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Out of the Blue by [Wolff, Isabel]
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Out of the Blue is a romantic comedy that explores the pressures of marriage in the 21st century. Faith and Peter are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary. On the surface they appear to have it all: a secure, happy relationship; two intelligent teenage children and successful, glamorous careers--he as a publisher and she as a TV weather girl. But a casual comment by her best friend Lily makes Faith wonder if her world is as perfect as it seems. She begins to wonder whether Peter's new, smart look really is because he's looking for a new job and wants to impress prospective employers. As Faith begins to doubt her husband's fidelity, she endeavours to "put all her fears to rest"--checking trouser pockets, scanning mobile phone bills for unfamiliar numbers, examining credit card statements for evidence of secret dates, even hiring a private detective. What ensues is a tale of deceit and self-deceit as she strives to find happiness once again.

Isabel Wolff's third novel is a modern romance with an interesting mix of characters--Faith's perceptive daughter Katie, always at hand to give Freudian insights into her mother's relationships; Lily, an eccentric editor for a top woman's magazine who wants to take Faith away from her "boring little trips to Ikea" and "boring little house"; and the charming but duplicitous Jos, Faith's new love interest, who all add a little spice to the predictable story line. But what the plot lacks in originality, Wolff makes up with writing that is energetic, upbeat and full of humour, making Out of the Blue a novel that should be on the reading list of every thirtysomething woman. --Amy Gallagher

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‘Faith’s sucess as a TV weather girl hinges on making the punters feel comfortable – and a few hours in the company of one of Wolff’s novels generates the same satisfied feeling. Like having a good heart-to-heart with your best friend’. THE MIRROR

‘An unputdownable modern comedy of manners, Out of the Blue tackles love in a long-term relationship in generous and delightfully comic fashion’. HELLO

"If you are looking for a comedy that's a bit dark around the edges, this won't disappoint’. WOMEN’S JOURNAL

Of Isabel Wolff’s previous novels:

‘I absolutely, genuinely loved it… It’s very funny charming, upbeat and unputdownable’
Marian Keyes

‘A hilarious novel’
Independent


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1233 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (9 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BKQ02M4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book and devoured it in a day and a half - despite being at work at the time! No mean feat I can tell you (hope my boss isn't reading this). Basically the book is a touching, and very funny portrait of a marriage which, though basically happy, has gone a little tired at the edges, combined with a real page-turning mystery involving Faith's best friend Lily, a glamorous magazine editor. What WAS Lily up to? (I guessed completely wrong) and what WAS Joss's secret? (ditto ditto). I thought Minty Malone was very funny and so is this: in particular, the stuff about Graham the dog and Faith's teenage daughter Katie, an amateur (but brilliant) psychiatrist - was hysterical. Lily is a wonderfully witty character - Faith putty in her hands, until she starts to wise up. Isabelle Wolff's plots are always unpredictable and I loved the clever twist at the end of this one. As with Minty I closed the last page with a huge soppy grin on my face and a sense of harmony restored. I can't wait to read the next novel by this insightful and very funny author.
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'Out of the Blue' is wonderfully funny, well-written novel about a self-deceptive thirty-something TV weathergirl who is bored with her marriage. Faith is an endearing but naive woman; she is the mother to two intelligent, lovable but rather unusual teenagers; she owns an almost-human dog, Graham (my favourite character); and she is married to a long-suffering husband, Peter. She is also the best friend of the glamorous, if rather ruthless and selfish, Lily who sows the seeds that lead Faith wrongly to suspect her husband of infidelity. Wolff throws into the mix two supremely manipulative characters (Faith and Peter's new partners) to spice up the plot. Full of wonderful set pieces, including a side-splitting St Valentine's Day restaurant scene, this is a novel about deception and self-deception that is full of wit and pathos. The characters seem so vibrant, real and warm. They are instantly recognisable as people we all know.
Wolff's most intriguing character is Lily. This beautiful, witty editor of an upmarket women's magazine drives the events of the novel. And she also happens to be black. I take my hat off to Wolff who must be one of the first UK writers, if not the first UK writer, of mainstream commercial fiction to include a strong and interesting black female protagonist. She has been particularly courageous in choosing not to make Lily 'nice'; the character is instead driven, ambitious and sharp just as any highly visible successful career woman would be, no matter what her colour. Where black women exist in commercial fiction, they are usually 'nice' victims who serve to emphasise the moral uprightness, compassion and (left-wing) social conscience of the white protagonist(s). As a professional black woman who is making her way quietly in the world without flourishing a shoulder-hugging chip, I find Wolff's characterization of Lily refreshing. Hurrah for Lily! Hurrah for 'Out of the Blue' and hurrah for Isabel Wolff!
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'Out of the Blue' is a gripping read from start to finish. Faith, the naïve heroine, engages our sympathy from the opening scene. We spend the rest of the novel either willing her to wake up and see things as they really are (the stability of her marriage, the duplicity of her new boyfriend, the wiles of the delicious Lily) or willing her on to achieve the happiness she deserves (as in the wonderful closing scene).
Faith is ably foiled by - a favourite character - her insightful daughter, Katie. Some of the most humorous scenes involve Katie's wry, Freudian insights into relationships. Like Faith's dog, Graham, Katie instinctively distrusts the new boyfriend, Jos. The scene where she pinpoints his fundamental untrustworthiness is one of the best in the book.
Isabel Wolff is an entertaining, thoughtful writer who has, in this her third novel, given us a story full of humour, sharp observation and pathos. Thoroughly recommended!!
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Many of us read light romantic fiction for sheer escapism - boy meets girl, both overcome some problem in their relationship, equals satisfyingly happy ending. Out of the Blue has all the necessary ingredients for a good, light-hearted read - save that the hero and heroine already happen to be married. Yes, their marriage will be saved, despite the hero's, and then the heroine's infidelity - but how? Isabel Wolff's plot of characteristic twists and turns unfolds intriguingly and ingeniously, leaving the reader wrong-guessing at times, until it reaches its inevitable happy conclusion. However, unlike much of the same genre, the author's blend of wry, at times throwaway, humour and clever characterisation, set this novel apart. The mix of characters - Faith's kind-hearted husband, strange daughter Katie and repellent friend Lily, not forgetting the anthropomorphic Graham - make compelling reading. The plot's twists and turns, with Faith's boyfriend Jos' 'secret' paramount, will make you want to read this book in one sitting - and then go back to pick up the nuances and clues you missed the first time round.
If you haven't read her first two books (which also bring the London scene alive in the mind of the reader) - The Trials of Tiffany Trott and The Making of Minty Malone - make sure you don't miss them either.
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