Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married

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What happens when a psychic tells Lucy that she'll be getting married within the year? Her roommates panic! What is going to happen to their blissful existence of eating take-out, drinking too much wine, bringing men home, and never vacuuming?

Lucy reassures her friends that she's far too busy arguing with her mother and taking care of her irresponsible father to get married. And then there's the small matter of not even having a boyfriend.


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What happens when a psychic tells Lucy that she'll be getting married within the year? Her roommates panic! What is going to happen to their blissful existence of eating take-out, drinking too much wine, bringing men home, and never vacuuming?

Lucy reassures her friends that she's far too busy arguing with her mother and taking care of her irresponsible father to get married. And then there's the small matter of not even having a boyfriend.

But then Lucy meets gorgeous, unreliable Gus. Could he be the future Mr. Lucy Sullivan? Or could it be handsome Chuck? Or Daniel, the world's biggest flirt? Or even cute Jed, the new guy at work?

Maybe her friends have something to worry about after all....

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lucy Sullivan is a depressed, single, twentysomething Londoner with two roommates and a boring office job. Then, a fortune-teller predicts that within the next year Lucy will get married—a laugh for Lucy who is so woefully unlucky at love. Whom would she marry? VERDICT As with Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary (1996), readers will root for the spirited Lucy in her humorous, occasionally heart-wrenching, and ultimately heartwarming adventures to find love.
Chicago Tribune
Thoroughly enchanting...Keyes crafts virtually every sentence of this very charming novel into an art form of high hilarity.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lucy Sullivan, the eponymous heroine of Irish writer Keyes's second offbeat romantic comedy to be published in the U.S. (after Watermelon), fancies herself simultaneously miserable and happy. A 26-year-old Londoner, Lucy is the kind of woman who thinks that any man who's decent to her must be Mr. Wrong. But when she visits a fortune-teller with a trio of mismatched friends, a marriage is predicted for the near future. When the fortune-teller's prophecies for the other three come true in peculiar ways, even disbelieving, boyfriendless Lucy begins to suspect that, somehow, wedding bells will ring for her. The identity of the lucky man will come as no surprise, though Lucy remains oblivious until the very end, but there are many eligible bachelors on the scene, among them Gus, Lucy's sexy but unreliable new lover; Daniel, her oldest friend; Chuck, a handsome American; and Adrian, the video shop man. The attendant mayhem includes drunken meals at ethnic restaurants, flamenco dancing accidents, blind dates gone wrong and many delicious confessions and revelations. As Lucy says, "I was still at that stage in my life when I thought that weekdays were for recovering from the weekend," but more often than not, her weekdays are as full of exhausting fun as her weekends. Surprisingly for a comic novel, the book also takes on the serious themes of clinical depression and alcoholism, handling both with sensitivity and humor. Throughout, the effervescent narrative is fueled by witty repartee; though its outcome may be predictable, its sentiments are heartfelt, and its progress is sprightly. Fans of Bridget Jones will be delighted. Agent, Russell Galen of Scovil Chichak Galen. (Aug.) FYI: Touchstone Pictures has optioned the rights to Keyes's novel, Rachel's Holiday. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Following the successful Watermelon, the Irish-born, London-based Keyes introduces us to Lucy, luckless in love but destined (according to a tarot card reading) to be married within the year.
Jill M. Smith
While much of Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married is written in a somewhat humorous vein, it certainly proves the old saying, “with friends like these, who needs enemies?” Following the exploits of Lucy’s self-centered and shallow crowd rapidly wears thin.
Romantic Times
Kirkus Reviews
The charms of her irresistible debut, Watermelon (1998), are diluted in Keyes's latest effort, in which an Irish office-worker in London, who enjoys the swinging-singles life but has horrible luck with men, suddenly understands why she chooses to cavort with losers. Lucy, a diminutive lass with a wicked sense of humor, shares an apartment with a couple of women who are every bit as eager to party hearty as she is. The three live for their weekend binges, and for the men encountered thereby, but when she goes to a fortune-teller with her workmates, the news of imminent marriage she receives makes Lucy look at her next boyfriend in an entirely new way. Not that he•s terribly different from his predecessors: Gus, picked up at a bash that Lucy attends, sweeps her off her feet and drinks all the friend's Guinness. Though he•s penniless, jobless, and without a home he's willing to take her to, his charm and boyish looks are enough to make Lucy think he's The One, so he moves in and helps her drink through her wages. Even when he disappears for three weeks without an explanation, she still takes him back•to the horror of her roommates. But then Gus goes for good, just in time for Lucy's mom to announce she's leaving her incontinent drunk of a husband, making Lucy feel obligated to live with her dad and turn things right for him. When she•s back home, the ugly truth finally dawns: all her men resemble Daddy. But once she sees the light, she also sees there•s a man who doesn't fit the pattern•and he's been waiting patiently for her to realize it. An odd mix of witty dialogue and hard-core alcoholic reality that•s compromised by flat characterization, particularly in Lucy's case. Herlimited development makes her too slight to bear the burden of her transformation with any credibility.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060090371
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 957,737
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marian Keyes

