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One Hundred Names: A Novel

One Hundred Names: A Novel

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by Cecelia Ahern

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Internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern's One Hundred Names is the story of secrets, second chances, and the hidden connections that unite our lives—a universal tale that will grip you with its emotional power and mesmerize you with its magic.

Scandal has derailed Journalist Kitty Logan's career, a setback that is soon


Internationally bestselling author Cecelia Ahern's One Hundred Names is the story of secrets, second chances, and the hidden connections that unite our lives—a universal tale that will grip you with its emotional power and mesmerize you with its magic.

Scandal has derailed Journalist Kitty Logan's career, a setback that is soon compounded by an even more devastating loss. Constance, the woman who taught Kitty everything she knew, is dying. At her mentor's bedside, Kitty asks her—what is the one story she always wanted to write?

The answer lies in a single sheet of paper buried in Constance's office—a list of 100 names—with no notes or explanation. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late.

Determined to unlock the mystery and rebuild her own shaky confidence, Kitty throws herself into the investigation, using her skills and savvy to track down each of the names on the list and uncover their connection. Meeting these ordinary people and learning their stories, Kitty begins to piece together an unexpected portrait of Constance's life. . . and starts to understand her own.

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Library Journal
Irish journalist Kitty Logan scrambles to save her job at a popular magazine as she recovers from a double whammy of loss. After being let go from her television gig because of her part in a libelous story that ruined a man's reputation, she suffered the death of her mentor Constance, founder of the magazine that is Kitty's remaining employer. The scandal has severely tarnished her professional reputation, and Kitty is given one last chance to develop an unexplained story idea left behind by Constance. A list of 100 names, with no contact information and no apparent connection, is all she has to work with. As Kitty races against her deadline to track down the people on the list and determine how they are linked, she slowly begins to regain her confidence. Although a concluding scene bringing together all the people Kitty has found is slightly implausible and saccharine, there is a satisfying and cheering resolution to the mystery of how the names are tied together. VERDICT A sweet read with humorous language, charming characters, a touch of romance, and just the right amount of mystery. For fans of Sarah Jio, Jill Mansell, or Sophie Kinsella.—Emily Byers, Tillamook Cty. Lib., OR
Romantic Times (4 Stars)
“A story about hidden links between strangers, unexpected second chances and the transformative power of human connection, Ahern’s latest does not disappoint. The lives of the initially unrelated characters slowly weave together as the pages turn, bringing hope to the hearts of readers and tears to their eyes.”
“Cecilia Ahern’s many fans know to expect the unexpected from this gifted writer, who manages to surprise us yet again.”
“This heartwarming tale won’t disappoint Ahern’s many fans.”
Adriana Trigiani
“Cecelia Ahern’s novels are like a box of emeralds. You can not pick the most beautiful from the lot . . . However, One Hundred Names is so original and inventive, it’s the jewel in the crown.”
Kirkus Reviews
Telling other people's stories isn't just about entertainment or news. Reporter Kitty Logan is about to learn that it's about love, too. After she publicly accuses an innocent teacher of having sexual relations with two students, Kitty's journalistic career lies in tatters. TV show Thirty Minutes has dropped her, vigilantes are vandalizing her door every day, her landlord wants her out, and her best friend has accused her of being a self-centered bully. Worse, her mentor, the brilliantly idiosyncratic Constance Dubois, is dying of cancer. Constance and her husband run Etcetera, a magazine devoted to real stories, not fashion trends or celebrity gossip. Without Constance's support, Kitty will likely lose her job there, as well. But just before she dies, Constance sets Kitty on a mission to write the story she never got the chance to write herself. It's the journalistic chance of a lifetime, but all Kitty has is a list of 100 names. Constance left her no direction, no thesis, no idea of why anyone is on the list, much less what they might have in common. When Kitty begins to call them, no one on the list has ever heard of Constance, either. Determined to honor her friend's memory, Kitty diligently continues the interviews, and soon she finds herself immersed in their extraordinarily ordinary stories. Her world quickly populates with a sweet old lady, a painfully shy butterfly expert, a hairstylist besieged by marriage proposals, an ex-convict with a mysterious new talent, an extremely dedicated gift buyer and two displaced workers seeking fame. As she staves off inquiries from her editor, Kitty buys just enough time to let this quirky crew help her fix not only her moral compass but also her love life. Ahern (How to Fall in Love, 2013, etc.) once again spins a charming tale of redemption and romance.

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Meet the Author

Cecelia Ahern is the author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; If You Could See Me Now; There's No Place Like Here; Thanks for the Memories; The Gift; The Book of Tomorrow; and The Time of My Life. Her books are published in forty-six countries and have collectively sold more than sixteen million copies. The daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland, she lives in Dublin.

