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Anybody Any Minute
by Julie Mars

Published: 2008-05-27
Hardcover : 352 pages
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Ellen Kenny has a big mouth and a penchant for telling the truth, which is why she's just been fired from yet another high-profile NYC job. Determined to make the most of this unexpected free time, she heads to Montreal to visit her sister. On the way, she spots a tumbledown upstate ...

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Ellen Kenny has a big mouth and a penchant for telling the truth, which is why she's just been fired from yet another high-profile NYC job. Determined to make the most of this unexpected free time, she heads to Montreal to visit her sister. On the way, she spots a tumbledown upstate farmhouse---one she's seen in her dreams for years---and impulsively buys it on a hefty credit card advance. Over her husband's protests, Ellen decides to drop out of the rat race and spend the summer living out her woman-who-runs-with-the wolves fantasy, communing with nature---her own included---in an effort to confront middle age and figure out how on earth she got there. Rather than peacefully tend her garden and puzzle things out, however, Ellen soon becomes embroiled in the exceedingly unique problems of two redneck, social misfit neighbors---an ex-biker and an aging chainsaw sculptor---while taking care of a narcoleptic dog and a child who doesn?t speak English.

With Ellen's quest for meaning and her concern for the welfare of others driving the plot, Anybody Any Minute is deeply layered, heartbreaking . . . and hilarious.

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  "Anybody Any Minute"by vanasse (see profile) 08/19/09

As a 60's person I could identify with some of her thoughts and experiences. Some of the characters were fun and interesting. I am glad I read it however it is not a happy story which I think we thought... (read more)

 
  "A read if you have an urge to just drop things and try something new!"by mmckeon23 (see profile) 07/28/09

The book was overall liked by most of us in the book club. We have a wide age range of members and it was fun to get the different comments from different ages. This book is about a flower child in a midlife... (read more)

 
  "Interesting characters but a bit far fetched"by ldahl (see profile) 06/12/09

I was expecting a bit more realistic story but this one didn't seem plausible to me. A woman buys a run down farmhouse on a whim and decides to move into it for the summer. Along the way, she makes some... (read more)

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