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Leaving Unknown: A Novel

Leaving Unknown: A Novel

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by Kerry Reichs

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“Mixing humor with tender moments, Reichs creates an enjoyable journey with wonderful writing and likable characters.”
Library Journal


From the author of The Best Day of Someone Else’s Life comes Leaving Unknown—a funny and touching story of a young woman who, while traveling across


“Mixing humor with tender moments, Reichs creates an enjoyable journey with wonderful writing and likable characters.”
Library Journal


From the author of The Best Day of Someone Else’s Life comes Leaving Unknown—a funny and touching story of a young woman who, while traveling across country, finds herself stuck in the true middle of nowhere, a.k.a. Unknown, Arizona. Great writing comes naturally to Kerry Reichs (she’s the daughter of New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs, whose Temperance Brennan forensic mysteries inspired the TV series Bones). With Leaving Unknown, Kerry has penned a bittersweet modern-day Odyssey that readers of Kristin Gore, Jennifer Crusie, Meg Cabot, and Jennifer Weiner will absolutely adore.

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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.

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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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Leaving Unknown 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ConstantReaderSC More than 1 year ago
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.
Reviews-By-Ann More than 1 year ago
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.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Great read
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XIAO More than 1 year ago
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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Craisin93 More than 1 year ago
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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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
WendiB More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Frying Pan Landing, North Carolina Maeve Connelly is fired twice in one day. First her boss at the Gin Mill canned her for being late again; this time as they tried a new happy hour venture. Second her family gives her the boot tired of her irresponsible behavior. She cannot fault either as she vows to become responsible although she blames her misdeeds on a string of bad luck starting when she was nine. Maeve decides to start over on the left coast where a friend lives. So accompanied by sassy Oliver the cockatiel, she heads west. Upon reaching Unknown, Arizona, her jinx strikes again with her car breaking down. To her shock, the locals welcome her and she works at several jobs feeling pretty good except for her extreme case of hypochondria while delaying her final destination the latter being caused mostly because of Noah the bookstore owning children's author even if he apparently has a girlfriend who's tall enough to dunk. The second Connelly sister chick lit tale (see The Best Day of Someone Else's Life) stars an eccentric likable protagonist and a horde of nice supporting players. Breezy, this lighthearted frolic is fun to follow though takes a while for the plot to gel as Maeve the cursed seeks her groove in Venice Beach, but wonders if her true destination is Unknown. Harriet Klausner