Grown Ups: A Novel (Paperback)
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They're a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together--birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie--who has the most money--insists on it.
Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . .
Still, everything manages to stay under control--that is, until Ed's wife, Cara, gets a concussion and can't keep her thoughts or opinions to herself. One careless remark at Johnny's birthday party, with the entire family present, and Cara starts spilling all their secrets.
As everything unravels, each of the adults finds themselves wondering if it's--finally--the time to grow up.
About the Author
MARIAN KEYES is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close, The Woman Who Stole My Life and The Break. Her journalism, collected under two titles, Making It Up As I Go Along and Under the Duvet: Deluxe Edition, containing the original publications Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin UK. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.
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"I loved every word of Grown Ups. I will be missing those gorgeous vibrant characters for many weeks to come. There should be a word to describe the sadness and satisfaction you feel when you read the last page of a Marian Keyes novel: the ending is perfect but you still want more, more, more." —Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of Big Little Lies
"Messy, tangled, complex humans who reminded me that few of us ever really sort out our lives at all." —Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You
"Sensitive, funny, wonderful, immensely touching." —Nigella Lawson
"I LOVED Grown Ups so much. It's SUCH a treat. I felt like I was rolling in PURE JOY throughout." —Caitlin Moran, bestselling author of How to Build a Girl
"She's only gone and done it again! I love Marian Keyes's books with a passion, and now she's got a fabulous new one on the way! Brilliant as ever." —Jane Fallon, bestselling author of Tell Me a Secret
"This beauty of a book just took the crown as my new favourite Marian Keyes novel (and that is a HIGH bar). It's tender, hilarious, important, with characters who feel as real as your own family by the time you're done. I put it down and felt bereft." —Beth O'Leary, bestselling author of The Flatshare
"It is charming, funny and poignant. But also profound, heartbreaking. If you already love Marian, this is her best yet. If you haven't read her, this is the one." —Nina Stibbe, bestselling author of Reasons to Be Cheerful
"THIS BOOK. Reader, I LOVED it. Funny and thoughtful, and such brilliantly drawn characters I am genuinely bereft that my time with them is over." —Hannah Beckerman, bestselling author of If Only I Could Tell You
"A novel that is warm and witty, but never afraid to tackle the big stuff." —Elizabeth Day, bestselling author of How to Fail
"Marian Keyes's gift for storytelling is utterly magnificent. I feel like I've met every single character in this book. I may even be a character in this book. Nobody nails chaotic families like Marian." —Liz Nugent, bestselling author of Unravelling Oliver
"Over the past 20 years, Marian Keyes has built a reputation for breezy fiction that also tackles difficult and, at times, controversial subjects, and Grown Ups is no exception. . . . Keyes's literary skill lies in taking themes that in different hands might be rendered portentous or oppressive and making them accessible. Grown Ups is a warm-hearted, wise and highly entertaining portrayal of how families behave; of our tendency to idealise the notion of extended family gatherings, and of the love and tolerance required to sustain our closest relationships." —The Guardian
"Beautifully drawing an extended family that's beset by rubbish parents (each of the brothers struggles with the legacy of their critical mum and dad), complex behaviours (overspending, cheating, bulimia) and the natural disorder that comes with being each other's nearest and dearest, this is Keyes at her best: capturing everyday voices with humour and empathy with writing that you'll devour in a weekend. Just pure and simple joy." —Stylist
Praise for the books of Marian Keyes:
"Keyes is the real thing." —The Globe and Mail
"Mercilessly funny." —The Times (UK)
"Clever, hilarious, poignant. . . . Gloriously funny." —Sunday Times
"Wildly funny, romantic and nearly impossible to put down." —Daily Mail
"Everything this woman touches turns to comic gold." —Cosmopolitan
"Full of brilliantly funny characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm." —Heat
"Keyes is an international treasure. The ultimate choice for a binge read." —Stylist
"When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own." —Daily Express
"Fabulously entertaining. The queen of intelligent women's fiction." —Sunday Mirror
"Full of darkness and light, this is Keyes at her classic and most brilliant best." —Red
"Keyes writes about women who are absolutely themselves, even when society tries to insist they are something else." —Irish Times
"Glorious, life-affirming." —Woman & Home
"Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. Candid and deeply felt." —Metro