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Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents' Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, The Most Fabulous Job In The World™ and above all, it means her husband, Aidan.But nothing in Anna's life is that simple anymore... Not only is her return to ManhattanAnna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents' Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, The Most Fabulous Job In The World™ and above all, it means her husband, Aidan.But nothing in Anna's life is that simple anymore... Not only is her return to Manhattan complicated by her physical and emotional scars – but Aidan seems to have vanished. Is it time for Anna to move on? Is it even possible for her to move on? A motley group of misfits, an earth-shattering revelation, two births and one very weird wedding might help Anna find some answers – and change her life forever....

Title : Anybody Out There?
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ISBN : 9780141029887
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Number of Pages : 592 Pages
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Anybody Out There? Reviews

  • Jessica
    2018-10-30 13:42

    After reading this book I decided that I will probably never loan it out because I will want to read it over and over again.This is, by far, the most emotionally provocative book I've ever read. For about the first 25 chapters or so, I was convinced I knew what was going on, only to be hurled into an entire weekend of crying and page-turning. I couldn't stop crying, yet I couldn't put it down. This book made me realize so many things about myself, life, death, and what it really and truly means to love someone so completely that you would be nothing without them.Now, I plan to read all of Marian Keyes' other books. She is an amazingly gifted writer and I can't wait to learn more about the Walsh sisters and the many other characters she's created.

  • Corey
    2018-11-07 12:07

    I mentally classify most novels into one of two broad categories: Literature or Crap. Within the Crap category there are several further levels. Books with negligible literary attributes (like no plot, no character development, poor writing, etc....ehh hmmm... Twilight) fall into the "Watching TV" category (because reading one of these books is the intellectual equivalent and takes the same amount of effort as sitting through a TV show). Marian Keyes' books definitely do not fall into the Literature category because they don't offer much in the way of new insights or artistic use of language, but as far as Crap goes, they are pretty high quality. They are extremely funny and the writing is surprisingly GOOD! I definitely couldn't write that well while maintaining such a complexity of characters and plot lines for 600 pages. That's for sure. Her books are belittlingly labeled as "chick lit", forever dooming serious readers to deny having enjoyed them. But thinking about it, (and in an effort to justify my own enjoyment,) the whole chick lit phenomenon is remarkably anti-feminist. Why is there no equivalent nomen for books about traditionally testosterone-y topics like war, fist fights and cars ("dick lit" or "prick lit" are two possible suggestions - no more vulgar than "chick lit" mind you)? Personally, I'd much rather lose myself in a book about a peaceful topic like human relationships (romantic, familial or professional) and the beauty industry, than something bloody and violent. The fact that I am capable of losing myself in 600 pages about cosmetics, a topic that I know absolutely nothing about and have no interest in, is testament to the quality and pace of the writing and the story. Three stars instead of four because, without giving anything away, parts of the theme were really depressing.

  • Bev
    2018-11-16 09:45

    I'd have to put this book in my list of top-ten favorites of all time! I picked up the book-on-tape version at the library and immediately fell in love with Marian Keyes. I had to get the print version to enjoy the story again, and I am not usually one to re-read books (because there are so many others on my "to-read" list)! After reading this most engaging novel, I felt compelled to read all of Keyes' other books, most of which were wonderful as well. This one remains my favorite of hers, however. I think it is several steps above the chick-lit category. The story is both hysterically funny and extremely poignant. I loved getting to know the Walsh sisters and bits and pieces of their various stories, so I was delighted to learn that there were other books that had different Walsh sisters as the main character.I like how Anna's story is revealed a little bit at a time, and the intermittent flashbacks that help us learn about her relationship to Aiden. I fell in love with him right along with her and felt endeared to him throughout the story. I sobbed at the end--it was such a touching and satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed this book so much that I have given it as a gift to several of my friends. *Highly recommended!

  • Becky
    2018-10-19 07:43

    This book is one terrible mess, which is surprising because it's written by a "bestselling" author. I mean, the dialogue...does she really think people talk like that? And what was up with all those boring email sections, which did nothing to add to the story. Plus, all the main characters are super annoying, especially the parts concerning the main character's job. The most obnoxious part of the story is the "plot twist" which happens about 200 pages into the book. I'm fairly certain that everyone must know what the twist is about 50 pages into the story, and the rest of the pages leading up to the "shocking" twist are painful. Why did I keep reading this book?

