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Anybody Any Minute

Anybody Any Minute

A Novel

Julie Mars

St. Martin's Press

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Ellen Kenny has a big mouth and a penchant for telling the truth, which is why she's just been fired from yet another high-profile NYC job. Determined to make the most of this unexpected free time, she heads to Montreal to visit her sister. On the way, she spots a tumbledown upstate farmhouse---one she's seen in her dreams for years---and impulsively buys it on a hefty credit card advance. Over her husband's protests, Ellen decides to drop out of the rat race and spend the summer living out her woman-who-runs-with-the wolves fantasy, communing with nature---her own included---in an effort to confront middle age and figure out how on earth she got there. Rather than peacefully tend her garden and puzzle things out, however, Ellen soon becomes embroiled in the exceedingly unique problems of two redneck, social misfit neighbors---an ex-biker and an aging chainsaw sculptor---while taking care of a narcoleptic dog and a child who doesn't speak English.

With Ellen's quest for meaning and her concern for the welfare of others driving the plot, Anybody Any Minute is deeply layered, heartbreaking . . . and hilarious.

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Julie Mars

Julie Mars us the author of The Secret Keepers and A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister, a Barnes & Noble Discover selection and a finalist for the Independent Press Memoir of the Year. She has published numerous shorter works of both fiction and nonfiction, and is the recipient of many awards including grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New Jersey Arts Council. She lives in New Mexico.

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