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The woman who stole my life, Marian Keyes

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The woman who stole my life
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The woman who stole my life
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Marian Keyes
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eng
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"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. Until one day she is struck by a serious illness, landing 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"--
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  • Irish beautician Stella leads a perfectly sedate life with her husband and two teenage children—until she is suddenly struck with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disease that leaves her paralyzed, bed-ridden in hospital for months, and unable to talk. Mannix, a handsome doctor, teaches her to communicate by blinking her eyes, and Stella begins to improve. When she finally does recover, it’s time to re-evaluate her life, a process that becomes more complicated by the fact that Mannix has ghostwritten a memoir filled with the “wisdom” Stella was able to impart via winking—and the wife of the U.S. vice president has been spotted with a copy. Suddenly, Stella is thrown into a whirlwind: she moves to New York, endures a grueling book tour, and eventually comes to question her right to be a published author. The narrative jumps through places and time periods, making it difficult to follow at times; that, coupled with plot devices that lead nowhere and an odd reliance on repetitive jokes, makes this one of Keyes’ weaker novels. Still, she has lots of fans, so purchase accordingly. -- Vnuk, Rebecca (Reviewed 03-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 14, p56)
  • Keyes (The Mystery of Mercy Close) infuses her trademark levity into her latest novel, an honest examination of how dynamics change when one is struck with a life-threatening disease. Irish beautician Stella Sweeney is leading an unremarkable life with her husband and children when she is stricken by Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Immediately, the disease renders her locked into her body—able to think, see, and hear, but only able to communicate via blinking. After her marriage breaks up, the only bright spots in her days are visits from her neurologist, Mannix Taylor, with whom she forms a reluctant alliance. After she recovers, Stella discovers that Mannix has compiled all of the messages she blinked into book form, and she is thrust into the spotlight as a self-help author while also trying to adjust to an unexpected yet much appreciated romance. Keyes meanders a bit with the story, which toggles between the present day and Stella's illness in the past, introducing plot points that might resonate better—and be better understood—once readers have gotten to know the flawed yet engaging main character and the solid lineup of supporting characters. Still, Keyes manages to bring a lightness and humor to a weighty topic. (July) --Staff (Reviewed July 6, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 27, p)
  • In this dual narrative that straddles one woman's tale of before and after, Keyes (The Mystery of Mercy Close; This Charming Man ) sets forth the story of Stella Sweeney, an average wife and mother who unexpectedly makes good after her recovery from a paralyzing illness. At the beginning of the novel, Stella's trying mightily to get her life back on track, and alternating chapters peel away the layers of backstory, from despair and resignation to fame and fortune and back again. Not only is her beautician career in tatters, but her family is falling apart, too. The book-within-a-book format that dribbles out details initially makes it hard for readers to get their bearings, and the action, once it gets going, comes to a rather sudden, if neatly wrapped, ending. However, the part of the tale in which Stella's love story is at its zenith delivers an emotionally satisfying romance. VERDICT A deeply charming work, despite its unevenness, this one is recommended for Keyes fans and readers who enjoy rags-to-riches stories; book groups will find a lot to discuss. [See Prepub Alert, 1/25/15.]— Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY --Amy Brozio-Andrews (Reviewed May 1, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 8, p62)
  • The roller-coaster tale of a chatty Dublin woman rendered speechless, then renewed by the love of a good doctor—and a terrible literary agent. From the Brontës to Maeve Binchy to Helen Fielding, British and Irish writers have long specialized in diarylike stories of ordinary women thwarted by unusual circumstances. The Limerick-born Keyes, now on her 13th novel (The Mystery of Mercy Close, 2013, etc.), offers an entertaining if choppy take on the genre. Her heroine, Stella Sweeney, shuttles between the present and recent past to unpeel a quirky love story. While muddling through a mediocre marriage blessed with two surly teens, Stella is felled by a sudden illness that confines her to the hospital for months, unable to move or speak. As her husband grows petulant and her children, more distant, Stella finds herself connecting only with her handsome neurologist, the perfectly named Mannix. He draws an articulate wisdom out of his patient that much of her rambling narrative doesn't lead us to expect, and the two of them start a stormy relationship after Stella has healed and both their marriages have crumbled. When it turns out that—why not?—the doc has gone ahead and self-published a collection of bedridden Stella's bons mots, it somehow winds up in the hands of the U.S. vice president's wife in a photo in People (yes, that's as convoluted as it sounds). Thus begins Stella's new career as a memoirist, feeding the American hunger for nuggets of clichéd advice resulting from extreme hardship. Her journey involves Manhattan, money-grubbing publishers, highbrow beauties, oddball relatives, and a lot of phone sex. It's a fun romp, as they say, but be sure to bring your suspension of disbelief to the book release party. A salon owner-turned-invalid-turned author struggles to make sense of her life, and sometimes so do we.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2015)
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  • Life change events
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Self-realization
  • Fame
  • Dublin (Ireland)
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general
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The woman who stole my life, Marian Keyes
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text
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Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9780718179700
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(trade paperback Canada)
Lccn
2015010571
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
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  • (OCoLC)ocn893895232
  • (OCoLC)894639518
Label
The woman who stole my life, Marian Keyes
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9780718179700
Isbn Type
(trade paperback Canada)
Lccn
2015010571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn893895232
  • (OCoLC)894639518

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