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Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married Paperback – 7 Jul 2005
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Lucy Sullivan is your basic fun-loving type of gal, so when her coworkers suggest a trip to the fortune teller, she goes along for the ride. Since Lucy is less than impressed by the rather pedestrian psychic, Mrs. Nolan, she doesn't give much credit to the prediction of a marriage in her near future. But when the fortunes of her friends come true, she begins to consider her male companions with a new eye.
The gorgeous Gus has potential, if he can overcome his aptitude for imbibing and his reliance on the dole. Jed, the fresh new employee at work, has his charms--and a healthy sense of co-dependency. And of course there's always Daniel, a reliable friend with a wicked sense of humour and a devilish history with women.
But before Lucy can start picking out China patterns, she needs to sort out her feelings for the first man in her life, her father. Though Lucy has always seen her father as good-hearted and fun-spirited, Lucy's mother has endured decades of his unpredictability and alcoholism with lessening patience. When her mother leaves him, Lucy steps in where her mother left off--and learns some hard lessons about relationships and responsibility.
Like Nick Hornby and Helen Fielding, Marian Keyes uses complementary touches of humour and humanity to capture the essence of singlehood in modern London. Keyes's sharp dialogue and the rich, internal development of her characters will both entertain and inspire singletons everywhere--from office gossip and erratic roommates ("I wouldn't have liked to live in her head, it must have been a dark, lonely, frightening place. You could walk for miles and miles without meeting a single intelligent thought.") to bizarre blind dates and bittersweet realisations, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married is a grand success. --Nancy R E O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Her books are so fabulously brilliant" (heat)
"Keyes' charm lies in the fact that she writes about people like us" (Independent)
"A writer who pips Maeve Binchy in Irish bestseller lists, Marian Keyes is chick-lit's class act" (Independent)
"Keyes has taken over Binchy's crown as the 'Queen of Irish Fiction'" (Irish Independent)
"Keyes' tale is both hilarious and suspenseful, and so warmly told it feels just like comfy girltalk with a cherished friend" (Booklist)
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Lucy Sullivan has received the news of a lifetime: a psychic has predicted that she will be married within a year. The problem is that she has no idea to whom. Who is the lucky man? No one knows. Of course, the search for Mr. Sullivan will take some interesting and rough turns, for Lucy isn't exactly a girl with very high dating standards.
The story is very reminiscent to a Jane Austen novel -- it has that heroine-looking-for-love-in-all-the-wrong-places-but-wouldn't-notice-the-true-love-of-her-life-if-it-hit-her-in-the-head theme. I also loved the neurotic characters. Lucy's roommates -- Karen, bossy and high maintenance and Charlotte, ditsy and naive -- are hilarious! As are Daniel (he seemed adorable), Megan, Meredia and Gus. I laughed so much with this one. In fact, I was given some puzzled looks on the train on my way to work. My only complaint is that having read Rachel's Holiday, I have detected a pattern in Keyes's writing -- a pattern that I cannot discuss for it might spoil the plot.
Funny, charming, and as irresistible as it is addicting, Lucy Sullivan should be on everyone's reading list!
The introduction to the book gripped me, it felt so down to earth and i attached myself to the characters lives straight away. I swear that this would make a fantastic TV drama! Marian Keyes' main characters always seem to take on the same roles. Lucy Sullivan is a very sarcastic and empty person to start with, much like Rachel in "Rachel's Holiday".
The story follows Lucy and her work mates visiting Mrs Nolan, a psychic. She tells Lucy that by the end of the year she will be married. Rumurs fly all over the place that Lucy is engaged, and she finds herself being harrassed by her tight, bitter and fussy mother; Her drunken, bed wetting father and her loud, self obsessed and big breasted flatmates. Lucy's family put the dysfunctional in dysfunctional!
Will she end up with Chuck, the rather abnoctious American who claims he doesn't drink? Jed the new guy at work? Gus, the most unreliable, untrustworthy get gorgeous bloke breathing? Or plain old Daniel? It may not sound very exciting now, but once you've started reading it, you'll be holding on for dear life to the book! Marian Keyes portray's Lucy's character as slightly depressed, well maybe a bit more then slightly! I felt there was a lot of reality and personal references from the writer whilst she desribed these scenes of depression.
Overall this book is the best thing since chocolate covered honey comb! And that is very hard to come by! The chapters are kept short for half wits like myself, but the book was quite hefty, sounds like a bad thing i know, but after reaching the last page, i wouldn't have minded it going on for another 1000 pages!
Definitely worth a read.