No One Could Have Guessed the Weather

No One Could Have Guessed the Weather

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by Anne-Marie Casey
     
 

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“If you loved The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, this book is right up your alley.” —Isabel Gillies, New York Times–bestselling author of Happens Every Day 
 
Sometimes what you want in your twenties isn’t what you want or need in your forties. . . .
 
When Lucy

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“If you loved The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, this book is right up your alley.” —Isabel Gillies, New York Times–bestselling author of Happens Every Day 
 
Sometimes what you want in your twenties isn’t what you want or need in your forties. . . .
 
When Lucy Lovett’s husband loses his job, she is forced to give up her posh life in London and move their family to a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where her husband has managed to secure a lowly position. Lucy finds herself living in the center of cool and hip. Across from their apartment is a trendy bar called PDT—whenever Lucy passes by, she thinks, Please Don’t Tell anyone I’m a middle-aged woman.
 
Homesick and resentful at first, Lucy soon embarks on the love affair of her life—no, not with her husband (though they’re both immensely relieved to discover they do love each other for richer or poorer), but with New York City and the three women who befriend her.
 
There’s Julia, who is basically branded with a Scarlet A when she leaves her husband and kids for a mini nervous breakdown and a room of her own; Christy, a much older man’s trophy wife, who is a bit adrift as only those who live high up in penthouses can be; and disheveled and harried Robyn, constantly compensating for her husband, who can’t seem to make the transition from wunderkind to adult.
 
Spot-on observant, laugh-out-loud funny, yet laced with kindness through and through, No One Could Have Guessed the Weather is a story of what happens when you grow up and realize the middle part of your story might just be your beginning.
 
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Screenwriter Casey’s debut novel entwines the lives of four women trying to survive and thrive in New York amid relationships, misunderstandings, and broken dreams. When Lucy Lovett’s husband loses his high-powered job and the couple is forced to move from London to a small apartment in New York, she worries about feeling isolated. But when her mother dies and Lucy takes a trip back to London, she recognizes the patterns of unhappiness in her old life and realizes that things in New York aren’t so bad. Soon she connects with Julia Kirkland, a TV writer; Christy, the trophy wife of an older, wealthy man; and Robyn, whose low self-esteem manifests as aggression. In dealing with their individual challenges, these women become more connected than they’d imagined. Casey’s bright, witty writing and scalpel-sharp insights create a quick pace, marred only by the inevitable shadow cast over the book by Sex and the City. But Casey’s debut leaves the reader eager for more. Agent: Allison Hunter, InkWell Management. (June)
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“If you loved The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, this book is right up your alley. Casey, with humor and a keen, thoughtful eye, deftly sews together intricate plotlines, true characters, and spot-on, hilarious details into a marvelous quilt you want to snuggle under all afternoon.” —Isabel Gillies, New York Times–bestselling author of Happens Every Day 

"[A] lush, orchestral debut novel . . . hilarious. . . . Casey has such an understated, believable way of showing how quickly enormous life-altering decisions can be made—without phony drama or fanfare—that you'll find yourself enjoyable surprsed." —Oprah.com

"Clever and witty: the best kind of summer book.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Casey's bright witty writing and scalpel-sharp insights create a quick pace. . . . Casey's debut leaves the reader eager for more." —Publishers Weekly

“A coming-of-middle age story, this first novel is warmly appealing… the ‘I see what you did there’ payoff is sweet.” —Library Journal

“Smart writing keeps each woman’s path to happiness from being too sappy, and the humor is dry and subtle. . . . [A] quick and amusing read.” —Booklist

"This is a book about adult friendship and ... how life can really get going in your forties. It's an enjoyable read." —The Sunday Times (Irish edition)

“Anne-Marie Casey is my favorite kind of writer—smart, funny, brilliantly observant, and totally unpredictable. . . . I suggest savoring slowly: Casey packs more wit and wisdom into each page than most writers fit into an entire novel.” —Stephen McCauley, author of Object of My Affection

“Anne-Marie Casey has written a woman's guide to living and loving. She deftly mines the landscape of the heart of Lucy Lovett, an everywoman who is clear-eyed, hopeful, and just a bit tarnished for the wear. Casey’s humor is like cream on a scone, there’s bite but it’s also delicious. Readers will find themselves on these pages and revel in the connection. . . .  I loved it.” —Adriana Trigiani, New York Times–bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife 

“Very smart, very savvy, and very, very funny. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.” —Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister

"Fabulously clever, brilliantly observed ... wise, funny women’s fiction from an important new voice....” —Cathy Kelly, #1 internationally bestselling author of Homecoming

"I absolutely loved No One Could Have Guessed the Weather. It was sophisticated, witty, with a sharp eye for the ridiculous. I loved it." —Katie Fforde, bestselling author of Wedding Season

“The book fizzes with enthusiasm for the characters, the situation and the city. The characters confront the world with guts and energy. . . . [It] is bright, witty, charming; sparkling episodes strung on a thread that weaves in and out, keeping the characters close but separate.” —Sunday Independent

"This is a charming debut about building a new life with a young family in New York, making new female friends, falling in love with the city and rebuilding a marriage. It is refreshingly positive, very much Allison Pearson territory." —Bookseller

"Casey's convivial prose will have girlfriends enthusiastically passing this book between each other." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[A] great beach read and book club pick...a really funny, sweet read." —Good Morning Texas

Library Journal
Debut author Casey offers a series of interwoven vignettes that examine a group of women living in New York City and coming to terms with disparate issues. Julia is the writer who has left her family, taking time at the lovingly named Wellness Center to explore her conflicted emotions about motherhood. She juggles fragile family territory with protecting valuable space for herself while she contends with the judgment of others. Christy is a textbook trophy wife, barely years older than her husband’s daughter. Lost among her husband’s other prized possessions, she battles to regain her sense of self and assert herself. Lucy is a transplant from England, reeling from a recent blow to her socioeconomic status after her husband’s job loss in the financial crisis. The women’s personal stories and friendships intersect to paint this picture of imperfect adulthood, growing pains, and the loveliness of acceptance.

