsettling, as though the author couldn't decide which voice she really wanted to use. However, this was my first Marian Keyes read, so maybe that is her usual style. I will say that the end result was not unpleasing.

This was an assignment for my book club, and our average rating was a B+.
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