Marian Keyes is the author of ten bestselling novels and two essay collections. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two imaginary dogs.
Book blurbs are so often full of the exaggerated allegations made famous by used-car salesmen. Not so for Marian Keyes' latest creation, Last Chance Saloon. It really is `laugh-out-loud funny, irresistible, life-affirming, uplifting, compulsive reading', and more. It has an easy and gripping plot, wonderfully `real' characters (and some fabulously unreal ones too), and even some messages about life, which are made digestible by Keyes' unassuming delivery. Last Chance Saloon tells the stories of a group of 30-something best friends and their partners, all of whom are full of quirky neuroses. The most loveable is Tara, who `has been on a diet since the day she was on solids', and who tragically embarks upon a knitting project to maintain her diet and her relationship. In contrast to Tara is her best friend, Katherine, who quickly challenges her nickname, `the ice-queen', surprising the reader with her double life. In fact, Keyes is good at surprises. Early on in the book, the seemingly lightweight plot is shaken by the introduction of some real-life tragedy, including one character's life-threatening illness. This illness has the dual consequence of triggering momentous life change for all the characters, whilst also giving the book credible dimension. Michelle Atkins is a contract and copyright coordinator at Nelson Thomson Learning. C. 1999 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors
"Side-splitting . . . exciting until the very last page."--Redbook Magazine