  • Danielle
    2018-10-21 12:50

    This was my first Marian Keyes book, so I haven't read the others about the Walsh sisters. I think I have a hard time getting into a lot of books, it usually takes the first 100 pages before I care about the book. Once I hit the turning point in the novel (around chapter 25) it was un-put-down-able. Seriously, I read the majority of the book on Sunday afternoon (about 300 pages).I enjoy Anna, there is a lot that I can relate to about her under the surface. She is a PR Account Executive, I've worked in the PR field (not on the account side) for about five years and the things she would complain about made me giggle because I could totally see it.Watching Anna remember February 16th was heartbreaking, watching her recovery would break my heart one minute and have me laughing out loud the next page. Definitely a good read, now I think I need to read Watermelon so I can experience more of the other Walsh sisters. Only Helen and Rachel were discussed a lot in Anybody Out There?

  • Krystal
    2018-11-13 13:41

    I'm having a love affair with Keyes at the moment. Started with Lucy Sullivan gets married (loved it) hiccuped with Watermelon (not so much) then on to Rachel's holiday (rivaled Lucy's story) and now, this one. Anybody out there is Anna's story. Keyes was on point in this book, Anna was heartbreakingly familiar. When I realized where her story was heading I was a bit angry, as I was already in love with Anna and Andy as a couple...how could Keyes do this to me. It was the delicate way that Keyes wove Annas story that made me keep reading through my anger =) I love how in each of these story about this family, one sisters life story, or segment of their life, is explored, and then you kind of get updates in the following sisters story. It's a nice way for the stories to continue. I'm trying not to give too much away, mostly cause I know Laura has this marked as to read. There were many moments in the books where I just paused and was wowed by Keyes ability to turn a phrase, or make a moment so recognizable and emotional. One of my favorite quotes (cause I have felt this way before) is"Funnily enough, I wasn't that keen on butterflies. It was a hard thing to admit because everyone loves butterflies and not liking them is akin to saying you don't like Michael Palin, or dolphins or strawberries. But to me, butterflies were slightly sneaky; all they were were moths in embroidered jackets. And, yes, moths were creepy and their flapping wings made a nasty papery sound-but at least they were honest; they were brown, they were dull, they were stupid (flying into flames at the drop of a hat). All in all, they hadn't much going for them but they didn't pretend to be anything other than what they were."its not really a pivotal quote, but I liked it ;)

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-02 14:53

    This was the first book by Marian Keyes that I've read, and it made me see why so many people like her! She does a great job of keeping you guessing what has happened to Anna throughout the first 200 or so pages, until its finally revealed how she got her injuries and what has happened to Aidan. Normally I might say that a book this long was a bit overdone and could've been cut back on, but I loved every page of it. I was crying by the ending. This book really pulled me into the story and made me feel for Anna so much.

  • notgettingenough
    2018-11-02 13:56

    Why I will never read this book. The verdict is in.As I wandered down to my local coffee shop the other morning, I couldn’t help noticing a little pile of books somebody had put on the footpath, part of a clearing up. A motley collection, if ever I saw one, was my professional assessment. Over the next couple of days the pile got smaller. Somebody took the book on ’Twenty-two ways to improve the feng shui of your lavatory.’ And ‘Things you can do with bonsai plants if you have a front loader.’ Even the Booker Prize winner went missing. Eventually all that was left was Marian Keyes Anybody Out There? Apparently not, Marian. Apparently not.

  • Brittany Bennett
    2018-10-17 10:43

    Kind of a weepy girl book. I had a hard time being convinced that their relationship was so amazing and am pretty sure that had this been a real couple, it would have seemed so great simply because she'd only been with the guy for a year and half - fully still within the infatuation stage. But still - the feelings are there regardless of the reasons for them, and it didn't keep me from emphasizing with her entirely. I also felt like Keyes tried a little too hard to be cutesy, especially in the first part of the book when describing the woman's family. For example, I had enough of the "Greatest Job in the World (TM)" garbage by the end of the first chapter. She toned it down for the second half of the book, though, which made it much more bearable.Anyway, not a terrible read for the beach or a plane ride. But not winning any awards any time soon, either.

