• Again, Rachel

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Marian Keyes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"It will break your heart and nourish your soul. . . . Her finest novel yet." —Nigella Lawson

From internationally bestselling author Marian Keyes comes the eagerly awaited sequel to Rachel's Holiday. Prepare to laugh and cry by turns with Rachel and the Walsh family.

Back in the long ago nineties, Rachel Walsh was a mess.

But a spell in rehab transformed everything. Life became very good, very quickly. These days, Rachel has love, family, a great job as an addiction counsellor, she even gardens. Her only bad habit is a fondness for expensive sneakers.

But with the sudden reappearance of a man she'd once loved, her life wobbles.

She'd thought she was settled. Fixed forever. Is she about to discover that no matter what our age, everything can change?

Is it time to think again, Rachel?

©2022 Marian Keyes (P)2022 Doubleday Canada

Critic Reviews

"A witty and warm-hearted sequel. ... Effortlessly segueing from tragedy to comedy. ... A novel replete with beautifully well-rounded secondary characters. ... Again, Rachel has all of Keyes's trademark wit, humour and whip-smart dialogue, but it's also a novel teeming with compassion and redemption."—The Observer

"Simply superb. ... [Keyes] is hands down the funniest writer in the business."—The Irish Times 

"Keyes delivers punchy home truths with wit and charm. ... Keyes's beady-eyed observations and sparky, sweary dialogue ... lighten another agonisingly painful story. There is a real genius to the way Keyes brings deep, awful truths to the surface. The plotting is more skillfully turned than in Rachel's Holiday, and Keyes's ability to keep the balance between realism and fantasy works like a kind of fairy charm. ... Keyes has mastered the art of writing books that read like treats, but turn out to be good for you."—The Telegraph 

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Loved it

As a long time fan of Marian Keyes, I was thrilled to see she had a new book published. I counted down the days until it became available. I was not disappointed. I laughed and I cried and what was equally important in my mind, is how thought provoking Keyes’ message is. Our lives are not black and white and we need to try to be at peace with our decisions and experiences. I fully recommend this book and if someone happens to read this and has never read any of her other books, I strongly recommend you do. Enjoy.

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Amazing

Love this book as well as Rachel’s Holiday so much Luke and Rachel are just wonderful ❤️❤️❤️

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Magnificent rating!

Typically when I read a story I have an idea how I want it to end. This time I found myself identifying completely with the mixed up feelings of Rachel. I had no idea how I really wanted it to end, until I did. Until she did. And I ached for that ending just the same. Beautifully and sensitively written!

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Breathtakingly beautiful

Trigger warning: late-term pregnancy loss

I have some friends who have gone through late-term pregnancy loss, so while I hate to disclose anything too early for readers, I also feel like people who’ve been affected might need the heads up.

That said, this book - and the prequel, Rachel’s Holiday, are two of the best books I’ve ever written. Keyes is clearly perceptive, clever, and so very funny (the first was funnier and more light - this one was heavier but beautifully heartbreaking and hope-giving). I’m truly sad they’re over - I feel like Rachel has become a friend.

Thank you for these books, Marian Keyes. I will be relistening to them down the road.

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Lovely story

I read Rachel's Holiday years ago and LOVED IT. The sequel made me cry at times and also bored me and made me skip ahead at other times. Overall it was a great re-visit with Luke and Rachel. I love Keyes' insight into addiction and didn't mind the parts about the Cloisters residents. I think this is a story many many people could relate to. Marian Keyes is funny and witty and the Walsh family is so fun to read about. I highly recommend you read Rachel's Holiday before you read this one. It's one of her best!.

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Ms Keyes does it again!

I akin reading anything of Keyes to playing with a big box of puppies. It is what this soul needed.

With all of Keyes main characters (they are big hot messes) Rachel is a character you can relate to, one you wished you could have as a friend. And her family, the Walsh family, well, you will want to get yourself involved with them toot-sweet.

Keyes expertly uses humor to soften her messages. In this one, Rachel is an addiction counsellor, and Keyes had a good time writing the group counselling scenes. She amuses us with the Walsh family inner dynamics, and this one is no different. Mommy Walsh has a surprise birthday party and that event alone had me snickering and snorting.

One of the more serious messages Keyes tackles involves miscarriages. She does not sugar-coat the devastation and life altering trauma of losing a baby. Yet she deftly illuminates the issues and problems that physically and emotionally arise after such a shattering event. Keyes messages are always thought-provoking.

I highly recommend “Again, Rachel”. You do not need to have read any of her other work. You will fall immediately in love with the Walsh family and Keyes’ superior writing ability.

I listened to the audio narrated by Marian Keyes herself. It’s over 17 hours, and you will enjoy every second of it. Listen to the end, as she provides important information and resources for those who have been touch by the tragedy of miscarriage.

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Worth the Wait

I have been in love with the Walshes since Watermelon. It was wonderful spending time with them and catching up.
The bravery of Marian in telling Rachel's story is admirable. She carefully and gently takes us along on a nightmare and shares how Rachel is able to carry on despite overwhelming pain.
Marian, as narrator, brings added charm to the story. The time spent with the rest of the family brings a welcome break from the sometimes difficult to hear details of Rachel's journey. I hope we will be gifted with another visit with the Walshes soon.

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Marian Keyes is a delight!

Really enjoyed this! Funny and tender at the same time! Beautifully narrated by the author herself. She did a fabulous job and really brought the story to life!

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Too long winded

I feel relieved to be done now, as just too much is stuffed into this book. I find the long therapy sessions rather tedious and Rachel in her role as an unreliable narrator and at the same time insightful therapist unconvinging, as well.

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This Walsh family novel won’t disappoint

I feel like I grew up with the Walsh family, and this novel allowed me to visit with them again. Thank you Marian, please keep writing!