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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590207351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590207352
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lightweight novel that's paradoxically both earthy and frothy."
(--Kirkus Reviews)

"Michael Tucker draws from his professional experience for a credible fiction debut . . . The rich depiction of the inner workings of the acting profession adds an appealing dimension to the breezy narrative."
(--Publishers Weekly

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"A Funny, bittersweet read."
(--New York Post

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"A darkly comic first novel by a veteran LA Law actor, After Annie is a brilliant entre to the mind of a man who has always been surrounded by women but doesn't quite know how to exist without the one he's always counted on . . . With an acerbic, sarcastic bite and a depth of honesty rare in most first novels, After Annie is a refreshing, heartwarming, and introspective read."
(--Booklist)

"AFTER ANNIE is a hilarious and beautifully rendered novel about a man off the rails, battling through the middle-aged wilderness days he hoped never to face alone."
(--Bookreporter.com)

"An engaging first novel about an actor at the end of his career and another at the beginning of hers."
(--Shelf Awareness)

About the Author

MICHAEL TUCKER is an actor, perhaps best known for his work on LA Law (for which he was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards). This is his first novel.

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He had me hooked on Page 1, and I generally shy away from books about dying loved ones.
John Morris
The plot is much more complicated than the short description given here, but I don't want to spoil the whole thing by telling you much more.
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Herbie is funny, crude, opinionated, loving and lost all at the same time ... you know, just like the rest of us.
Mystery Gal

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathie Borrie on March 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I started reading "After Annie" when I arrived at Newark airport and finished it before touching down in Vancouver. I was hooked on page one by the character, dialogue and quality of writing - and with this line in particular: "turtles his head into his coat . . . "

Contnued to be hooked throughout by: the facinating, raucous, endearing, vulnerable and oh so very human character of Herbie, the authenticity of dialogue, the treatment of universal "life" struggles, and by the bang-on writing - it is beautifully written. I think this is pretty much a recipe for success! A must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bentmax on June 11, 2012
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Not a bad read on a bicoastal flight or a day at the beach. The characters are well drawn except for the main character - and therein lies a serious problem. How could Herbie Aaron be remotely attractive to females, let alone be a Casanova? All the reader sees is an old foul-mouthed drunk who doesn't quite register as a man in mourning. Sad, yes. Angst, no. Philosophical or insightful over Annie's death, no and no. Self-deprecating, yes. Perhaps a good acting mentor. Probably a loyal friend. A man who women are still falling all over themselves to get their hands on, most decidedly no.

Blake Edward's "10" jumped to my mind while reading this. Unfortunately, Herbie is no George Webber (Dudley Moore). There is nothing cuddly about Herbie unless a bottle of booze can be considered such. Herbie just doesn't ring true.

While "10" was a sex comedy, I am not quite sure what After Annie is supposed to be. It's not morose, thank goodness, but it's not quite absurd enough to be comedic and Herbie is much less than a satisfying main character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin Kelly on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was a beautiful read. The relationships are really well-drawn, everything is believable, and it's touching without being overly depressing.

My favorite part of the book was the part before Annie died. After that, the book slowed down. I lost interest with the golf scenes. It picks up then, and there are movements in time so we see Annie again later, but the start of the book is by far the most compelling part.

I likely will read this again and will look forward to other books by Tucker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 14, 2012
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It's not easy to take a self-centered neurotic womanizing actor whose wife has just died and whose daughter has a legitimate beef with him and make him lovable. But this guy is so well-flawed that we are grateful to know him. Kind of forgives us our own human shortcomings. What a friendly and frisky read. Michael Tucker slips easily into fiction, though, for sure, his own experiences drive the story. Note that you get not only a funny, bittersweet look at an man's later years, but one of the best acting lessons I can imagine, trumped only by his golf observations. What swell writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Gal on April 14, 2012
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Having been a longtime fan of LA Law, in which Michael Tucker and his wife, Jill Eikenberry, both starred, I took a shot on this one and am so very glad I did. As with most first works of fiction, Tucker's After Annie is at least somewhat autobiographical, which only added to the fun for me. I was attracted by the premise of life-after-losing-a-spouse, then hooked by Tucker's dead-on characterizations of people inside and outside the theater world. The internal musings of Herbie, a sort-of alcoholic, together with his dialogue and interactions with those around him, are mesmerizing. Herbie is funny, crude, opinionated, loving and lost all at the same time ... you know, just like the rest of us. I absolutely could not wait to turn the next page and hated to see this book end. Hoping to see another one from this talented author very soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Morris on April 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't know Michael Tucker's acting work, but he's obviously an experienced and talented writer. He had me hooked on Page 1, and I generally shy away from books about dying loved ones. This story, though, isn't about dying. It's about living, and finding or re-discovering the personal passion one needs to have a truly fulfilled life. That may sound hokey, but Tucker pulls it off. Near the end he discusses how a stage actor succeeds to the degree he makes the audience forget "him." In like manner, the reader of "After Annie" stops thinking of the author pretty early on, and just pays attention to the narrator. As often with a good book, it was over too soon, and yet it ended at the absolute right time.
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By LCSteve on February 24, 2014
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I bought this book based on a recent TV interview with Michael Tucker - it sounded intriguing, like something I would enjoy reading, but I had no high expectations. Wow! Once I started I couldn't put it down...I can't summarize just what it's about except to say it's a delightful and FUN excursion into the mind and writing of someone who knows how to craft a good story -- the characters are people I would love to meet. Herbie, a "mature" man, shares his thoughts and feelings in a wonderfully sympathetic and captivating way. While my usual reading tastes run to spy thrillers and action stories, this is one book I am truly glad I read, and I will probably re-read it before too long.
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A good book Interesting by no t great.I knew the ending before I eve r read it. A little slow
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