Anybody Out There (walsh sisters) Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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"Keyes...breathes new life into chick lit...[she] cuts down on the froth but leaves the fun and romance intact."--New York magazine
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Dubliner Anna is the fourth of five Walsh sisters who seems to have it all - gorgeous husband Aidan, an apartment in Manhattan and The Best Job In The World. So it's not surprising she doesn't want to stay for long in her parents' Good Front Room in Blackrock, where there's nothing to do but watch the antics of her sister Helen who spends most of her time hiding in bushes with binoculars trying to catch errant spouses 'at it'.
Anna doesn't wait too long before heading back to her life in New York - her ridiculous mandatory work wardrobe and gut-clenching Monday Morning Meetings, the city of eight minute speeding dating, the Labradoodle and Feathery Strokers.
Back in Manhattan Anna sees Aidan everywhere - walking down the street and passing by in a bus - so why won't he return her calls or emails?
Meanwhile, Helen's professional life becomes weirder than fiction when she gets entangled in the Dublin criminal underworld and is charged with spying on Mrs Big and Racey O'Grady. And who is the old lady encouraging her dog to do 'his business' outside the Walsh house? And how far is Mammy Walsh willing to go to put a stop to it?
One thing's for sure, when the Walsh women get together there's no telling how things will turn out
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Top Customer Reviews
Marian is the queen of chick lit and in my opinion her best novels are about the Walsh family. Anybody Out There? concerns Anna, the fourth daughter and includes a mini, e mail plot involving Helen, the youngest and most eccentric.For the first time since Rachel's Holiday we meet all the girls together again and our curiosity about their lives is well satisfied. Mammy Walsh continues to be absolutely barking and serves up some hysterical one liners in her attempts to steamroller a family wedding. Marian deftly steers an emotional roller coaster
of a plot to a very satisfying conclusion.
It's like a big box of irresisitible chocolates; you gobble it all up as fast as you can then wish you hadn't finished it so quickly!
Marian, pleeeease speed-up, i need another "Walsh" fix!
It's a shame that Watermelon, Marian Keyes' first Walsh book isn't available on Kindle. I'd love to read that, just to gain some more perspective on the Walsh family.
There's two stories going on here - as with many of her books (usually more than two, as in This Charming Man), Anna - kooky Anna from Rachel's holiday has got her act together and has The Best Job In The World (TM) in New York, but the book starts in Dublin where Anna is recuperating from a dreadful accident.
I don't want to spoil the plot, but Anna's recovery, her search for answers and how she gets ahead of the competition in her job, makes this book (in my opinion) a heartachingly wonderful read. It's a great book.
In the first part of the book we learn about Anna and how she has to restart her life after an accident and how she cannot find her husband. Keyes weaves a great tale of someone who is desperate but not quite on the edge of despair (living in New York with a powerful job must help in some way) in trying to find her husband. Towards the end of the first part, we find out what happened to Anna's husband, Aidan.
In the following parts of the book, as readers we watch Anna cope with not having her husband now whilst she tries to hold down a job which had me roaring with laughter at the sheer strangeness of this world of PR and especially beauty products. We meet many characters along the way, Narky Joey, Ariella, Jacquie, Mitch who are all important in their own way in helping Anna. What also counts as a second storyline for us as readers and also for Anna as a diversion to what is happening to her, is the email correspondence with her sister Helen and her mother, over Helen's Private Investigating job with a crime lord of Dublin and her mother's obsession with the lady who makes her dog do his toilet outside their front gate for them all to tread in!
Keyes for me kept me turning the pages of this book as it was a diversion to my life but a book that actually dealt with some real emotional issues.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sad to be at the end of the Walsh books but once again a fabulous read, it made me laugh out loudand cry too - thank youPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Vaguely harrowing (no spoilers!) but ultimately a true masterpiece of Keyes'. So relatable are the Walshes that they feel like family. Anna and Helen are my favourites. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PachucaSunrise
It's not that clear who is telling the story until almost at the end but the wonderful Marian Keyes weaves together the lives of several people who work & live near each other,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. M. Malone
Another great Walsh story! This story kept me captivated from the beginning to the end.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great escapism lit without being too far removed from reality (not mine but maybe somebody's) but what was best about it was the way it made me laugh out loud lots.Published 5 months ago by Sheila Lam
This is by far my favourite Marian book, it had me laughing and crying throughout the entire book. Filled with the usual Marian humour with a side order of emotional roller coaster... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ice Princess