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If You Could See Me Now
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Cecelia Ahern is author of the international bestsellers PS, I Love You; Love, Rosie; and If You Could See Me Now. Film rights to If You Could See Me Now have been bought by Walt Disney Pictures, and PS, I Love You is being made into a film by Warner Bros. Foreign rights to her novels have been purchased in more than forty countries and have sold more than four million copiesin North America, Europe, and Australia. The daughter of Ireland's prime minister, she lives in Dublin.

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In her third novel, Ahern (P.S., I Love You and Love, Rosie) employs an imaginary best friend to breathe distinctiveness into an otherwise stereotypical Irish tale. Living in her own house in a small, posh Irish town, 35-year-old Elizabeth Egan is an uptight interior designer and adoptive mother to her six-year-old nephew, Luke, whose mother, Elizabeth's 23-year-old sister, Saoirse, prefers boozing to parenting. Saoirse's behavior reminds Elizabeth of a painful past-the alcoholic mother who abandoned the family, leaving Elizabeth to care for her baby sister and forgo her own childhood, and the emotionally distant, controlling father still waiting for his wife's return. Unlike the other women in her family, Elizabeth adheres to a fastidiously well-ordered existence-no mess, no complications, no love. But all that changes with the arrival of Ivan, a goofy and spontaneous man intent on infusing much-needed fun and tenderness into Elizabeth's frigid persona. The catch is no one can see this ageless man from the land of "Ekam Eveileb" save Elizabeth and her nephew. Through Ivan, Elizabeth becomes the woman she's always been too afraid to be. He helps her reclaim the childhood she never had and, most importantly, to forgive those who have let her down. Ahern tempers heartbreak with hope and playfulness in this uplifting, sentimental tale. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Elizabeth is a successful thirtysomething businesswoman living in a small town in Ireland. In an effort to establish some control over a chaotic, dysfunctional family, she has a clean, rigid, and lonely existence with her six-year-old nephew Luke. Into her bleak existence comes Ivan, a magical and somewhat disrupting presence who delights and inspires Elizabeth and Luke. Ahern's characters and landscapes are beautifully developed in this modern folktale, and the whimsy is charming though not especially profound. Apparently the rights to the book have been sold to Disney for a musical version that is sure to be popular. Production values are excellent in this audio program with Susan Lynch and Rupert Degas giving dimension to the female and male voices. Highly recommended for light fiction collections in public and high school libraries.-Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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