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No One Could Have Guessed the Weather Hardcover – June 13, 2013

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Lucy’s husband loses his job and moves the family from posh London to a very nice life in New York (no private school for the two boys but a good public one). She is untethered and unhappy until the death of her alcoholic mother, when everything snaps into place, and she loves her husband again. Lucy then connects with three other women, including Julia, a scriptwriter and apparent ice queen, who chooses a month away at therapy over her husband and children, and Christy, married to a very old, very rich man and who, when her nanny quits, finds purpose and fun in raising her two daughters herself. Smart writing keeps each woman’s path to happiness from being too sappy, and the humor is dry and subtle. The main plots play against each other like a series of connected short stories, with one more about regular-mom Robyn, who decides to fall for a rich man who can make her life easier. Casey, a scriptwriter, doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, but her novel makes for a quick and amusing read. --Susan Maguire

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“If you loved The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, this book is right up your alley. Casey, with humor and a keen, thoughtful eye, deftly sews together intricate plotlines, true characters, and spot-on, hilarious details into a marvelous quilt you want to snuggle under all afternoon.” —Isabel Gillies, New York Times–bestselling author of Happens Every Day 

"[A] lush, orchestral debut novel . . . hilarious. . . . Casey has such an understated, believable way of showing how quickly enormous life-altering decisions can be made—without phony drama or fanfare—that you'll find yourself enjoyable surprsed." —Oprah.com

"Clever and witty: the best kind of summer book.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Casey's bright witty writing and scalpel-sharp insights create a quick pace. . . . Casey's debut leaves the reader eager for more." —Publishers Weekly

“A coming-of-middle age story, this first novel is warmly appealing… the ‘I see what you did there’ payoff is sweet.” —Library Journal

“Smart writing keeps each woman’s path to happiness from being too sappy, and the humor is dry and subtle. . . . [A] quick and amusing read.” —Booklist

"This is a book about adult friendship and ... how life can really get going in your forties. It's an enjoyable read." —The Sunday Times (Irish edition)

“Anne-Marie Casey is my favorite kind of writer—smart, funny, brilliantly observant, and totally unpredictable. . . . I suggest savoring slowly: Casey packs more wit and wisdom into each page than most writers fit into an entire novel.” —Stephen McCauley, author of Object of My Affection

“Anne-Marie Casey has written a woman's guide to living and loving. She deftly mines the landscape of the heart of Lucy Lovett, an everywoman who is clear-eyed, hopeful, and just a bit tarnished for the wear. Casey’s humor is like cream on a scone, there’s bite but it’s also delicious. Readers will find themselves on these pages and revel in the connection. . . .  I loved it.” —Adriana Trigiani, New York Times–bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife 

“Very smart, very savvy, and very, very funny. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.” —Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister

"Fabulously clever, brilliantly observed ... wise, funny women’s fiction from an important new voice....” —Cathy Kelly, #1 internationally bestselling author of Homecoming

"I absolutely loved No One Could Have Guessed the Weather. It was sophisticated, witty, with a sharp eye for the ridiculous. I loved it." —Katie Fforde, bestselling author of Wedding Season

“The book fizzes with enthusiasm for the characters, the situation and the city. The characters confront the world with guts and energy. . . . [It] is bright, witty, charming; sparkling episodes strung on a thread that weaves in and out, keeping the characters close but separate.” —Sunday Independent

"This is a charming debut about building a new life with a young family in New York, making new female friends, falling in love with the city and rebuilding a marriage. It is refreshingly positive, very much Allison Pearson territory." —Bookseller

"Casey's convivial prose will have girlfriends enthusiastically passing this book between each other." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[A] great beach read and book club pick...a really funny, sweet read." —Good Morning Texas

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Adult HC/TR; 1st edition (June 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399160213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399160219
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on April 14, 2013
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The premise of this book sounds promising ... a woman gets uprooted from her cozy lifestyle and moves across "the Pond" as the Brits call moving to the States because her husband takes a job there in NYC. Her new group of friends end up being her lifeline to keeping her sanity intact.