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.

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Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married

Chapter One

When Meredia reminded me that the four of us from the office were due to visit a fortune-teller the following day, my stomach lurched.

"You've forgotten," accused Meredia, her chubby face aquiver.

I had.

She slapped her hand down on her desk and warned, "Don't even think of trying to tell me that you're not coming."

"Damn," I whispered, because that was just what I had been about to do. Not because I had any objections to having my fortune told. On the contrary—it was usually good for a laugh. Especially when they got to the part where they told me that the man of my dreams was just around the next comer. That part was always hilarious.

Even I laughed.

But I was poor. Although I had just been paid, my bank account was a post-holocaust, corpse-strewn wasteland because the day I'd been paid, I'd spent a fortune on aromatherapy oils that had promised to rejuvenate and energize and uplift me.

And bankrupt me, except it didn't say that on the packaging. But I think the idea was that I'd be so rejuvenated and energized and uplifted that I wouldn't care.

So when Meredia reminded me that. I'd committed myself to paying some woman thirty pounds so that she could tell me that I would travel over water and that I was quite psychic myself, I realized that I'd be going without lunch for two weeks.

"I'm not sure that I can afford it," I said nervously.

"You can't back out now!" thundered Meredia. "Mrs. Nolan is giving us a discount. The rest of us will have to pay more if you don't come."

"Who's this Mrs. Nolan?" Megan asked suspiciously, looking up from her computerwhere she had been playing Solitaire. She was supposed to be running a check on debtors overdue a month.

"The tarot reader," said Meredia.

"What kind of name is Mrs. Nolan?" demanded Megan.

"She's Irish," protested Meredia.

"No!" Megan tossed her shiny, blond hair in annoyance. "I mean, what kind of name is 'Mrs. Nolan' for a psychic? She should be called Madam Zora or something like that. She can't be called 'Mrs. Nolan.' How can we believe a word that she says?"

"Well, that's her name." Meredia sounded hurt.

"And why didn't she change it?" said Megan. "There's nothing to it, so I'm told. Isn't that right, so-called Meredia?"

A pregnant pause.

"Or should I say 'Cathy'?" Megan continued with triumph.

"No, you shouldn't," said Meredia. "My name is Meredia."

"Sure," said Megan, with great sarcasm.

"It is!" said Meredia hotly.

"So let's see your birth certificate," challenged Megan.

Megan and Meredia didn't see eye to eye on most things and especially not on Meredia's name. Megan was a no-nonsense Australian with a low bullshit threshold. Since she had arrived three months ago as a temp, she had insisted that Meredia wasn't Meredia's real name. She was probablyright. Although I was very fond of Meredia, I had to agree that her name had a certain makeshift, ramshackle, cobbled-together-out-of-old-egg-cartons feel to it.

But unlike Megan I couldn't really see a problem with that.

"So it's definitely not 'Cathy'?" Megan took a little notebook out of her purse and drew a line through something.

"No," said Meredia stiffly.

"Right," said Megan. "That's all the Cs done. Time for the Ds. Daphne? Deirdre? Dolores? Denise? Diana? Dinah?"

"Shut up!" said Meredia, clearly on the verge of tears.

"Stop it." Hetty put a gentle hand on Megan's arm, because that's the kind of thing that Hetty did. Although Hetty was rich, she was also a good, kind person, who poured oil on troubled waters. Which meant, of course, that she wasn't much fun, but no one was perfect.

Immediately upon meeting Hetty, you could tell that Hetty came from old money—mostly because she had horrible clothes. Even though she was only about thirty-five she wore awful tweed skirts and flowery dresses that looked like family heirlooms. She never bought new clothes, which was a shame because one of the chief ways that office workers bonded was by displaying the spoils of the post-payday shopping run.

