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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061240850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061240850
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From Booklist

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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More About the Author

Marian Keyes lived in London for ten years before returning to her native Dublin. After receiving a law degree and studying accounting, she began writing short stories in 1993. She is the author of three previous novels--Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, and Rachel's Holiday--all major bestsellers around the world.

Customer Reviews

I have read several of Marian Keyes's books about the Walsh sisters.
T. DeBrock
I also felt like at times the plot dragged a little bit and it did not seem like that much was occuring.
Chicago Book Addict
There is an interesting twist mid-way into the book that will keep you reading.
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I'm not a person who normally reads chick lit, but when I was thirteen years old I went on a kick of only buying books with pastel covers. It was stupid, I know, but it seemed like books with pink and yellow covers are cheerful. This was how I picked up Marian Keyes's book Watermelon. And was introduced to the Walsh family. I liked Watermelon; loved Rachel's Holiday and adored Angels. So I bought this book right away, even though it's in hardcover.

From the start I loved the series-all of the sisters were so different in their perceptions in others and themselves. So when I saw this book was about Anna-the younger, perpetually zoned (and possibly stoned) type 2 sister (small, dark and pretty) I was a little shocked to see that she had a job as a PR girl for a makeup line in New York. I mean, when did she get herself together and stop being zoned?

It takes a while to find out. A great deal of the first half of the book is flashbacks to Anna's first job, her move to New York and meeting Aidan her love of her life husband. But all these flashbacks are taking place when Anna is laid up in Dublin with serious injures and an absent husband. What happened? Well, that's what part two is about. Part three is about...well, that would ruin the surprise. I won't tell. I will say that there is no amnesia in this book-I don't why it said that on the jacket cover. One of the centeral issues of the book is seaking what is lost-no matter what it was, but there is no amnesia going on. Selected memory yeah, but no amnesia.

Like all the Walsh books this novel is more than it seems. Marian Keyes is fantastically talented at taking a very heavy subject and putting into terms everyone understands.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on May 11, 2006
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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.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on June 13, 2006
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The Walsh family of Dublin must be the funniest family in contemporary lit. To date, Marian Keyes has gifted us with stories about Claire (Watermelon), Maggie (Angels), and Rachel (Rachel's Holiday). In her newest novel, it is time for Anna to take center stage. The fourth of the five sisters, Anna has appeared peripherally in the other stories. Always a minor character, slightly spaced-out, and a flamboyant dresser, Anna has somehow lucked into what she describes as the best job in the world.

Convincing her best friend Jackie to move with her, Anna establishes a life in New York City. She has a job she loves doing promotions for a cosmetics company, shares a tiny Manhattan studio with Jackie, and pals around with her sister Rachel and an assortment of New Yorkers. And then Anna meets Aidan, the love of her life. Their romance is central to the story though told mainly in flashbacks since the story opens with Anna back in Dublin and recuperating from some very serious injuries. Where is Aidan? Anna calls his cell and emails him daily, but there is no response. When she is better, she flies back to New York and continues to try and contact him.

In this novel, Marian gives Anna a bigger mountain to climb than she had given any of the other sisters. Anna faces the worst hardship imaginable and a trauma that will leave the reader thunderstruck. But even this tragedy is punctuated with Marian's trademark humor and the reader will be laughing as well on each page. The writing is superb with an overwhelming shocker at the end of part one and another shocking twist at the end of part two. Perhaps the most deeply riveting of her novels thus far and the most emotionally-charged, this will be a welcome addition for fans of Marian Keyes and a wonderful introduction to her for those not yet acquainted with her writing.
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