Leaving Unknown [NOOK Book]

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Sweet Lips, Tennessee . . . Toad Suck, Arkansas . . . Okay, Oklahoma . . . Truth or Consequences, New Mexico . . . Maeve Connelly's epic road trip is taking her through every colorfully named tiny town in America on her way to the far less imaginatively named Los Angeles, California. With her foulmouthed cockatiel, Oliver, her only companion, Maeve's heading way off the beaten track with little money and a load of painful baggage she wants to leave behind. But when her beloved rattletrap, "Elsie," breaks down ...

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Overview

Sweet Lips, Tennessee . . . Toad Suck, Arkansas . . . Okay, Oklahoma . . . Truth or Consequences, New Mexico . . . Maeve Connelly's epic road trip is taking her through every colorfully named tiny town in America on her way to the far less imaginatively named Los Angeles, California. With her foulmouthed cockatiel, Oliver, her only companion, Maeve's heading way off the beaten track with little money and a load of painful baggage she wants to leave behind. But when her beloved rattletrap, "Elsie," breaks down outside Unknown, Arizona, she finds herself taking a much longer rest stop than she anticipated.

The only mechanic in the vicinity is on an indefinite walkabout, so Maeve's in for the long haul—and she'll need to find two jobs to pay for Elsie's eventual repair. But she's starting to feel strangely at home among the quirky denizens of Unknown—especially around her new bookstore owner boss—so Maeve is seriously considering saying good-bye to Hollywood for good . . . if she can keep her past troubles from coming to light.

From Kerry Reichs, author of The Best Day of Someone Else's Life, comes a poignant and very funny new novel about finding yourself after finding yourself in the middle of nowhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Published in the UK as The Good Luck Girl, this charming second novel from Reichs (after The Best Day of Someone Else's Life) explores more of the Connelly family. This time the focus is on Vi's younger and seemingly irresponsible sister Maeve, who thinks she's been cursed with bad luck her entire life. Fired from her job, Maeve is determined to start her life anew and travels to California to meet an old friend with her pet bird, Oliver, in tow. However, her bad luck strikes again as she becomes stranded in the small town of Unknown, AZ. Here, Maeve is given time for self-discovery in life and love and is forced to confront feelings she has been avoiding when her new friends uncover a secret from her past. VERDICT Mixing humor with tender moments, Reichs creates an enjoyable journey with wonderful writing and likable characters. Though the ending is prolonged, what begins as a superficial tale finishes with a profound outlook. Reichs is the daughter of best-selling author Kathy Reichs.—Anne M. Miskewitch, Chicago P.L.
Publishers Weekly
In this easy but uneven read, Reichs (The Best Day of Someone Else's Life) spends 150 pages spinning her wheels with quirky, appealing characters before revealing a plot-enriching secret about protagonist Maeve Connelly. Maeve's story begins when she loses her job and vows to stop being flighty and irresponsible (“flitterdegibbety”). With her talking cockatiel in tow, Maeve heads west from the Carolinas, planning to reconnect with a friend who's found success in Hollywood. Her plan is predictably derailed when her car breaks down outside the town of Unknown, Ariz., where she's embraced by the locals and takes on a series of jobs—in a funky boarding house, at a bookstore owned by a handsome children's book author, at the local photo shop—while waiting on auto repairs. Chronic hypochondria leads her to seek out the town's doctor, and before long they begin a comfortable romance. Gentle humor and insight drive the sleepy story until a jarring but momentum-building conflict turns up, pushing the story toward a satisfying conclusion. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061987045
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 279,509
  • File size: 607 KB

Meet the Author

Kerry Reichs

Kerry Reichs, a graduate of Duke University School of Law and Stanford Institute of Public Policy, practiced law in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Best Day of Someone Else's Life and Leaving Unknown.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Better than most "chic lit" books

    Other reviewers have written about the plot. But I want to talk about the characters. Yes, a bunch of them are quirky, but there are also some "normal" ones to balance them, which helps keep the story a bit more believable. Maeve's jobs are also a bit quirky, but others are serious. You learn her strengths and talents, as well as the secret she keeps as close to her as a poker hand. I couldn't wait to pick the book back up, because it really is a fun read. Also, finally a women's book without the overly-used four friends plots.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2014

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    Twenty-five-year-old Maeve has a big secret to reveal and a lot

