Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything

Narrated by Soneela Nankani
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.

Buy this Book on

You must sign in to see if this title is available for request.
Pub Date 10 Nov 2020 | Archive Date 01 Dec 2020

Talking about this book? Use #DreamscapeMedia #NetGalley. More hashtag tips!


Description

A quirky, nervous wreck of a New England mom is forced to face her many fears in this touching, irresistible novel from author Kristin Bair. Agatha Arch's life shatters when she discovers her husband in their backyard shed, in flagrante delicto, giving the local dog walker some heavy petting. Suddenly, Agatha finds herself face to face with everything that frightens her...and that's a loooooong list. Agatha keeps those she loves close. Everyone else, she keeps as far away as possible. So she's a mystery to nearly everyone in her New England town. To her husband, she's a saucy, no-B.S. writer. To her Facebook Moms group, she's a provocateur. To her neighbor, she's a standoffish pain in the butt. To her sons, she's chocolate pudding with marshmallows. And to her shrink, she's a bundle of nerves on the brink of a cataclysmic implosion. Defying her abundant assortment of anxieties, Agatha dons her "spy pants"--a pair of khakis whose many pockets she crams with binoculars, fishing line, scissors, flashlight, a Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD, candy, and other espionage essentials--and sets out to spy on her husband and the dog walker. Along the way, she finds another intriguing target to follow: a mysterious young woman who's panhandling on the busiest street in town. It's all a bit much for timorous Agatha. But with the help of her Bear Grylls bobblehead, a trio of goats, and a dog named Balderdash, Agatha may just find the courage to build a better life.

A quirky, nervous wreck of a New England mom is forced to face her many fears in this touching, irresistible novel from author Kristin Bair. Agatha Arch's life shatters when she discovers her...


Advance Praise

“Fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Elinor Oliphant Is Fine will love this clever romp.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Readers of Laurie Gelman and Abbi Waxman who enjoy irreverent moms...will enjoy the ride.”

—Booklist

"A singular and relatable story that’s ideal for fans of Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Kristin Bair is a fresh new voice in women’s fiction."

—Ann Garvin, USA Today Bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around

“Hilarious and heartbreaking, fresh and wise, and quirky as can be. The talented Kristin Bair introduces us to the touchingly neurotic Agatha Arch—a woman who loves too much and fears too much, and is on the hunt to discover her own singular power. If you love Bridget and Bernadette, please meet Agatha. I loved her, and you will, too.”

—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today Bestselling author of The First to Lie

"If you were a fan of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, you're going to love Agatha Arch. From the very first page, her voice is a breath of fresh air, fears and all: Even as she reels from life-altering betrayal, our unlikely heroine had me laughing, cheering her on, and hanging on her every word. A highly satisfying read, sure to be one of my favorites of the year."

 —Jessica Strawser, bestselling author of Not That I Could Tell

"[A] sprightly read as refreshing, necessary, and delicious as summer lemonade.”

 —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and With or Without You

"Oh, how I loved this book! Move over Eleanor Oliphant—Agatha Arch is here. And she's the exact quirky, laugh-out-loud, feel-good heroine everyone in the world needs right now."

—Colleen Oakley, critically acclaimed author of You Were There Too

“A modern moms’-group morality tale with heart to spare, Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything is charming, witty, wry, and just wicked enough for any reader to love.”

—Sophie Littlefield, National Bestselling Author of That's What Frenemies Are For

"What do you do when you find your husband in the shed with the dog walker? Take an axe to the shed, put your spy-pants on, and see where it all will lead. Kristin Bair’s Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything is a fun, funny, and fresh story of resilience to the many betrayals of marriage and middle age.”

—Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety and Animal Husbandry

"When times are tough, let Agatha Arch have any meltdown you’re repressing in this cathartic and unexpectedly poignant read."

—Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author

“Fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Elinor Oliphant Is Fine will love this clever romp.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Readers of Laurie Gelman and Abbi Waxman who enjoy irreverent...