Verdict A coming–of–middle age story, this first novel is warmly appealing. While it takes a bit to get into the vignette groove, the “I see what you did there” payoff is sweet.—Julie Kane, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., VA
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Kirkus Reviews
A subversively charming debut about a group of happily imperfect New Yorkers from Dublin-based Casey, wife of novelist Joseph O'Connor. The novel is bookended by Lucy's story: After the financial crash, Lucy, Richard and their two small boys are forced out of their posh London lives and move to Manhattan, where Richard makes due at a reduced salary, and they take over the apartment he kept for business. Lucy learns she's much nicer away from all the haves, and she discovers she's actually in love with her very kind husband. Lucy's new friend Julia, meanwhile, has a dilemma: Can she, a high-powered screenwriter, go on with a flaky yoga instructor? She thinks not, and so, shockingly, she leaves her husband, Kristian, and their children and has a little nervous breakdown, followed by a lot of career advancement. Meanwhile, Julia's best friend Christy (her husband, Vaughn, is a rich and powerful senior citizen) is learning, after the nanny's abrupt departure, that she likes taking care of her twin girls--especially when the dashing, fun-loving Irish doorman is with them. When Christy's 40-year-old stepdaughter Lianne insists Christy accompany her to an "equine assisted learning" retreat, Christy invites Julia, who invites Lucy (Christy is a bit jealous of this), and then Robyn finds her way in (although she's already part of the group in a way, having had affairs with both Vaughn and Kristian). The trip is a disaster for spoiled Lianne, but Robyn decides she's had it with Ryan, whose promising literary debut has been followed by years of Robyn slaving away at a mattress showroom for his art. Each chapter feels like a well-composed short story, and the collected whole is fresh and bright with characters that defy expectations. Clever and witty: the best kind of summer book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399160219
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/13/2013
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“If you loved The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, this book is right up your alley. Casey, with humor and a keen, thoughtful eye, deftly sews together intricate plotlines, true characters, and spot-on, hilarious details into a marvelous quilt you want to snuggle under all afternoon.” —Isabel Gillies, New York Times–bestselling author of Happens Every Day 

"[A] lush, orchestral debut novel . . . hilarious. . . . Casey has such an understated, believable way of showing how quickly enormous life-altering decisions can be made—without phony drama or fanfare—that you'll find yourself enjoyable surprsed." —Oprah.com

"Clever and witty: the best kind of summer book.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Casey's bright witty writing and scalpel-sharp insights create a quick pace. . . . Casey's debut leaves the reader eager for more." —Publishers Weekly

“A coming-of-middle age story, this first novel is warmly appealing… the ‘I see what you did there’ payoff is sweet.” —Library Journal

“Smart writing keeps each woman’s path to happiness from being too sappy, and the humor is dry and subtle. . . . [A] quick and amusing read.” —Booklist

"This is a book about adult friendship and ... how life can really get going in your forties. It's an enjoyable read." —The Sunday Times (Irish edition)

“Anne-Marie Casey is my favorite kind of writer—smart, funny, brilliantly observant, and totally unpredictable. . . . I suggest savoring slowly: Casey packs more wit and wisdom into each page than most writers fit into an entire novel.” —Stephen McCauley, author of Object of My Affection

“Anne-Marie Casey has written a woman's guide to living and loving. She deftly mines the landscape of the heart of Lucy Lovett, an everywoman who is clear-eyed, hopeful, and just a bit tarnished for the wear. Casey’s humor is like cream on a scone, there’s bite but it’s also delicious. Readers will find themselves on these pages and revel in the connection. . . .  I loved it.” —Adriana Trigiani, New York Times–bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife 

“Very smart, very savvy, and very, very funny. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down.” —Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister

"Fabulously clever, brilliantly observed ... wise, funny women’s fiction from an important new voice....” —Cathy Kelly, #1 internationally bestselling author of Homecoming

"I absolutely loved No One Could Have Guessed the Weather. It was sophisticated, witty, with a sharp eye for the ridiculous. I loved it." —Katie Fforde, bestselling author of Wedding Season

“The book fizzes with enthusiasm for the characters, the situation and the city. The characters confront the world with guts and energy. . . . [It] is bright, witty, charming; sparkling episodes strung on a thread that weaves in and out, keeping the characters close but separate.” —Sunday Independent

"This is a charming debut about building a new life with a young family in New York, making new female friends, falling in love with the city and rebuilding a marriage. It is refreshingly positive, very much Allison Pearson territory." —Bookseller

"Casey's convivial prose will have girlfriends enthusiastically passing this book between each other." —Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[A] great beach read and book club pick...a really funny, sweet read." —Good Morning Texas

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Meet the Author

Anne-Marie Casey was a script editor and producer of prime-time television drama for ten years before becoming a writer full-time. No One Could Have Guessed the Weather, her first book, was inspired by her time living in Manhattan and her love-love relationship with the city. She is married to the novelist Joseph O’Connor. They now live in Dublin, Ireland, with their two sons.

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I had difficulty reading this book. It changes characters often without warning. This would be a good book for discussion.
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