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"An emotional and satisfying novel that's as tender as is it funny... fresh, honest, and addictive.  Don't miss it!"


Emily Giffin, author of Where We Belong

"A sparkling debut novel about dealing with family and finding love." — Janet Evanovich, author of The Stephanie Plum series

 “Funny, smart, wise, and refreshing…the work of a great new talent and an obviously gifted writer.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Thin is the New Happy and Four of a Kind

“Touching, funny and full of heart. A highly entertaining novel about love and family, secrets and forgiveness. Don't miss it!" --Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Come Home and Save Me


"A soaring debut!  Sarah Healy examines divorce, parental relationships, sibling relationships, religion, and love with humor, poignancy, and a compelling tension…A beautiful story that will leave readers waiting breathlessly for her next book." --Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and When in Doubt Add Butter

 

About the Author

Sarah Healy lives in Vermont with her husband and children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236777
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,736,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I laughed out loud then cried until I fogged up my reading glasses. I live on the outskirts of Christianity so can relate to Ellen but this is not a book about religion. This book is irreverent and funny, smart and touching. You've met these characters and might have grown up with them. I just sent an email to my friends to encourage them to read this book.
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CAN I GET AN AMEN is funny, frank, fresh, and totally unexpected. The characters will live in your heart long after you turn the last page. If you were raised in a crazy family, went to Vacation Bible School, or had any kind of religious upbringing that sometimes made you cringe, you will love this book. But even more importantly, Ellen's growth as a character is nuanced and keenly observed. The romantic elements are great, too. In short, this is a totally gripping book, that will make you laugh and cry. If you are looking for the ultimate summer read that is both intelligent and entertaining, look no further.
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I loved this book. I didn't know exactly what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. I think we can all relate to Ellen in one way or another. This book was very well written, descriptive and I felt like I was watching it on the big screen as I was reading it. I read it in 4 days and it would have been sooner if I didn't have 3 kids to take care of.
Don't miss this one!!
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This book was so funny, witty and candid - I couldn't put it down! While I was laughing out loud and shaking my head, it was also thought provoking and relatable.

You definitely need to have a good heart full of sense of humor to read this book.

Ellen's life falls apart in a matter of what feels like mere minutes - her husband wants a divorce, she loses her job and has to move back home to live with her overbearing Christian parents.
Ellen goes through some entertaining and sometimes scary ups and downs while trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to do.
And then she meets Mark - a handsome mysterious stranger who saves her one night and left quite an impression on her.

Will she find get her answer?

Totally unpredictable, it was such an enjoyable read!
It is definitely worth the quick read to find out!

*A copy was acquired for an honest review.
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I SO enjoyed Can I Get An Amen. It's wickedly funny, a little dark, and by the end I was unutterably moved. It's very cinematic, and seems destined to be adapted into a movie or TV show. A perfect summer / beach read. Do not miss this fantastic debut...
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Format: Paperback
After reading one of Sarah Healy's pieces in the New York Times last year, I swiftly logged in to Amazon and pre-ordered my copy of this book. I wasn't completely aware of the plot but after reading the first page I couldn't put it down and read it over the course of a weekend. Her writing style is easy to read and relatable, and even if you didn't have a crazy upbringing or family life, the characters, personalities and situations within this book will seem eerily familiar. The plot was engaging and I felt as though part of me was traveling along in Ellen's pocket as I turned each page.
A definite must-read and a fantastic debut for this young author. I can't wait to read her next book!
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I first saw this book in Barnes & Noble and was reluctant to purchase it. Then I ran across the book again on Amazon's website and decided to give it a try. I was hooked from the first couple of pages. This book has got to be one of the few best reads I've had in a long time. Every time I picked up this book it felt like I was being taken on a refreshing journey; a quick escape into Ellen's life as she constantly searched for her identity of self and spirituality. I love the way Sarah Healy opens up with Ellen's husband asking, no declaring, a divorce. His reason, fertility issues. However, all throughout the book I wondered was there more to his motive of wanting a divorce than that. Ellen left the life she'd thought would be her "ever-after" hurt and feeling like a failure to him, her family and herself. Life had defeated her as she moved back home with her parents where she found herself in a load of even more problems with her sister, Kat, and their parents' dilemma. The story had great movement and spacing and I really enjoyed the family interaction throughout each scene, especially the Christmas gathering with her boss and his wife where everything began to unfold.

Sarah did an excellent job keeping me in suspense at the right moment. This drew me into each character's life, wanting to know more, as I was allowed the chance to walk in each of their shoes and see life from their perspective. Each scene was fleshed out with visual details and descriptive imagery that allowed me to use my senses to experience each scene unfolding into either chaos, triumph or tragedy. I loved Mark and often thought of him as Ellen's angel in disguise, always there when she needed him--good to her, and good for her.

I would definitely recommend this book. It was a great read, a definite page-turner, a must have in anyone's library collection!!
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This is an intriguing book that kept me locked into it after the first chapter. The writing style made it an easy read and the story line believable. Not being a church going Christian I was pulled into the book's theme and how religion plays such a "fallback" role in the lives of so many people. I will probably read this author's next novel.
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