Sunday, June 12, 2011

Review: Rachel's Holiday

Marian Keyes is a very funny writer, and like so many of her books, this one manages to deal with a serious subject and still be tremendously entertaining. The serious subject here is drug and alcohol addiction. In New York Irish ex-pat Rachel Walsh's life devolves as she develops cocaine and alcohol addictions. After losing her job, her boyfriend, and her best friend, Rachel finds herself back in Ireland in treatment. Refusing to believe that she is an addict, Rachel agrees to treatment only because she thinks she might see celebrities. What follows are Rachel's comic misadventures as an addict in denial while in treatment, interspersed with the story of how she became an addict.

Keyes has an amazing ability to bring humor to horrible situations, and this is a book to read when you need a pick-me-up. The ending is a bit unbelievable, but the book is by and large light and fun reading.

Marian Keyes, Rachel's Holiday (Avon, 2002) ISBN: 0060090383


Anonymous said...

I have only read one of Keyes' books, and I thought it was just okay. I need to give another one a try, though, as so many people seem to love her work.

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Booksnyc said...

I really like Keyes's books -especially the ones with the Walsh sisters.