"I wish that Aussie bitch would leave," Meredia muttered to Hetty.

"It probably won't be long now," Hetty said soothingly.

"When are you going to leave?" Meredia demanded of Megan.

"As soon as I've got the cash," Megan replied.

Megan was doing her grand tour of Europe and had temporarily run out of money. But as soon as she had enough money to go, she was going—she constantly reminded us—to Scandinavia or Greece or the Pyrenees or the west of Ireland.

Until then Hetty and I would have to break up the vicious fights that broke out regularly. Megan was tall and tanned and gorgeous, Meredia was short and fat and not gorgeous. Meredia was jealous of Megan's beauty, while Megan despised Meredia's excess weight. When Meredia couldn't buy clothes to fit her, instead of making sympathetic noises like the rest of us did, Megan barked, "Stop whining and go on a bloody diet!"

But Meredia never did. And in the meantime she was condemned to cause cars to swerve whenever she walked down the road. Because instead of trying to disguise her size with vertical stripes and dark colors, she seemed to dress to enhance it. She went for the layered look, layers and layers and layers of fabric. Really, lots. Acres of fabric, yards and yards of velvet, draped and pinned and knotted and tied, anchored with broaches, attached with scarves, pinned and arranged along her sizeable girth.

And the more colors the better. Crimson and vermilion and sunburst orange and flame red . . .

Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married. Copyright © by Marian Keyes. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2007

    A Blip on the Marian Keyes Screen

    I have recently read all of Marian Keyes' novels, beginning with 'Anybody Out There?' which I absolutely loved and remains my favorite. This book is the last one I've read, and I have to say that it was not up to her usual standards. The problem is that Lucy is just not a likable character. If she had come to her realizations much sooner, I might have been able to empathize with her, but it took her SO LONG to work out her issues, and along the way she was just plain mean to the lovely Daniel. He had the patience of a saint, and it just did not ring true. As with all of Keyes' books, the witty dialogue and quirky minor characters were great fun, so I stuck the book out until the end, but it left me dissatisfied. I was pleased to note that the original publication date of this book was 1999, meaning that Keyes has written some delightful books since that time. I'd recommend that you skip this one and just enjoy the others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

    This is the first book that made me laugh out loud while reading it!

    My favorite book to date. After reading this book, Marian Keyes became one of my favorite authors. I continued reading her other books, Watermelon and Last Call Saloon, but Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married is still my favorite.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    love this!

    I was skeptical at first of another cliche romance, but I quickly fell in love with the characters, and the plot.. and Daniel. IT WAS SO GOOD. Read it. Preferabley with ice cream and a free friday night.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    Great beach read!

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    So Bad

    Okay...if I could give negative stars on this book I totally would! This booked stunk from beginning to end. And let me tell you the book just goes on and on and on and won't die already. BOOO!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    A chore to read

    I have just a few more chapters to read and can't bring myself to finish this book - I've moved on to another novel. I didn't care for this story at all. Lucy is unlikable, irritating, mean to her best friend ( what best friend would be a best friend if someone treated them that way?) And why does every quote HAVE to say her name over and over again? Lucy, Lucy, Lucy. Yes we know they are talking to Lucy! The story is boring, the outcome is very predictable, it had no sizzle or suspense. And Gus - what a wimpy loser. He was supposed to be portrayed as this sexy man, but he was always wimpering, sometimes in a corner! Good grief. I have another one of Marian Keys' novels and I hope this one is better or I'm going to be very disappointed in this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    Bored and Annoyed

    I generally like this author's books, but was annoyed with this one. Lucy just bothered me and I wanted to knock some sense into her. She was a stupid, complaining woman. She wasn't anyone I could identify with or wanted to. Then, her boyfriend Gus was completely obnoxious. The dialog went on for ages, but was scattered as they were supposed to be drunk/high, but it was more irritating than funny. It was completely predictable. I could have guessed in the first few chapters what was going to happen at the end and just spent the middle of the book being annoyed and hoping it would get better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    not so much

    I got into the book at first and then towards the middle i just became so annoyed with Lucy and her stupidity that i just jumped straight to the end to see what happened and flipped through the inbetween to fill in the blanks. I love this author's boosk but was not so impressed with this one. I think it's a read at your own risk type book though because my sister Loved it! Maybe sit in the store for a bit and read into it a few chapters and see what you think before you buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006


    omg! this book, without a doubt, is the best! i dont ever want it to end! i love the characters, and Lucy relates so much to me, its really funny! and i can see that i am not the only one! but everyone must read this book. Its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    Not the book for me

    I have read the reviews and know that a lot of people loved this book, in fact it helped me choose it. I just couldn't get into it. I read about half way through the book and just got tired of it and the characters...and I never not finish a book (b/c you never know if its going to get better!) However, in this case I didn't care. I skipped ahead and read the end. Some may love it, others not, but I didn't care for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    loved it!