Available Editions

EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781662052071
PRICE $24.99 (USD)

Available on NetGalley

NetGalley Shelf App (AUDIO)

Average rating from 112 members


Featured Reviews

I very rarely listen to audiobooks because I find that my mind wanders and I end up missing parts of the story. This audiobook was so much fun. There are a lot of humorous sections in this book but it's also touching and sad in some parts. But it's the perfect kind of book (in my opinion) to listen to as an audiobook because it definitely kept my attention. I really enjoyed it! I also though the narrator was very good.

Was this review helpful?

Agatha Arch isn't really afraid of everything it's more or less she needs to find herself and be comfortable with AGATHA before being comfortable with everything else. Kristin Bair O'Keeffe has thrown everything into this one -so much so- I was waiting for the sky to fall next - type of feel. When you're reading and everything keeps coming at you from all angles with many things being so absurd it's unbelievable and cray-cray it makes the reader question the 'why' and 'how' it all came to end. The end was quite sparkly but the beginning was a mess with Agatha in need of intervention after uncovering her husband Dex messing with the dog walker in the shed. Talk about anger a bit much-she goes full force- and whips out the binoculars, the tree limbs, the go-pro camera and whatever else she could find to get answers. Agatha physically destroyed the shed with a hatchet as she loses herself in a flood of tears and expletives. However, she doesn't need answers if she's secure in herself, her well being, her values and self worth. In today's world we come across books like this in which the woman is labeled often unfairly as 'nuts' and 'off the wall psycho' when really she's looking for attention, affection, adulation, praise, and most importantly a chance to be heard and loved. The 'shrinky dink' was an adventure, the stink bug too but when a trio of goats and a dog named Balderdash are thrown in -it just became too much. I'm sure the idea began with throw it in and see what sticks but if this was tempered to a more tolerable level and not so hyped up with the overall emotional turmoils it might have made a more appealing and engrossing work for me. I have once been told as a kid that I couldn't sit still -my parents were offered adhd drugs- I insisted less sugar and proper dietary nutritional needs. If you get my drift this has that same sense of out of control madness that some may welcome but others shy away because underneath the moral of the story often gets lost. Either way you run with it this was a good audio to tune in albeit set a day aside for its entirety.

Was this review helpful?

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. Thank you to the Author, the Publisher and to Netgalley. This book was unfortunately not for me. I give this book 2.5 stars. I didn't like the main character, and I found the story uninteresting, nothing exciting happened. I considered not finishing this book numerous times, because I just couldn't connect with it, but I made it through.

Was this review helpful?

I ended up enjoying this book in the end, but I struggled to get into it at first. It might have been the narration, which I perceived as a little whiny. But, overall, good story/plot, even if it' is about upper middle class white suburbia.

Was this review helpful?

This was a sweet book that made me laugh out loud. Agatha Arch is trying to get through life after she finds her husband having sex with the dog walker in her shed. Agatha is the hilarious and cynical mom voice we all read (or are) on the mommy Facebook groups. Through friendship, yoga, goats and a romantic fling with a man with a cold, Agatha finds herself and finds peace. It's a cute book that's the perfect book to listen to as an audio book. I just reviewed Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair. #DreamscapeMedia #NetGalley

Was this review helpful?

Agatha March is quite the character. A writer who seems to be in everyone’s business, she finds her business the talk of the town. After her husband leaves her, she loses her mind more than a little. She becomes a regular subject on the local mom group. She’s not likable at all at times, she assumes the worst in everyone. She’s a stalker and she doesn’t think twice about being a jerk to even kids. By the end of the story she doesn’t fully redeem herself, but she is well on her toward being a better person,

Was this review helpful?

I really enjoyed this book, It reminded me a bit of “Where’d you go Bernadette”. It was a hard read for me. My husband kept joking “man you really don’t want to read that book do you?” My first marriage went much the same way and I found this all too relatable and reminiscent of my life years ago. I really enjoyed the final interactions with the husband. It isn’t often that happens and it’s so nice to see that peaceful closure so few of us get. Even if it is just in a book. I would reread this book, along with fixer upper and other, take charge, slightly crazy, girls can do it all! Books I enjoy repeating. Anything with Goat yoga is a win right?

Was this review helpful?

what a hoot! this made me LOL many times - so many relatable moments at the silliness of Facebook posts; i wish i had a friend like Agatha Arch!

Was this review helpful?

