Lucy Sullivan Getting Married - Reviews


Lucy Sullivan is stuck in a humdrum life: a boring, dead-end job, no prospects for love, and roommates with far more interesting lives than her own, as far as she can tell. Then she meets up with Gus, an adorable Irish musician, whose cheerful ramblings and drunken adventures sweep her off her feet. Lucy is giddy, completely in love, and even feels as though she's finally experiencing as much excitement as her pals. Then things get even better when her best friend Daniel begins to date her roommate Karen - now she has even more to tease him about. But soon it all unravels. Gus drifts away, and her parents' marriage comes to an abrupt end. Daniel stays steadfastly by her side as she realizes some uncomfortable truths about her life, but he could never replace Gus in her heart ... or could he? Keyes' tale is both hilarious and suspenseful, and so warmly told it feels just like comfy girltalk with a cherished friend.

Publication: Booklist Journalist: Alexandra Shrake Date: 27/07/1999

Sunday Mirror

Marian spells success with a suicide note

Alone drunk and sad, Marian Keyes wrote what she believed would be her last words.

She was so sorry she said, but she couldn't stop drinking. She didn't know what to do. An overdose seemed the only escape. Thankfully, her suicide attempt was unsuccessful.

Three years on, Marian is clear-eyed, happily married and confident alcohol will never touch her lips again. Never having had a word published before writing the suicide note she is now coming towards her first million as the paperback sensation of 1997.

This week Irish-born Marian's second novel Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married is climbing up the best-seller lists. It's a romantic meander through modern city life centred on a group of girl flatmates. Lucy, like Marian in her day days, is unlucky in love - until she visits a tarot-card reader who predicts she'll meet Mr Right.

At over 700 pages it's a big read but Marian's gift for making us laugh at ourselves makes it well worth the effort.

Publication: Sunday Mirror (UK) Journalist: David Rowe Date: 02/03/1997