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One Hundred Names (Special Edition) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
When Katie Couric anchored The CBS Evening News, one of my favorite segments was Steve Hartman's Everybody Has A Story. He would shoot a dart at a map of the United States, and wherever that dart landed, he would get a telephone book from that city and randomly choose a name. He would call that person and then ask to interview them. Each person he interviewed was astonished that someone who want to do a story about them, but inevitably there would be a fascinating something about them. Irish author Cecelia Ahern's newest novel, One Hundred Names, has an intriguing spin on that same thing- that everyone has an interesting story. Kitty Logan is a TV journalist whose last story was about a teacher accused of sexual misconduct. It is discovered that Kitty had been the unwitting collaborator of two high school girls who had a vendetta against the teacher. Kitty did not do her job properly, and ruined a man's entire career and life by broadcasting false accusations. Her career in shambles, Kitty goes to visit her mentor Constance, the editor of a serious magazine where Kitty got her start. Constance is dying in a hospital and she convinces Kitty to finish a story she had been working on. She believes that Kitty is a good journalist if she just gets back to her roots. After Constance dies, Kitty goes to Constance's home office and finds the file; it's just a list of one hundred names and nothing else. Kitty is devastated by Constance's death, but she wants to make Constance proud of her and so she sets out to find the connection among these names and what the story is. Kitty manages to find six of the people on the list to interview, but none of them seem to have a connection to anyone else on the list. There is Archie, a lonely man whose daughter was murdered sixteen years ago. Archie killed the man he suspected of the crime and went to prison. Now he claims to hear other people's prayers. She meets Ambrose, a woman who has a disfigured face and lives her life secluded from society next to a butterfly museum. Eva Wu is a woman who built a successful business as a personal gift shopper. She meets with a person, finds out whom the gift is for, and does extensive research to choose the perfect gift. There are the two immigrants who are trying to set a Guinness Book of World Records feat, and a young woman whose best friend 'fake proposes' to her in bars to get free drinks and good wishes from strangers. The most interesting person on the list is a woman who lives in a nursing home. Birdie was a sickly child, and when she was a teen, she placed a bet with her hometown bookie that she would live to be 85 years old. The bookie took the bet, sure Birdie wouldn't live long. Birdie is turning 85, and wants to collect her money. Somehow Kitty manages to collect all six of the people on the list, as well as assorted friends and family, for the trip to collect on Birdie's bet, hoping to discover what they all have in common and why they are on Constance's list. Ahern takes what could have been a trite story and creates something beautiful. We don't like Kitty very much at first, she did a horrible thing to the teacher. But her project is sincere and whereas she initially takes it on to rebuilt her career, she eventually becomes the person Constance knew her to be. The people on the list all have fascinating stories, and one thing this book will reinforce is that everyone truly has a unique, interesting story. After reading it, you won't look at people on the street in the same way, wondering what their interesting story is. rating 4 of 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't met a cecilia ahern book that I didn't like and I really liked this one. Wasn't too hard to figure out the connection before the writer unveiled it but didn't affect my enjoyment. Hated to see it end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sadness mistakes can be overcome
mel-in-tex More than 1 year ago
I lost my aunt suddenly a few months ago. As I helped prepare for her funeral, so many people of all different backgrounds offered calls, texts and messages of condolences and support. What I learned by communicating with all of these people is that she made them feel as though they mattered. To me, that's what this story was about. Making people feel as though they matter. It's a great gift to give. While, the start was a little slow, and the transitions a bit rough; the lesson illustrated was quite beautiful. Overall, an inspirational, quick read.
jpcoggins More than 1 year ago
Better than some of her other books!  I really really enjoyed this story, a great premise.  What if a journalist with a tainted reputation has an opportunity to redeem themselves through the writing of one good story?  However, she doesn't know what the story is!  All she has to go on is a list of one hundred names; that's it.  And, to add to the story within a story, she can redeem her own conscience by researching 100 names and trying to honor her friend and mentor in the process!  The "story" takes a little long to make sense, so stick with it.  It will be worth it in the long run!
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This is a good book. Somewhat predictable but a great story. I will read more by this author.
MrsO More than 1 year ago
I kept picking this bok up throughout the week and was so curious as to what the connection was.  Reminded me that we never know what a person has gone through or may be struggling with still each day,...what this person has to offer and possibly holds a valuable lesson not to judge.  Enjoyable and interesting and really makes a person think that every one of us truly does have a story.
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PamTUT More than 1 year ago
