Picks and Pans Review: The Other Side of the Story

UPDATED 05/31/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/31/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

By Marian Keyes

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The three women in The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes (Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married) lead incredibly eventful lives: Gemma is juggling care of her abandoned mom (Dad's a cad) with her events-organizing career. Lily's a promising, but struggling writer and an ex-friend of Gemma's (one who fell for her boyfriend and had his baby to boot). Jojo's a va-va-voom cop turned London literary agent who reps Lily (and later, Gemma) and sleeps with her married employer. Keyes keeps the action moving briskly, and her writing style is gabby but addictive. The plot turns on questions including: Will Gemma's bounder dad return? Will Lily lose her ill-gotten man? And will Jojo go solo? Finding out means committing to 500 pages and stumbling over a few working-girl clichés ("She'd...never thought it would happen to her. 'It's the glass ceiling!' ") but—like along gossip—this frothy tale is all in good fun.

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