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Library Journal Review
Keyes portrays three distinctly individual women in an engaging, convoluted tale of love, revenge, loss, and the various sides of publishing. Gemma Hogan was once best friends with surprise best-selling author Lily Wright, who stole her boyfriend, and is represented by transplanted New York City cop-turned-literary agent Jojo Harvey. The former friends become competing writers as Keyes creates a roller coaster ride of their love lives and literary fortunes, treating the ups and downs with humor, imaginative fancy, and honesty. Jojo's sections add inside views of the publishing world as she tries to juggle career, an affair, and her authors' contracts. Terry Donnelly captures quite well Keyes's range of humor, from Gemma's witty despair to Lily's self-deprecating gloom. Recommended.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
This rambling, chatty audiobook draws listeners in slowly (sometimes painstakingly so) as it follows the lives of three dynamic womenAjilted Gemma Hogan; literary agent Jojo Harvey; and bestselling English author Lily Wright, who "stole" Gemma's boyfriend Anton. Gemma, hurt and betrayed by her best friend's actions, must put her emotions on hold to care for her mam after her dad takes off with a younger woman. Reader Donnelly enthusiastically captures Mam's dour Irish voice and Gemma's younger, more innocent one. Her energetic reading style also helps sustain readers during the book's plodding moments, such as when Keyes describes the happenings of Gemma's work day, her drive home, her trips to the chemist and so on. The details don't let up when the story abruptly shifts its focus to Jojo, who works at a prestigious London firm. Donnelly doesn't quite capture Jojo's American accent, but the English accent she adopts for Lily is spot-on. On the whole, Donnelly does a fine job narrating this marathon-length audiobook, and though it takes a while for the pace to pick up, listeners will be wrapped up in the characters' lives by the story's end. Simultaneous release with the Morrow hardcover (Forecasts, Mar. 15). (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
The impressively prolific Irish novelist is back with yet another delightful tale featuring three clever, totally mad women. Gemma Hogan is going through a bit of a rough patch, and it all starts with her haircut. Although she thinks she looks like Liza Minnelli in Cabaret0 , her friends keep greeting her with the words, "Live long and prosper." In addition, her dad has run away from home. She must tend to her incredibly needy mom while juggling her job and trying to recover from losing the love of her life, Anton, to her friend Lily "Every Man for Myself" Wright. Gemma has serious vengeance issues. Meanwhile, Lily, feeling terribly guilty about Gemma's unrequited love for Anton, has written a runaway best-seller and embarked on a home renovation spree with the profits, all of which is threatened when her second novel tanks. Her literary agent, ambitiousojo Harvey, has done the previously unthinkable--become involved with her married boss. Packing every page with her trademark one-liners, the insightfuleyes has the ability to examine life, love, and work issues with great wit and aplomb. Sex and the City 0 junkies will find a suitable replacement here--one with considerably more warmth and without the ugly clothes. --Joanne Wilkinson Copyright 2004 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
More plucky Irishwomen from Keyes (Sushi for Beginners, 2003, etc.). Events planner Gemma Hogan is astonished to hear that her dear old dad, a chocolate-company middle manager, has left her graying, comfy mam for a much younger, hard-faced floozy. Cherished dreams are shattered, along with a few china shepherdesses. Will her anguished mother ever get out of bed or that damned tufted bathrobe? Fancy a tranquilizer? How about a sleeping pill? Good thing that nice pharmacist stays open so late--oh, gosh, he thinks the pills are for Gemma! What's a chick-lit heroine to do? Step back and let the plot segue to hard-driving literary agent Jojo Harvey, who wangles a million-pound advance for a first novel written by an Englishman who lived as a woman in war-torn Afghanistan. (Ha-ha.) In a nod to American readers, Jojo is said to have worked for the NYPD for three years. Gee, so that's why her nickname is "Yank," even though she talks just like Bridget Jones. Jojo, a dynamo at the office, is a doormat for a middle-aged married stud who won't leave his wife and kids and is always breaking their dates (big surprise). Jojo is also the agent of Lily Wright, an anemic blond who stole Gemma's man, had a baby with him, and wrote an idiotic bestseller about a white witch who fixes unhappy lives. It's not fair, fumes Gemma. But our girl fights back, landing a book contract of her own for a much higher advance than Lily's--though the book tanks--and finding true love at last. Will her foolish dad slink home and comfort her wailing mam? Bloated, meandering plot, with lots of dull talk about the publishing business. Even the author's wonderfully eccentric sense of humor can't save this one. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.