*** CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR OF THE YEAR 2022***
Fed up of being a grown up? Get away from it all with Marian Keyes' latest No. 1 bestseller
'Magnificently messy lives, brilliantly untangled. Funny, tender and completely absorbing!' GRAHAM NORTON
'SUCH a treat. Like reading the cleverest cream cake of words' CAITLIN MORAN
MEET JESSIE, CARA AND NELL.
Married to brothers Johnny, Ed and Liam Casey.
Three very different women tied to three very different men.
Every family occasion is a party - until the day the secrets spill out.
PLAYTIME IS OVER.
BUT WHERE ARE THE GROWN-UPS?
'Comic, convincing and true. Grown Ups has an almost Austenesque insight into character. Keyes knows how to make serious issues relatable - and get a few grownup laughs, too' GUARDIAN
'Hilarious, alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking. I loved everything about it' DAILY MAIL
'You may have written the best book of your career' CHRIS EVANS, VIRGIN RADIO
'Superb. Warm-hearted, wise and highly entertaining' OBSERVER
'Keyes at her best: capturing everyday voices with humour and empathy with writing that you'll devour in a weekend. Just pure and simple joy' STYLIST
'I loved every word. I will be missing those gorgeous vibrant characters for many weeks to come' LIANE MORIARTY, bestselling author of Big Little Lies
'Messy, tangled complex humans who reminded me that few of us ever really sort our lives out at all' JOJO MOYES, bestselling author of Me Before You
'Her best yet. Charming, funny and poignant, but also profound, heartbreaking' NINA STIBBE, bestselling author of Reasons to be Cheerful
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A master of the everyday dramedy, Marian Keyes outdoes herself with this ambitious saga centred on an Irish family thrown into increasing turmoil. For all the quirks of the Casey clan, however, any reader can relate to these familial foibles and longstanding skeletons in the closet. Right down to its wry title, Grown Ups chronicles the inevitable vagaries of love and marriage, and the looming life milestones that prove almost too difficult to bear. Yet the tone remains brisk and conversational throughout, with plenty of salty banter and lovely poetic touches as Keyes animates this true-to-life procession of distinct personalities.
Keyes's comical and engaging outing (after The Break) dissects the breaking point of the Caseys, a close-knit extended family in present-day Ireland. After Cara hits her head at her brother-in-law Johnny's 49th birthday party, she blurts out various secrets that have been plaguing her family, causing a chain reaction to ripple through the guests. Socially conscious, artistic sister-in-law Nell realizes she and Liam Johnny's immature and shady youngest brother didn't really know each other before getting hitched. Nell's mutually drawn to her dynamic nephew, Ferdia, Johnny's 22-year-old stepson. Johnny is handsome and charming but insecure. He's married to Jessie, a successful businesswoman with imposter syndrome, and he betrays Jessie's trust by surreptitiously meeting with an old lover with whom he and Jessie used to be close. In the months before the party, Cara struggled with bulimia, and her husband, Ed, the middle brother, threatened to leave Cara if she didn't seek treatment, and Cara, a hotel receptionist, regrets agreeing to look at Jessie's finances, which leave her privy to Jessie's chronic overspending and Johnny's secret. Keyes not only manages to keep this potentially unwieldy cast under control, she delivers a character-based plot that's emotionally honest and resolves in ways that feel authentic. There's a lot going on here, and it all pays off with dividends.