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Lucy Sullivan, the eponymous heroine of Irish writer Keyes's second offbeat romantic comedy to be published in the U.S. (after Watermelon), fancies herself simultaneously miserable and happy. A 26-year-old Londoner, Lucy is the kind of woman who thinks that any man who's decent to her must be Mr. Wrong. But when she visits a fortune-teller with a trio of mismatched friends, a marriage is predicted for the near future. When the fortune-teller's prophecies for the other three come true in peculiar ways, even disbelieving, boyfriendless Lucy begins to suspect that, somehow, wedding bells will ring for her. The identity of the lucky man will come as no surprise, though Lucy remains oblivious until the very end, but there are many eligible bachelors on the scene, among them Gus, Lucy's sexy but unreliable new lover; Daniel, her oldest friend; Chuck, a handsome American; and Adrian, the video shop man. The attendant mayhem includes drunken meals at ethnic restaurants, flamenco dancing accidents, blind dates gone wrong and many delicious confessions and revelations. As Lucy says, "I was still at that stage in my life when I thought that weekdays were for recovering from the weekend," but more often than not, her weekdays are as full of exhausting fun as her weekends. Surprisingly for a comic novel, the book also takes on the serious themes of clinical depression and alcoholism, handling both with sensitivity and humor. Throughout, the effervescent narrative is fueled by witty repartee; though its outcome may be predictable, its sentiments are heartfelt, and its progress is sprightly. Fans of Bridget Jones will be delighted. Agent, Russell Galen of Scovil Chichak Galen. (Aug.) Holiday.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Following the successful Watermelon, the Irish-born, London-based Keyes introduces us to Lucy, luckless in love but destined (according to a tarot card reading) to be married within the year.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial (April 30, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060090375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060090371
  • ASIN: B002ECEF2G
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,632,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen Bierman Hirsh VINE VOICE on July 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had such fun reading this book. The title alone made me laugh and once I opened the book I was not disappointed one bit. This is the first of Marian Keyes books that I have read and I will certainly pick up the rest. She has a wonderful witty style that comes across to the reader in abundance yet she can also write about the hard times in life that we must all go through with a sense of dolefullness and a softness that keeps the reader involved.
Lucy Sullivan is single, desperately so, works at a dull, dead end job and lives with two flatmates - Karen, the egotistical and ruthless one and Charlotte, the sweet and somewhat ditzy other one. The reader can't help but take Lucy's view of these characters.
Her office workers convince her to go to a fortune teller who announces, among other things, that Lucy will be married within the year. Lucy, like the reader, laughs this prediction off but as her officemates' predictions begin to come true one can't help but think that Lucy has a chance.
Through the book we meet her best friend Daniel, who Karen has the hots for, Meridia, her over weight and fabulous co-worker, Gus, the man of Lucy's dreams as well as her parents. Lucy tries to keep her head about her while her flighty boyfriend comes and goes, her job becomes duller and her family begins to fall apart.
But will Lucy find the man of her dreams? Will she be able to hold it all together? Only time will tell (as will readers of this book). While Marian Keyes seems to follow a bit of a pattern in the book, it doesn't seem to hold her back one bit.
I laughed along with Lucy and felt sorrow along with her. With lines like, 'If I had left then, that second, I would have missed the arrival of my anger.
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Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book. So many great lines had me laughing out loud - such as when Lucy avoids asking her roommates to keep it down late one night, lest she be drawn into drinking a half a bottle of vodka in a "If you can't beat them, join them" exercise, her descriptions of Tom, and the details of why she is reluctant when a man takes her hand and tells her to feel his heartbeat, just to name a few. Yet buried in this breezy prose are some hard realizations for the character of Lucy, such as those epiphanies she has while trying to hold her family together, or when she realizes the repeating pattern in all her relationships.
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I have gotten so tired of "women's literature" that reads like the manuscript for a Lifetime TV movie: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (must we keep being tortured with books about unfit lunatic mothers and why it's OK that they have irreparably damaged their children?), The Girls Guide To Hunting and Fishing (this book was terrible and I'm not sure it even had a point), and We Were The Mulvaneys (don't even get me started on what kind of a twisted, repressed, wretched excuse for a mother would think sending her daughter away into exile after she got RAPED was a good solution), and on and on and on.
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This book, as well as the other Marian Keyes books I've read, delievers a valid message without making you feel like you want to kill yourself after finishing the last page. Her dry and acerbic sense of humor keep the reader entertained from start to finish, and she always manages to endear the characters to the reader's heart.
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I've seen this book advertised as a "beach read", and it is in many ways a light and easy read, but there is plenty of substance and insight to be found, so don't let the categorization fool you.
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By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recently made the joyous dicovery of Marian Keyes's "Watermelon". So, you can imagine how excited I was to receive her new novel "Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married". Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I didn't "suffer-through" this book, I did find parts of it enjoyable, I just didnt' have the connection with the characters that I did with "Watermelon". In all honesty, I didn't love these characters, I didn't even like them very much-namely Lucy. This alone makes it difficult to recomend this book. Read this book and be slightly entertained. Read "Watermelon" and laugh-out-loud from start to finish! I do look forward to Ms. Keyes next book!
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I loved Marian Keyes' other books, and by the end, loved "Lucy Sullivan" too. Keyes does a great job of capturing the Bridget Jones-esque lifestyle and man-quest of 20something women. Her characters are believable. And the book is so darn funny! I laughed out loud a number of times, and kept reading passages to my husband, who found them as amusing as I did. This book does, however, have a tendency to ramble and could have used another edit or two to tighten it up. (In particular, conversations, especially nonsensical and ultimately annoying Gus-Lucy conversations, went on way too long.)
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I just read the other reviews and we can't be reading the same book!!!!
I am shocked Ms. Keyes is usually a great writer and I absolutely love her other titles,
however this one is HORRIBLE!!!! Lucy the main character is pathetic, needy, and way way too nuerotic for my taste.
I am only halfway through the book and am still struggling reading it. She sets women back like 20 years, and I just
want to scream at her!!!! She helps her father drink, makes excuses for every man in her life and although she is in her early 20's acts like a teenager and goes out every weekend and gets drunk and brings home strange men. Even her job is a joke, it sounds more like the type of jobs I had as a teenager then a young adult. But then again reading this book, she certainly isn't characterized like an adult in any sense of the word. I don't think I am even going to be able to finish the book, all I can say is thank god I didn't actually buy the book and only borrowed it from the local library.
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