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Anybody Out There? | Paperback

Released on 08 February 2007

Author: Marian Keyes | Format: Paperback

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'I had to go back to New York and try to find him. There was a chance he mightn't be there but I had to give it a go because there was one thing I was certain of: he wasn't here'. Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. She's covered in bandages and she's lying in her parents' Good Front Room dreaming of leaving Dublin and getting back to New York. To her friends. To The Most Fabulous Job in the World. And most of all, back to her husband, Aiden. But her family have other ideas (not to mention the usual problems that beset the Walsh sisters). And Aiden, for some reason, seems unwilling to get in touch. What happened to Anna to send her so far from all that she loves? And what happened to her marriage that her husband won't talk to her?

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 Fantastic!! Wow!!

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This book will make you cry your heart out, laugh out loud, make you angry, make you embarrased and make your heart race!! I love Marian Keyes and buy her books as soon as they are released and this has to be one of my favourites, after Angels of course!! A must read!!

 You will laugh and cry

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Brief outline
Anna is in her parents Good Front Room in Dublin. She is staying there because of a dislocated kneecap, ripped off fingernails and a scar that makes the local kids call her Frankenstein.

Her mum is force feeding her painkillers and vitamins but all Anna wants is to get back to her amazing job (as a PR girl for kooky make-up firm Candy Grrl) in New York, and back to her man Aidan.
For some reason he is not so keen to return her calls, so there is only one thing for it. She has to persuade her family to let her go back to New York.

All this along a backdrop of her younger sister Helen (a private investigator who gets involved with the Irish mob), a scandalous case of an old lady and some dog poo and the goings on of Anna's friends in New York.

Keyes' characterization is brilliant - you get emotionally invested in all the characters and can believe they are all real people. Except maybe Aidan who just seems ridiculously perfect.
The storyline does jump around quite a bit, but this adds to the readability (is that a real word - I may have just made it up.) You have to know why she is injured, what is going on with Aidan and how will her life be when she finally gets back to New York.

Keyes' writing style is very warm and readable although is definitely aimed at women. By the time you finish reading this the terms feathery stroker, Treakil and Jolly Boy will just bring a smile.
But this book isn't a laugh a minute, it is also really upsetting and if you don't have a tear in your eye by half way you are made of stone.

It deals with some quite heavy going issues without the reader ever having to stop and work things out.
I think most women will be able to identify with Anna on some level and be routing for her by the end - I know I stayed up until 4am to find out how it ended!

If the trend is anything to go by I will definitely be reading the book about Helen Walsh as she just seems hilarious.
People I know who have read the other books say this is the best work Keyes has done to date - be warned though there is some swearing and sex in here so if you don't like that kind of thing you might want to give it a miss

 Was ok, I've read better!

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I don't understand why Marian Keyes gets all the praise, this book was ok, nothin spectacular, infact it was a little disappointing when we find out where the husband went! And also a little depressing. It did have some funny quirks to it tho, like Helen, the sister! I would read another Marian Keyes book, but only to see if it was just this book i didn't think was much good!

 Compelling- Best Marion Keyes Book By Far!

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I absolutely adored this book. It probably is the darkest Marion Keyes book i've read as it tackles such a heartbreaking issue, but i think it was brave of Marion Keyes to try something a little different - and it pays off big style. Although there are distressing situations in the book, it's still very funny and extremely witty. Marian Keyes describes Anna's turmoil and confusion so deeply yet sensitively and i was rooting for Anna til the end. I loved this book and highly recommend it.

 my first and still my favourite

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This was the 1st marian keyes book I read and I still feel its the best.
Never has a book made me laugh and cry in equal measures.Not normally my type of read but I was completely hooked from the 1st chapter and couldnt wait to get my hands on some more of her novels. You wont be dissapointed.

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AuthorMarian Keyes
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 608 Pages