No One Could Have Guessed the Weather

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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...

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Overview

“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)
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 Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/13/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Hard to follow

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

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