  • Tessa
    2018-10-24 08:44

    3,5 sterren. Mooi verhaal met een emotioneel thema. Echter pakte het verhaal mij niet helemaal, wat ik jammer vond.

  • Julie
    2018-10-23 07:50

    SPOILERS AHEAD - do not read if you plan to read this book!!I've had a sense of deja vu lately when I've been reading. One was with Remember Me? and the other one was with this great one by Marion Keyes. It's been ages since I read PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern but I think the premise was similar - in this one, the main character has been seriously injured in a car crash that has killed her newlywed husband. She is in denial of this fact for the first third of the book but then comes to accept it and is in grim pursuit of trying to communicate with him, along with dealing with her friends sympathy and trying to keep her job at a cosmetics firm. I loved it - she's an Irish woman living in NYC and her family back in Dublin is hilarious, and the twist at the end of the book brings it to a satisfying conclusion. I don't think I've ever been let down by Marion Keyes.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-07 11:41

    I read the Marian Keyes novels completely out of order, having started with a copy ofWatermelon my mum leant me when I was home on break. As a result, I perhaps saw the Sullivan girls mature in a slightly different order than other people who read the books in "order."Nevertheless, I was confused by this book, and one other,Rachel's Holiday. From the initial character development I got on Anna and Rachel, I always felt that it would have made far more sense to send Anna to rehab. This book was even further for me. This isn't a bad book. The writing isn't bad, although the plot is a bit strange. My main complaint about this novel is that, for my money, except for a few small flashbacks that fill in the missing years between books, this novel has NOTHING to do with the Anna we meet in the other books. Pretty much all of the Anna, the pretty, somewhat diaphanous hippie we meet in the other books-- is explained away in a few pages, which sum up a whirlwind of her life and dismiss every other instance of her in the series. I felt discomfited by this fact, especially since I felt that the actions of the character in this novel were not in tune with those which would have been taken by the character I knew. All in all, I felt if Keyes felt she needed to write this book, it should have been written as a stand-alone; I didn't feel the plot was well-served by being compressed into a standing character structure that really did not allow for the interplay between the characters here. If nothing else, again, I feel this book would have been better "delegated" to Rachel.

  • Hildy
    2018-10-28 06:50

    first read: February 2011second read: December 2016This is one of my favourite books. It is rare that I read about a couple that is so obviously perfect for each other and so intensely in love. I miss that. This book is quirky, laugh out loud funny, and so emotional. Keyes nailed every part of this. It was long but I still wish that there was more to read.

  • Zen Cho
    2018-10-19 08:43

    This wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be, but it was not the kind of book I would ever have picked up on my own. This is because it is pretty bad. It's not that I dislike chicklit as a genre so much as that it is not a genre I will forgive occasional badness in so long as it presses my buttons, and this was just all sloppy writing and uninteresting characters. Characters is kinda overstating it; they were more names plus associated collections of tics.But as I said, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. I liked the descriptions of the main character's wacky outfits.This book has a surprisingly perky cover for a book about death.

  • Jen
    2018-10-16 10:40

    I love the various Marian Keyes books, especially the ones featuring the individual sisters from the Irish family, the Walshes. Her books are almost standard chick-lit fare, but Keyes's writing and her doses of Irish wickedness make them stand above the crowd.This book features the fourth Walsh sister, Anna. We've met Anna in the other Walsh sister books, where she's something of a spacey, hippie-ish waif, but here she's been transformed into a savvy New York business woman--a bit of a stretch, I thought, but, hey, I was glad Anna seemed to have pulled herself together. All the other books deal with some type of major upheaval in the heroines' lives, but Anna gets nailed the worst, I think. This one still had funny moments, but really, it was a pretty heavy read.

  • Amanda Patterson
    2018-10-29 10:56

    Anna Walsh sits and convalesces at her family home in Ireland, thinking obsessively of her husband, Aidan, and their life in New York. Why, you wonder, does she not just call him? Anna is surrounded in true Keyes fashion by a nutty mother, and an assortment of eccentric sisters. Keyes is on top form in this novel and Anybody Out There? is up there with the best she’s ever written. Like her character, Anna Walsh, one has the sense that Marian Keyes also had to grow up eventually and deal with some hard truths.If you’ve dealt with the cocktail of loss and love and family, read Anybody Out There?