    Twenty-five-year-old Maeve has a big secret to reveal and a lot of catching up to do before she qualifies as an adult. She does it by traipsing across the country--landing in Unknown, Arizona, a town so lifelike I looked for it on the map! Humor, intellect, quirky characters--a well-rounded read.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    Surprise read

    Road trip, a foul mouthed bird, a slight detour, sexy doctor and a bookstore boss and you got a surprising read. Never heard of this book before and wasn't sure what to expect per say. But found myself liking the descriptions, the quirky characters. Was a little surprised at times and near the end it felt like something was missing, the epilogue to be precise. The photography aspect reminded me of another with similar themes called Hold Still by Nina LaCour. More like a 4.5 rating for this one. But still a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. It was full of wit, humor, and a few

    I really enjoyed this book. It was full of wit, humor, and a few surprise topics thrown in. Well written and I look forward to reading more books by this author. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Great read

    Great read

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

    Read It

    I liked this book even better than Kerry Reichs first book. There is a lot of heart and humor. It's witty and sweet. I want to try Unknown!

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    From the author of The Best Days of Someone Else's Life comes a funny and touching story of a young woman who, while traveling across country, finds herself stuck in Unknown, Arizona.

    Sweetlips, Tennessee; Toad Suck, Arkansas; Okay, Oklahoma; Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; these are just a few of the towns Maeve Connelly passes through on her epic roadtrip to the less interestingly named Los Angeles, California. But when Maeve's beloved car, Elsie breaks down outside of Unknown, Arizona, she is in for a much longer rest stop than she expected.

    Maeve talks her way into two jobs, settling in for the long haul when she realizes first that she doesn't have enough money to pay for the spare part, and a second that the only car repairman within distance is on a walkabout without a specific end date. As Maeve finds herself more and more at home with the quirky denizens of Unknown - especially a certain children's book author who just happens to be her boss - she must decide if she can finally, after years of uncertainty, find a place to start her future. But when a secret from Maeve's past comes to light, will she be able to accept that even though her friends now know the full story, perhaps all of her dreams can come true after all?

    I loved this book, Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs. It combined the perfect blend of humor and romance with a touch of mystery to make one of the best books I have read so far. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best. This one rates a 10! When Maeve's luck of financial dependence on her parents comes to a grinding halt after receiving the latest bill for her country club spending and losing her job in the same day, Maeve finally decides in order to begin her life fresh, she must move away and try to make it on her own. After emailing a friend who works at a fabulous movie studio in L.A., Maeve decides this is just the ticket out of her troubles. So packing up what little personal belongings she has, along with her roadside companion Oliver, a cockatiel, she heads out in her old reliable car, Elsie on a open trail for L.A. Yet life, hands her an unexpected surprise when Elsie breaks down just outside of Unknown, Arizona in the dead of a cold night...to read more, check out this amazing book. I can't imagine a better summer read than this one.

    You can completely escape at one of the many cities, Maeve stops in and this one is another page turner to the end. I received this book, compliments of TLC Book Tours for my review. If you would like to know more information about this book and where to purchase your own copy, please click on the link below:

    http://tlcbooktours.com/2010/04/kerry-reichs-author-of-leaving-unknown-on-tour-june-2010/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Good read

    Liked the cover and title so picked this book up - fun and interesting characters, love the town it took place in - would like to live someplace like that. the main character, Maeve is outgoing and courageous and just a tad neurotic. Good book that i would recommend to friends

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs

    Leaving Unknown: A Novel
    By Kerry Reichs
    Published by Avon

    Leaving Unknown is a journey of self-discovery for Maeve Connelly. Impetuous, headstrong and quirky, Maeve craves a new life in a new town, far, far away from her past.

    Throwing caution to the wind, Maeve, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, jumps in her old Roadrunner, Elsie, and heads west for sunny Los Angeles, CA. Traveling across the country, Maeve is sidelined more than once with car trouble. Delay's however, bring growth, awakening and insight to her world of self-alienation.

    Entertaining and sometimes poignant, Leaving Unknown is about coming to terms with your past, accepting yourself for who you are and learning to live with that. Well paced with endearing characters and locals, this second novel from Kerry Reichs was diverting. Unfortunately, an overabundance of unnecessary swearing cheapened the experience for me.

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