Well developed characters! Each character evoked "feelings" in this reader. They each reminded me of someone I know or have known. Interesting plot with lessons to be learned!
TrueTexas More than 1 year ago
What if you had only a list of one hundred names and you were forced to find the connection to all of these complately different people? Could you? Would you? You would if it meant you would gain back your self respect in the media world. Journalist Kitty Logan finds she is in the fight of her life when her once blooming career is suddenly shattered by one bad story. Was it poor or bad sources, bad reporting? Regardless her career seems over when she finds her best friend, and the woman who gave her a start in the businesses,is dying. As Kitty sits with her dear friend those final hours she asks Constance if there was story she wanted to do but never did. Constance confides there was in fact a story she never got to do, something Constance thinks is not uncommon for any journalist. This leads Kitty in the direction of a list, a list of one hundred names that Constance filed away in a file cabinet for the future. A future story and one she now challenges Kitty to do. By telling the story of these one hundred people Kitty will discover she is a fighter and still has a lot of fight left. She will fight for to clear her name and fight for her career. Along the way she finds new friends, new love and a new respect for herself. The story leaves you, the reader guessing up to the end how it will end and what the connection will be. One thing for sure you will never stop cheering Kitty Logan on her long journey to success.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
In the wake of a devastating professional mistake, Kitty Logan finds herself facing the harsh, vindictive public and struggles to cope with the consequences it has on her home, love life, and career. In attempts to salvage what is left of her reputation, she needs to pen a tribute story for Et Cetera magazine: the story her mentor, Constance, claimed she wanted Kitty to write. The only lead Kitty has is a list of one hundred names she doesn't recognize, with no summary, synopsis, or anything to explain who the people are or what the story is about. The names are intriguing, but wildly unrelated to each other, and as the stresses of a two-week deadline mount, Kitty tries to connect the names, only to discover the futile connection is the least important aspect of all. Fully illogical, deceiving, and fiercely interesting—just as Constance would have liked it—Kitty's uncertain story puts her in the paths of strangers she'd never take the chance to speak with otherwise. As her search for the perfect tribute continues, she learns a valuable lesson on the roots and heart of journalism, and meets the most diverse cast of everyday, unsung heroes along the way. It's not about uncovering secrets or lies or finding something earth-shattering that one hundred people are keeping from her; it's simply about listening to each of their truths because, as she discovers, everyone has a story. I'm a huge fan of Cecelia Ahern (author of P.S. I Love You) and was delighted by One Hundred Names. It's fresh, quirky, and has a charming Irish undertone; this is the kind of book that will not only amuse you, but also stick with you for a long time to come. The plot is original—I expected nothing less!—and the weight of the loss, scrambling investigation, and finally, victorious redemption that Kitty goes through makes you think long and hard. At the same time, Ahern's style is breezy and hilarious, yet still tender—wholly inspirational. She'll make you reflect on the indications of the bravery and belief of everyday men and women in this hope-filled world, as well as sympathize with one desperate woman as she battles to find her own voice as an act of redemption—but ends of finding others' in the process. To me, One Hundred Names is the ultimate rom com; it's a feel-good novel with refreshing, lovable secondary characters and satisfying, triumphant, fairy tale-like endings, but it puts the protagonist, Kitty, through hell before we get there. Oddly enough, Kitty was the one character I disliked. I felt bad for her often because of the pathetic situations she gets herself into, but she's quite annoying, and a huge ditz. I would not get along with, or remotely like, her in real life, and couldn't get myself to warm up to her in the book either. Overall, One Hundred Names is a glorious chick lit novel—a must-read that recognizes the power of company, prayer, and hope, as well as sheds light on the complicated, glittering humanness of every single person, no matter how "normal" we label them to be. Pros: Gorgeous, eclectic cast of unlikely characters // Entertainingly written // Meaningful // Quirkily Irish // Hard to put down—the story is full of literary action and drama // Amazing portrayal of how people are not what they seem on the surface Cons: Didn't like Kitty Verdict: Humans of New York meets Bridget Jones in this lively, but thoroughly moving Irish novel about the allure and wonder of not just the rich, famous, and world-renowned—but of the everyday individual. With Cecelia Ahern's signature warmth and humorous girly touch, One Hundred Names brings you a heart-warming, magical story that will immerse you completely; reading it was a complete transformative experience. I loved the adorable, entertaining style and the poignant wakeup call the book sends: that every single ordinary person has an extraordinary story. Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read that will be worth your while; highly recommended. Source: Complimentary copy provided by tour publicist via publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, TLC and Harper Collins!).
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