  • Licinia
    2018-10-20 13:46

    Mais um livro na senda da Família Walsh, relata durante um período a vivência traumática e sofrida da quarta filha ou irmã a Anna...mas sem nunca perder ainda assim o humor que esta escritora nos habituou.

  • DebKiwi
    2018-10-30 14:56

    Marian Keyes just doesn't have the "cool" factor as an author. This story would have been ok had it been condensed onto 1/3 of the pages and really what were those hideous emails from her ridiculous mother about.. they didn't add to the story at all.A really dumb read.

  • Lyndall Rae
    2018-11-05 14:45

    This is literally the first book to ever make me cry. Another winner by Marian Keyes. 👏🏼

  • Alisha Marie
    2018-11-06 09:09

    Anybody Out There was a book that started out really great. However, after a while, not only did it start to drag on, it also started to resemble a mess...a mildly intriguing mess, but a mess none the less. Now, I don't need much from a chick-lit to be happy, but in Anybody Out There, I just needed more.The Good: Part 1. Part 1 of Anybody Out There was the best out of the three parts in this book. The family dynamics, which was my favorite part of Anybody Out There, were more prominent in the first part and were only alluded to in the last two parts. Another good thing was the twist. I definitely did not see that coming, particularly because I thought this was going to be a breezy, easy, funny chick-lit. Definite points for the twist.The Okay: Part 3. Part 3, where everything was coming together, was not as good as Part 1, but way better than Part 2. Jacqui's side plot was funny enough that it kept me interested in Anybody Out There. As unplausible as it was, I was also mildly satisfied with the ending. Although, that could have been because I just wanted the book to be over.The Bad: Part 2. I don't know how something involving mediums could've been so flippin' boring. Part 2 just dragged on and on. Oh, and Helen's emails...also dragged on and on. I found Helen to be funny and interesting at first, but after those emails, I was so incredibly bored with her character. That side plot was just pointless. Another bad thing about Anybody Out There was the numerous side plots. You had the mediums, you had the husband turmoil, the job turmoil, the ex-girlfriend turmoil, and a couple more turmoils that I don't feel like elaborating on. This book just had way too much going on. Oh, and it also stopped being funny at one point.So, overall, I found Anybody Out There to be a dud. No laugh out loud moments, but a couple of chuckles at first. Then, there were no chuckles...no type of laughter. There was major eye-rolling, though. Utterly forgettable and more than a little boring, so I say skip it.

  • Julie
    2018-11-02 10:54

    This is a story about one of the Walsh sisters. There are five sisters in this Irish family that Marian Keyes has written several books about. This one is about Anna. It begins with her in in Ireland at her parents' home, although we find out early that she lives in New York and is here recovering. We also know that she misses Aidan very much and that she feels she must recover from her injuries quickly so that she can get back to New York to find him. What we do not know is what happened to her or where Aidan has gone. Her family does not want her to go back and tries to protect her from whatever is waiting for her there. Anna has to face the past in order to move on though. The story is told in flashbacks and is touching and funny. The Walsh family had me laughing out loud, while the Anna's story had me in tears. I highly recommend this title as I enjoyed it very much. If you like this book, try Keyes' other novels about the Walsh's.

  • Colleen
    2018-10-30 11:54

    One of the reviewers of this book said she classifies books into either literature or crap. I would probably call the second category "fluff" instead. The reviewer also mentions there are levels within the categories. So true. This book is "fluff" but it has some good messages about the difficulty of the grieving process. For about a third of the book, we don't know why Anna Walsh has been injured or why her husband doesn't seem to be responding to her. We experience her crazy family and friends throughout; they are all a bit over the top. Anna goes over the top a few times as well. The author could probably have cut out about 100 pages and still told the story. But, with that said, I may read more of Marian Keyes "fluff" especially in the Walsh family series. Her "fluff" provides some relief from more serious books/literature.

