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The Family Way
The Family Way
by Tony Parsons
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Rollercoaster, 18 Aug 2004
This review is from: The Family Way (Hardcover)
I remain amazed that I can read a book so quickly , this is so readable and so bittersweet, that you are on a super fast rollercoaster of emotions for the whole journey of the book. The ordinaryness of the characters as they battle with ordinary lives it what makes the book really hit home. It's why you cry with them, feel with them and reflect with them. Every time I read a Tony Parsons book it seems to coincide with my life! If you don't have kids, it gives you more insight than any ante- natal class could ever give you. If you do have kids you think "Hang on has Tony Parsons managed to nick all my one liners about parenthood?!", such is the acurracy of the stuff he captures. It's that good you want the follow up NOW! By the way, I did forget it was written by TP and kept thinking I was reading Marian Keyes, such is his insight into female psyche. BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT .Buy it now, infact buy it for all your mates for Xmas, just to be sure buy it for their parents too!

by Marian Keyes
Edition: Hardcover

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like coming home again, 25 Oct 2002
This review is from: Angels (Hardcover)
The thing about Marian Keyes books is that you get so involved that you wake up wanting to read another chapter as if it is a part of YOUR day that is unfolding!!
A welcome return to the Walsh family ( Rachel from Rachel's holiday and Claire from Watermelon) and their cocktail of alcohol dependance, junk food greed and disreputable daughters.Fabulous!!
Maggie Walsh , sister of Claire and Rachel, goes through the
" Turning 30/should I be having kids crisis", exacerbated by the fact that no -one will tell her the truth about labour pains ( it hurts believe me!!). Crisis is catalyst for relationship breakdown which in turn is catalyst for her buggering off to L.A.
Maggie's time in LA is interspersed with thoughtful insights into her history and the book swings from past to present in a Wuthering Heights kind of a way, keeping you gripped and wanting to get through the chapters like Penelope Pitstop on speed so you can find out about her past!!
The satirical look at LA is hilarious - wait till you find out about the very latest plastic surgery - quite an image!!
The way that Maggie thinks " To hell with it" and behaves out of character is almost like it's you yourself on holiday thinking " sod it". Marian Keyes lets you know the characters so personally that you experience Maggie's risks and thrills almost first hand. When Maggie wakes up to herself is something we can all identify with, the happy ending is something we all deserve but most of us don't get! Still that's why it's a book and a brilliant one!
When do we get the next book about another wayward sister?

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