It was a pleasure seeing the inside of Agatha Arch’s head, knowing her most intimate thoughts and fears. Agatha finds her husband having an affair with non-other than…. the dog-walker (they don’t even own a dog). Agatha goes crazy, grabs the hacksaw and destroys the shed – which is where she found them having sex. Throughout the story Agatha interacts and criticizes with a Facebook mom’s group in her town. As Agatha’s life comes crashing down from all sides, especially when she is caught spying on her estranged husband and the dog walker, she forms new friendships from unlikely sources. As crazy as Agatha Arch is, she is likeable, and most times you can understand where she is coming from and at least reason why she is doing something. Agatha is very sharp and has a witty sense of humor. I couldn’t stop listening as I wanted to know what crazy thing would happen next. There are plenty of chuckle and a few laugh-out-loud moments throughout the story. Thank you @netgalley for my audiobook copy! The narrator was amazing, and really did sound like Agatha Arch’s innermost thoughts.

Was this review helpful?

First off I can totally relate to Agatha all though I’ve never been married this book just feels like it would be my life. Agatha is not really afraid of everything most of the things she is afraid of there is a reason behind it so completely understandable Without giving spoilers I am kinda confused why she was so obsessed with a certain character in this book for that character to no longer be there and what happened to them was never mentioned other then that this would Have to be one of my top 3 books I have read this year I laughed so much thank you for allowing me to read this it

Was this review helpful?

I love Agatha Arch. I wanted to slap her for a bit there but I love her. A delightful little book. "Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be. All hail Joan Didion!" Thanks NetGalley for this early read, rather, listen. I wouldn't have grabbed it if I'd realized it was an audiobook (I don't do those, I said to myself). Then I felt bad for not providing a review, so I listened to my first audiobook. And damn, that was enjoyable. Listened while I watered, a little bit at night. I may even listen to another!

Was this review helpful?

This book was the perfect escape. It was lovely and fun. It was my first book by this author and I will definitely be on the look out for more!!

Was this review helpful?

Agatha Arch is a fairly successful author who lives in a world of white privilege. She’s married to a man she loves and has two sons she adores. When she catches her husband having sex in the garden shed with the neighborhood dog walker, she loses it completely - totally destroying rage garden shed with a hatchet. Agatha believes she’s afraid of everything. She sees a therapist. She belongs to a Facebook mom’s group. Once I decided the book was supposed to be ironic and funny, I enjoyed it more. It just felt so white. One character of color is a house painter who Agatha sees a a possible sex partner. The process Agatha goes through to become a strong independent woman was mostly entertaining. Her most redeeming quality is her love for her sons. The narrator of the audiobook Soneela Nankani was fantastic. She captured the tone of the privileged white woman perfectly. I found myself laughing out loud. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this arc in exchange for an honest review.

Was this review helpful?

"A quirky, nervous wreck of a New England mom is forced to face her many fears in this touching, irresistible novel from author Kristin Bair. Arch's life shatters when she discovers her husband in their backyard shed, in flagrante delicto, giving the local dog walker some heavy petting. Defying her abundant assortment of anxieties, Agatha dons her "spy pants"--a pair of khakis whose many pockets she crams with binoculars, fishing line, scissors, flashlight, a Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD, candy, and other espionage essentials--and sets out to spy on her husband and the dog walker." I couldn't offer a better description of this delightful book than the description from the publisher.  It is very remniscint of Where'd You Go, Bernadette.  Well written and just a fun read.

Was this review helpful?

Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Blair is a really light and fun book about some heavy topics. The main character goes through a whole heck of a lot in this book and yet it remains funny and warm- I was rooting for her the whole time with admiration. Agatha Arch is an overly anxious woman, yes, but she’s so multi-layered. Agatha is anxious, strong, funny, smart, talented, witty, and a survivor. I loved seeing a character with fears and anxieties and struggles who was still a funny and intelligent member of her society. This book is so much fun and honestly, inspiring. It inspired me to connect more with people to understand them better. Also, the audiobook narrator is phenomenal. The way that she delivered the sass and sadness and thoughtfulness of Agatha was absolute perfection and I’m so glad that I listened to this via audiobook. I definitely recommend this book and this audiobook! I truly enjoyed it so much. A big thank you to Dreamscape Media and Netgalley for a free copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review!