  • Jane Long
    2018-11-14 09:45

    I enjoyed this book as I do with most of Marian Keyes' books. I agree though with my daughter Samantha, who read this book first and said she enjoyed it, but the story was a bit depressing. (Even Marian Keyes agreed!) I felt I knew the characters fairly well as they have been in a few of the books I have read by the same author. The family is quite big and lots of different things are going on all the time.

  • Oriyah Nitkin
    2018-10-22 10:01

    This was a fun book that read like a movie. Nice plot, though I felt that certain revelations would have been better later on in the book, and it left me hanging a little more than I would have liked. Fun, quick, good - (even.) And then it was done and mostly unremarkable. But good while it lasted.

  • Karen
    2018-11-06 12:07

    Interesting family!! Plenty of funny , serious, sad and enjoyable times.

  • gille
    2018-11-11 07:44

    This is my favorite of all the Walsh sisters books. I love Anna, she is my favorite sister, and I was so moved by her story. Having read this one first sort of ruined the others, although I loved them too, as I knew what would happen in the end for each sister in her relationships. This was a heartbreaking tale, filled with laughter and tears (A LOT of tears!) and HUGE twists and turns that are hardly expected. Although everyone reading the series should start with Watermelon, then read Rachel's Holiday, then Angels, and finally Anybody Out There?, you should start TODAY so you can get to this one ASAP.Anna is the fourth sister in the Walsh family. She has three older sisters: Claire (Watermelon), Maggie (Angels), and Rachel (Rachel's Holiday), as well as a younger sister, Helen. Anna is the flaky sister, she did a lot of drugs when she was in her teens and twenties, but stopped when Rachel went to rehab. She is known for wearing fringy skirts, going out for milk and coming home months later, and generally being a free-spirited, if not naive, young woman. At the start of Anybody Out There?, Anna wakes up in Dublin, in her parents home, bruised and broken, and seemingly having no idea how it happened. The last thing she knew, she was in New York, working for a cosmetics company. Then everything changes.This book was heavy and sad. It has very funny parts, and the language used by Anna and her friend is hilarious. Like other books I've reviewed, I read other reviews and found them to be misguided. The change in Anna happens in Rachel's Holiday, and continues in Angels. She grows up. She gets a job. She starts on the right path. That has already been built for us in previous stories. Rachel's rehab gets Anna on the straight and narrow. There were also criticisms of Anna and Aiden as a couple, and their lovey-ness being a symptom of their relationship being relatively new. I disagree with this - sometimes people meet, they fall in love, and they remain absolutely enamored with each other for the duration of their lives. It is not out of the question, and it's something that every woman dreams about. Just because this fictional character has it, doesn't mean it's to be disparaged.. Otherwise, this book really piqued my interest in the Walsh family. I found them fun and funny, and I wanted to know more. Each woman grows differently. She makes choices, she lives both with the consequences and through them. Each heroine is likable, each is unique, and you want to know more about them. My heart broke for Anna, and although you KNEW there would be twists, I did not find them to be at all predictable - and I am usually VERY good at predicting the twists and outcomes of books. Finally, the blurb on the book talks about amnesia, of which there is NONE. Anna may not remember what happened, but it's more likely that she knows and has blocked it out. I actually had this book on my shelf for at least a year, and did not read it because I'm pretty tired of amnesia stories. This phrase is not a reason to skip this book as I did for so long!!Anna's story is TRULY one of despair and of hope. I can't wait to read Helen's story, and I'm waiting for Marian Keyes to write about Mammy Walsh, too!!!I highly recommend this book, but only AFTER the three others in the series have been read!

  • Raine
    2018-11-13 10:48

    ANYBODY OUT THERE? is quite the mixture of humor and sadness. Part One is where we meet Anna, who has been injured and is spending time recuperating in her parents home in Ireland. She lives in NYC with her husband Aiden, who is missing. Maybe I'm not used to reading these types of books, but we find out where Aiden is at the beginning of part two, and I was shocked - I had a totally different take on where he could be.Anna eventually goes back to NYC to resume her career as a PR Exec for Candy Grrrl, a popular make up line. We meet her quirky friends and sister Rachel (Anna has 4 sisters and this book is #4 in the series where they each get a feature story). Emails go back and forth between Anna and her Mum and sister Helen in Ireland.While I did laugh at many of the lines in this book, it also address one of the hardest things that can happen in a woman's life. It is done beautifully if not a little corny toward the end. The book is a little long and I think it could have done without the Janie and Jack factor, but it held my attention and I will be checking out some of the other books in the series so I can meet the other sisters in-depth!

