Anybody Any Minute
by Julie Mars
Julie Mars' new book, Anybody Any Minute, is a warm and funny exploration of middle age and its inherent
questioning of life and roles and possibilities. The seeker on this inner journey is Ellen Kenny, a former love
child and now unhappy woman with no real career, married to a New York lawyer, and desperately in search of
something. After being fired for the umpteenth time (mainly because she keeps telling her bosses the truth about
themselves), she sets out to visit her sister in Canada. Along the way in upstate New York, she buys a farmhouse
with an advance on her credit card and decides she needs to reconnect with herself.
Here in the tiny town of Eagle Beak she meets an unlikely group of people who help her find something other than
the unfulfilling pace of New York City. One is Rayfield Geebo, a former biker with an unusual disease and woman
trouble. Another is Rodney de Beer, the son of the former owner of her farmhouse, who not only becomes her handyman,
but is also a talented chainsaw sculptor. She also takes in a canine with narcolepsy and her sister's toddler who
only understands bits of French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Even in their eccentricities, they bring her stability and
she brings much to their lives as well.
But what healing magic occurs in her first summer of farmhouse ownership happens long distance between her and her
husband. However, along that route is a very rocky road, fraught with distrust and uneven growth and lots of Ellen's
memories about events which shaped her and brought her to this point in her life.
While Anybody Any Minute is less like Green Acres and more like Under the Tuscan Sun, it is
very much a singular, thoughtful, and poignant work that looks at crossroads, choices, and new definitions of
responsibility. Julie Mars is to be commended for her fresh approach to midlife questioning and for the absolutely
delightful cast of characters she has chosen to tell her tale. I loved this book! I laughed. I pondered. I smiled.
I wondered. Anybody Any Minute reveals the heart of human connectedness. Brava! Julie Mars is also the
author of The Secret Keepers and A Month of Sundays: Searching for the Spirit and My Sister.
St. Martin's Press|
May 27, 2008|
Advanced Review Copy for Hardcover|
0312378696 / 978-0312378691|
Fiction, Mainstream Literary|
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NOTE: Reviewer Janie
Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of
The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book.
Coming Soon: The Ultimate Wedding Workbook.