    I really enjoyed this book! To me, it was obvious who Lucy was going to end up with, but it was still fun reading about her adventures in the dating world. If you like books that are romantic, funny, you'll enjoy this one. At the end, I was very pleased:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    great read, hard to put down

    Funny and enjoyable. Had a hard time putting the book aside. Couldn't wait to get to the end and yet was sorry once I'd finished it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2005


    This was my first taste of M.s Keyes' writing, and I absolutely adored it. Always a fan of the so called 'chic-lit' but it can sometimes get a little redundant, not so with this book. I loved Lucy so much and the trials she goes through and mistakes that she makes are hilarious!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2005

    I love Lucy

    Despite some other reviews, I fully enjoyed this book. I loved Lucy's character so much, I wanted to keep reading even when it ended. The ending was perfect to me, I love that she gave a brief summary on everyone else. Some parts dragged on (her father) but they didn't take away from the book as a whole. Bottom line, I love it and will keep re-reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005


    I was really excited when I checked this book out at the library; I had heard Marian Keyes was an amazing writer, and 'Lucy Sullivan' seemed like a nice taste of Keyes' style. However, I was extremely disappointed. The title character, Lucy, is quite possibly one of the most whiney, despondent, and ingenuine protaganist I have ever come across. Some of it may pertain to the fact that she's chronically depressed (a fact that is literally POUNDED into the reader's head, and yet never really seems to reveal itself completely) but Lucy Sullivan is just downright unlikable. All of the other cliches were present as well - The overweight friends, the spiteful friends, the beautiful friends, the dumb friends, the gay friend, the friend-who-happens-to-be-a-man-and-is-irrisistably-sexy, the ugly boss, and the dishonest boyfriend. It becomes clear in the first ten pages who Lucy will be marrying - and I was praying with much passion that she wouldn't choose said man, because he was the obvious choice. But Lucy DOES pick the obvious choice. And (despite some occasional 'mushy' scenes that were slightly memorable, and a fair amount of dry humor) it's obvious to me how poor of a book it was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    Lucy Cute, But Not The Best

    I have read all of Marian Keyes books. This one however was not my favorite. Don't get me wrong, of course I laughed, and teared up, and read the whole thing. I love Marian Keyes and out of respect for her, I felt it was only fair to read this whole book and give it a chance. I'm glad I did. In the begining, it's a little slow moving. I also noticed that she over explained a few things as well. The sarcasim didn't need to be explained and it was a few times. I also felt that Lucy was a little 'too' thick headed and couldn't see things soon enough, so much so that you kind of got the notion that she was just plain dumb. I also thought that okay we 'GOT IT ALREADY!' We get that Daniele is hot and a good catch and that Lucy was clueless about this. All in all, if you give this book a chance, it get's better (after all the double and triple explaining) I love this author so much, I don't care! I will always read her work and always recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    DEFINITELY A MUST READ...laughed out loud...i mean public.

    i don't read chick lits...this is my first author recommended by my first book was rachael's holiday...i could totally relate...did not was that book to end. got addictated and gave lucy a chance...was not dissapointed at all...i was taken...didn't think she could have done she's got me reeled in with her hook of words...i think thats what she intends. a fantastic light read for anytime...anywhere. a very good writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004


    This was the first book I've read by Marian Keyes, and I loooved it. Alot of it was about Lucy's dads drinking and I got kind of bored of that after awhile, but the end was GRRRREAT. The characters are very well developed and everything turned out the way I wanted it to! You have to read this book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004


    This is a charming summer read that will make you laugh. I love Lucy! Take this light, fun book to the beach and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Not my favorite

    I've read three of Marian Keyes' other books and this one was totally different, the plot got way off track, the main character's life was depressing how she let men walk all over her and then the main part of the book was about her dad's drinking problem and not her love life. The ending was cute but could have been better - I really wanted the book to end.

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