  • Sammi
    2018-10-25 12:45

    Along with 'Rachel's Holiday' this is probably my favourite Marian Keyes book. What I love about her books is that she doesn't write 'typical' chick-lit. I generally hate chick-lit (well, apart from Sophie Kinsella's books) but Marian Keyes always manages to add a difficult subject (drug addiction, domestic abuse, rape) and deal with it sensitively and intelligently while also being hilarious.Anybody Out There? tells the story of one of the younger Walsh siblings (we've met them before in Watermelon, Rachel's Holiday and Angels), Anna. I always particularly love the stories about the Walshes as you really get to know them throughout the series and the characters feel so real to me (I know that sounds a trite thing to say but they remind me of my mum's family!).When we've come across Anna in the earlier novels about her older sisters she's a bit of an f-up, but in Anybody Out There? we find that she's pulled herself together and is married and living in New York where she has The Best Job in the World. At the start of the book though she's back in Ireland recovering from a horrible accident in her parent's best living room and desperately trying to get in touch with her husband who won't return her calls. Although you'll probably figure out what's coming before it's revealed, there is one twist that will come as a shock, and knowing what's coming doesn't make it any less emotional when Anna finally begins to come to terms with what's happened. I don't want to give too much away here, but suffice to say you'll probably fall in love with Aiden along with Anna (the story of how they met and married is told throughout the book in flashback form) and find yourself a little bit heartbroken as well. A really brilliant book that I strongly recommend to everyone, even if they don't normally go for chick-lit. Oh, and one more thing. Although the book is part of a series of books about the Walsh sisters it doesn't matter if you haven't read the others, but once you've read this one you're bound to want to!

  • Tori Hoeschler
    2018-10-23 13:50

    Sad at Best, Tedious and Boring at WorstFirst of all, I started this book without realizing that it is actually the 4th in a series involving these Walsh sisters. This always annoys me and although I don’t think this was a situation where I missed something by not reading the first three, it did deter from my overall reading enjoyment. Now, I very much went into this book with eyes wide open; I assumed it was chick lit-y and as such, was not expecting to be bowled over with literary magnificence. But even so, with managed expectations, this story was really grating on my nerves and although there were definitely times when I was choked up and my stomach was in knots, there were MORE times when I was like “OH MY GOD WAKE UP AND GET ON WITH IT!” Now, there are several points when the story takes an unforeseen turn and I’d be lying if I said those points didn’t really hold my interest (ie, when she figures out what happens to her husband, secret part to husband’s life is revealed, etc.) But these story benders are few and far between and you have to trudge through pages and pages of trite dialogue and predictable narrative to get to them which, like I said, did a number on my nerves. In any case, if you’ve read the first three by this author and liked them, then have at this book. You’ll like it. But if you’re just perusing for some light reading, find something else. This is book is very forgettable.

  • Jenn
    2018-11-14 11:43

    Penguin's advertising blitz last year for Marian Keyes books paid off. I have had an inexplicable urge to read one for ages. Well, not entirely inexplicable, as 6 feet tall posters plastered all over the Tube come to mind. But I still don't think I would have found the initiative to procure one so I am lucky May brought this to dinner and put it in front of me. This was surprisingly sad for chicklit! Especially one with butterflies all over the cover (altho the butterflies now make sense). Totally worthwhile read for the "feathery stroker" concept alone:"He kept stroking me, in this awful feathery way, like he'd read a book about how to give women what they want. Bloody Feathery Stroker. I wanted to rip my skin off."And so the phrase came about. It suggested an effeminate quality which instantly stripped a man of all sex appeal. It was a damning way to be categorized. Far better, in Jacqui's opinion, to be a drunken wife-beater in a dirty vest than a Feathery Stroker.The Feathery Stroker rules had complex variantions and sub-sections: men who gave up their seat on the subway were Feathery Strokers - if they smiled at you. But if they grunted, "Seat," in a macho, no-eye-contact way, they were in the clear.