Was this review helpful?

On an ordinary day, Agatha Arch goes out to her shed and finds her husband having sex with the neighborhood dog walker. This sets off a chain of humorous stalking incidents on Agatha's part. This book is very reminiscent of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, which is a book that I loved. Bernadette was plagued by the neighborhood "gnats" (parents group at her daughter's school) while Agatha is bothered by her neighborhood moms' Facebook group. This book was light and entertaining. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

Was this review helpful?

Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything, by @kbairokeeffe is a contemporary story of a woman, #AgathaArch, who claims to be afraid of (almost) everything, including beans (yes beeeeeans as in green beans, kidney beans, fava beans any kind of beans lol)! This audiobook had me laughing sooo much and was just the uplifting ridiculously hilarious romp that i needed to round out this hideous year! Agatha finds her husband "screwing the dogwalker" in their shed and grabs a hatchet and destroys the shed whilst chasing the duo with said handaxe. As Agatha learns to cope with her separation and fears, she learns that she's not just capable but is a fearsome warrior. I really really enjoyed listening to this and highly recommend the audio! Narrated by #SoneelaNankani and omg what a great job she did! Many thanks to @netgalley, the publisher, and the author for this advanced read. It was a fantastic fun listening experience & a wonderful story, 5 stars from here! Posted this also on Twitter (the dutchess) and Instagram (phillybookfairy) and go goodreads!

Was this review helpful?

Agatha Arch has an impulse control problem. So when one of the moms from her moms Facebook group posts yet again about the same old topics, she wants to answer in disparaging emojis. When she realizes that a skunk is living under her porch, she names it Susan Sontag. And when she finds out that her husband is cheating on her with the local dogwalker, and that the cheating is happening right now, in the shed in the backyard of their house that has their two sons inside, Agatha grabs the hatchet and starts chopping that shed down. The dogwalker doesn’t even have time to put her dress back on before she runs for her life. And that’s how Agatha Arch found out that her life was about to be upended. Her husband moves out, to the dogwalker’s house, and her two boys go too, half the time. That leaves Agatha a lot of time to obsess over all the things that scare her, like beans, and to gear up for spying on her husband and his new partner. With the help of her Bear Grylls bobblehead, her handy spy pants, a head lamp, and her new Leatherman super tool, Agatha sets out to try to figure out several things: who the interloper is (a young woman who has suddenly appeared in their small town and has been seen begging for cash), what happened to Balderdash (a runaway dog much talked about in the mom’s Facebook group), and why her husband suddenly left to make a life with someone else. Between angering her neighbor for not cleaning up the shed mess, ducking her agent’s texts and messages about the thriller she’s supposed to be writing, talking to Shrinkydink about her fears (her therapist), and befriending a smart teenaged girl in the park to get help flying her fancy drone, Agatha is a busy woman. But she is also lonely. And sad. And afraid. And as the weeks go by, Agatha realizes that there is really only one choice for her, to build a life for the sons she loves so much—she has to let go and move on. She has to figure out how to life now. And she has to let down some of the walls she’s built around herself and let others in. She has to make friends. Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything is a dark and charming story of a woman whose life is upended and has to figure out how to right herself again. Author Kristin Bair’s characters are smart and funny and feel real, and the writing is clever and snappy. This book reminded me a lot of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? as they are both smart books about smart women who find themselves at a crossroads in life. These are both very likable books. I got to listen to the audio book of Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything, narrated by Soneela Nankani, and the voice for Agatha was at times scornful, derisive, or frustrated—in other words, Nankani’s narration fit the character perfectly. Agatha Arch is a lot of fun for readers and listeners. She feels a lot of pain, and that can be hard to get through, but the payoff is worth it. Agatha is a complicated, some would say difficult woman, but in the end she steals your heart away and you root for her to live her best life. A copy of the audio book for Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything was provided by Dreamscape Media through NetGalley, with many thanks.

Was this review helpful?

Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair O'Keeffe is equal parts quirky, honest, completely crazy at points and cuttingly hilarious. Agatha Arch is not exactly the most relatable character, for me, but she is certainly entertaining! I definitely enjoyed the mom Facebook group shenanigans - it felt very accurate! If you've recently gone through or are going through a divorce, you might want to skip this book - the emotional rollercoaster of a divorce was very raw and accurate. I gave this book 3 stars. I felt like the story got a little repetitive in the middle but, overall this book is entertaining and hilarious.

