No One Could Have Guessed the Weather
By Anne-Marie Casey
(Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, Hardcover, 9780399160219, 288pp.)
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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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 Timesbestselling 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 PDTwhenever 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 lifeno, 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.
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.
- Which of the four main characters-Lucy, Julia, Christy, and Robyn-did you most relate to, and why? Did you find a little of each of them in you? Did you learn anything new about yourself while reading about these women?
“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