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THIS CHARMING MAN
by Marian Keyes

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Told from the point of view of four very different women, Keyes' tale grabs hold of the reader and doesn't let go until the final scene. As each story unfolds and intersects, Keyes' ability to give each character a unique personality and almost tangible sensitivity is genuinely fulfilling. Serious topics are handled with expert vision, hold-your-breath anticipation, and a signature balance of wit and realism. This moving and inspirational story delivers a captivating surprises.

Moving from the bustling cities of Dublin and London to the quiet Irish countryside, this tale of two cities and four women takes a significant look
at how one charming man, Paddy de Courcy, "the John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin," alters the lives of the women
he loves, hurts and betrays.

How deep does his treachery go? What sins has he committed? Who will be the one to bring him down? These are the questions Lola, Grace, Marnie and Alicia ask as they find strength in themselves, work, friendship and family to deal with the demons of depression, self-doubt and domestic abuse. (Morrow, Jun., 576 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Lauren Brathwaite

Publisher: Morrow

Published: June 2008

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