I love books that talk about friendship among women. I really do. This one sounded really promising because it talks about four different women who are also mothers and wives. I thought it would be where they would share their lives over glasses of wine and deep conversations and this book is not it. I thought the characters would have a closer relationship with one another and their stories would tie in together in a seamless fashion. It didn't happen. In some ways, this book just left the characters' relationships to one another hanging loose, which can be frustrating as a reader, I want more. I want more in-depth conversation and relationships between my characters. I expected more emotion and a more vivid connection among them than what I read in this book.

This novel starts out with Lucy, the British housewife transplanted to NYC because of her husband's job and the resentment she feels towards him. Soon though, she falls in love with her new life and makes friends, among them, Julia, a successful and driven screenwriter; Christy, an older man's trophy wife and Robyn, a harried mother who works full time and still manages to raise her kids with minimal help from her husband. Then each chapter moves onto the different stories that each character brings to this novel. Julia gets stressed out with her demanding job and has a mini-break down, moves out into a room of her own. Christy is upset that she doesn't have any stress in her life like her friends ...
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A journey through the lives of mostly spoiled, self-indulgent characters, none of whom are particularly admirable. The story details their searches for self actualization without much thought of morality. I am afraid that they do, however, represent our society. I found it particularly disturbing that in all of the complex relationships, I never felt like the characters truly cared about anyone but themselves.
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Our most recent global financial collapse is the trigger for this story and how the consequences force one to reassess. Lucy and her husband Richard have lost their high flying life in London and downsize to his former New York apartment with the two kids sans London housekeeper and nanny. Richard has one chance to redeem himself at the finance firm and New York is it.

Shortly after settling in, Lucy's mom dies and she has to make an emergency trip to England where she meets writer Julia Kirkland on the flight over. Julia's not so simple act of kindness contrasts with the trauma of dealing with a parent's death, the acknowledgement of the remaining parent's fragility and the swirling emotions of her sibling. Lucy acknowledges that she has no desire to return home again despite the circumstances of the family's exit and is ready to embrace New York and the girlfriends Julia introduces her to.

They include the other "Mothers of the School Yard", as the link to all is as common as their elementary school children. Christy, a woman who worked as an editor before coming the trophy wife of an older Type A male, and who doesn't quite know what to do with herself these days. Robyn, the hard working manager that married Ryan, once a most promising writer but now someone who can barely hold it together. And intertwined with all are the great eccentrics of New York, from the Irish actor as doorkeeper to the elderly woman in her building Julia befriends to unmarried mid 50's woman editor with a diabetic cat that hires Lucy.

The book is punctuated with pithy observations and sly grins. When chided by one character that an excursion to an EAL horse camp is "to take them out of their comfort zones", Lucy looks out the car and replies, "I'm already outside my comfort zone.
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Four women share their angst about their wealth, marriages, children, careers, and aging, in a disjointed point of view menagerie. The story line jumps around in its daily life format from one woman's experiences to another's, with no hint to the reader as to when it will suddenly switch again, and with no apparent reason. I had to fight my way through it, only to be appalled to learn that the whole thing was the result of a writer's course exercise that someone had the political pull to get published. It's rather an insult to all the hard working talented writers who have fought for recognition for years. This book should have had a serious restructuring and a couple of rewrites to make it salvageable as literature.
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I found this book to be rather blah. However, I loaned it to a friend to read so I could discuss it with someone. The story line left a lot to be desired but it is also one on a must read list for this summer. I doubt I will read another book by this author. I did not have trouble putting this one down.
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Women's fiction is one of my favorite genres to read. I love reading about women who are juggling work and motherhood and marriage. No One Could Have Guessed the Weather by Anne-Marie Casey was a book I thought I would love because it seemed to encompass all those things.

Lucy and her husband have had to downsize after the economy tanks. They've traded in their house for an apartment, and the life Lucy has created for herself in New York City after leaving Britain doesn't seam nearly as impressive any more. She does still have her group of friends, Julia, Christy and Robyn. Julia is a successful screen writer whose marriage is on the skids. Christy is a trophy wife to a much older man and seems to have everything she's ever wanted. Robyn is busy with child rearing, as well but finds some satisfaction in sleeping with different men.

I liked all these women well enough. And I liked hearing their stories. But, it too me a while to be invested in this book. And, it was hard for me to feel as though these women were truly close friends. No One Could Have Guessed the Weather didn't quite live up to my expectations; with a little more character development it could be a great women's fiction novel.
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