From best-selling author Marian Keyes, a hilarious new novel about an Irish beautician and her unorthodox path to love and fame.
In her own words, Stella Sweeney is just "an ordinary woman living an ordinary life with her husband and two teenage kids", working for her sister in their neighborhood beauty salon. Then one day she is struck by a serious illness that lands her in the hospital for months.
After recovering, Stella finds out that her neurologist, Dr. Mannix Taylor, has compiled and self-published a memoir about her illness. Her discovery comes when she spots a photo of the finished copy in an American tabloid - and it's in the hands of the vice president's wife!
As her relationship with Dr. Taylor gets more complicated, Stella struggles to figure out who she was before her illness, who she is now, and who she wants to be while relocating to New York City to pursue a career as a newly minted self-help memoirist.
Funny, fast-paced, and honest, Keyes's latest novel is full of her trademark charm and wisdom and is sure to delight her many fans.
©2014 Marian Keyes (P)2014 W.F. Howes
Loved, loved, loved the book and wanted to stay in Stella's life, sad when it ended. Stella is an ordinary wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, worker as so many of us are. Suddenly struck by a debilitating illness her life changes forever. Stella remains grounded, witty and the exhilarating highs along with devastating lows which follow made me want to be a part of her eclectic circle of family and friends who take life as it is, flaws, mistakes, and joys. Well worth a credit.
As always, in a Marion Keyes book, the dialogue sounds realistic and the characters are well drawn. That said, for me, this book lacked warmth. Possibly because Stella struck me as someone I would never be friends with. I though she treated her boyfriend horribly, and when her life fell apart at the end, I feel guilty to admit I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking, "Well what did you EXPECT, Stella, when you couldn't even tell him you loved him and mb ade c a big deal about a one night stand he had before you were even together?"
I would love to hear what Helen Walsh would say about Stella. Helen has a backbone and real solid presence.
Marion, if you read this, I will always and forever buy anything you write, because I think you are the Jane Austen of time. This was just not my cup of tea. But then, neither was Northranger Abbey and that's survived the test of time, so what do I know?
My favorite character in the book (this one, not Northranger Abbey ) was the petulant yoga-loving teenage son. Hope to see more of him.
I just stopped listening at chapter 34. I found it difficult to follow the timeline of the story and I didn't really like or care about any of the characters or what happened to them. I finally just gave up.
I have tremendously enjoyed everything Marian Keyes has written. This book seems to miss the deeper level her other novels have. I won't be returning in my thoughts to Stella as often as her other compelling characters. The characters are a bit shallow. It's possible that the narrator contributed to this impression of Stella, but otherwise the performance was good. Nevertheless, like many other slightly disappointed reviewers, I will continue to pounce on anything new produced by Keyes.
The book drew me in right away, but proved to be incredibly disappointing. The lack of depth and character development as the story developed had me rolling my eyes multiple times. Stella Sweeney is uninspiring and aloof, and at no time in the story did I find myself able to identify with her. At every turn she made terrible decisions and was ungrateful for the level of support around her.
Its an weird thing but my favourite genre to read is murder/mystery books but when it comes to audio books, I love ChicLit! Odd I know!
Stella Sweeney a beautician is living a normal life as a stressed mum & wife, but everything changes one morning when she wakes up to discover she can only move her eyelids.
Stella has contracted an illness which renders her paralysed & confined to a hospital bed for months. With her neurologist, Manix Taylor, she begins the long journey to learn how to walk and talk again.
After a long recovery she writes a self-help book which becomes an international bestseller, does the US chat shows etc
Fast forward a couple of years, success has dried up, she’s split from her husband & back in Dublin trying to write a second book. This is the next chapter in her life and it has many ups and down
This is such a good book .. highly recommended
I enjoyed the way the book flipped back and forth between the different time periods in the protagonist's life. It made the book very interesting because I was unable to figure out what was going to happen before I finished the book, which is a rarity these days.
I am originally from Ireland and read her earlier books in my twenties. This is the best. Loved the characters and she kept the suspense going.
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