Was this review helpful?

Agatha Arch is... Quirky, angry, impulsive, funny, loving, hateful, interesting, scary, unhinged, unhappy and afraid of everything.Kristin Bair has written this clever character driven story about A slightly-OK maybe more than slightly- unhinged woman that you will simultaneously love and hate. The book kicks off with Agatha catching her husband in a compromising position with the dog walker. Agatha is not having it! she promptly picks up an ax takes off after her husband and the dog walker, and then destroys the shed where the shenanigans were taking place. what follows is an entertaining story about a scorned woman obsessed. She goes to war with the Facebook moms. Spies on her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. Lets her yard go wild. she also befriends a woman in need and is always there for her kids. you may not like Agatha, but you will want to see what she’s up to next. I thoroughly enjoyed this crazy story. Soneela Nankani -One of my favorite audiobook narrators- narrates the story. she gave the perfect voice to Agatha, enhancing the story for me. Love spending time with this colorful character, just made sure I did not get on her bad side.😉 This book in emojis 🪓 🐶 🐐 👩‍👦‍👦 🔎 *** Big thank you to Dreamscape Media for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Was this review helpful?

No doubt Agatha Arch is faced with a terrible situation. Her husband is found cheating with a local dog walker in her back shed. This very public, life-altering event brings out the worst in Agatha. She tests the boundaries of her already contentious relationships with her neighbors. This book had some funny parts and some good ideas that could have worked. Unfortunately, there were far more tedious and annoying plot lines that were overdone. For example, the idea of someone being afraid of beans is not amusing, just irritating. In addition to her ridiculous fears, Agatha is an intentionally unlikeable. This would have been more enjoyable if her antics were funny or if she redeemed herself sooner, but it ended up being a book about someone being a total jerk.

Was this review helpful?

BOOK PREVIEW: Agatha Arch Is Afraid Of Everything by Kristin Bair Let's see what this story is about… STORY... Agatha Arch's life shatters when she discovers her husband in their backyard shed giving the local dog walker some “heavy petting.” Suddenly, Agatha finds herself face to face with everything that frightens her. Defying her abundant assortment of anxieties, Agatha dons her "spy pants" -- a pair of khakis whose many pockets she crams with binoculars, fishing line, scissors, flashlight, candy and other espionage essentials (!) -- and starts spying... WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WITH THIS BOOK?.... This one is recommended for “fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine”… And I am a big fan of both! All in and ready to read… ✨😎✨ Agatha Arch Is Afraid Of Everything by Kristin Bair 2020 New Book Releases | November Contemporary Fiction -------------------- All my reviews can be seen at This Is My Everybody | Books & DIY Home Ideas | Denise Wilbanks at www.thisismyeverybody.com ... Including my video tutorials for DIY home ideas inspired by recommended books to support you in bringing your favorite books to life in your life and home. You can see all my December Book Previews & additional features for Agatha Arch Is Afraid Of Everything by Kristin Bair at https://www.thisismyeverybody.com/books/books-coming-out-in-2020-december ✨😎✨A big thank you to Kristin Bair, Dreamscape Media and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are my own.

Was this review helpful?

Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair was an alright book. The main character, Agatha, was a ball of anxiety and nasty to others. There were some funny moments, but overall, the book was irritating. Even though she grew to be a more likeable person it was too little too late. I felt awful that she found her husband cheating on her, but it was inferred she was an unlikeable person before that scene. I really liked the narrator’s tone of voice. To be fair to the book, the narrator could have been the reason I found Agatha to be such an awful person. ***** I received an ARC from NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my honest review. *****

Was this review helpful?

Thank you NetGalley for a chance to review this audio book. Agatha Arch is afraid of everything. No, really, everything. You can imagine what a stumbling block this is. This book follows her escapades with humor and kindness. I loved listening to this audiobook and it had me laughing out loud a few times at the situations Agatha finds herself in. It’s a light, fun book that I recommend.

Was this review helpful?

Readers who liked this book also liked: