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Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,190 ratings  ·  336 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 10th 2020 by Alcove Press
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Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
This is a review of the audiobook of this novel.

Agatha Arch is afraid of a lot of things, there are too many to list. The most ridiculous one is “beans”. She is afraid of beans because she had once watched a movie where the serial killer ate beans after he kills his victims, usually in very gruesome ways. But we all have our inner fears so I went with it.

The beginning starts with Agatha catching her husband having sex with the neighborhood dog walker in the shed in their backyard. It was so unex
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything features an anxious protagonist. Kristin Bair O’Keeffe’s writing is refreshing and clever. When Agatha finds her husband cheating on her, she loses the last hold she thought she had on her life, which goes from bad to worse really quickly. The book is never too heavy because Agatha and her antics add some levity.

Agatha Arch’s story is a touch zany and always entertaining. I really loved Agatha even if she is a little over-the-top. She made me - almost - want t
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 ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Here I go, here I go, here I go again . . . .

MEN - Books whose covers resemble Where’d You Go Bernadette.

Okay then.

Alright, so Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything???? Maybe a more fitting title would have been Agatha Arch Is Having A Little Teensie Bit Of A Nervous Breakdown After Finding Her Husband Fucking The Dog Walker In Her Backyard Shed.

I’m going to go ahead and blame Finlay Donovan for me not loving this one as much as I s
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot....

I must confess I kept postponing listening to this audiobook after reading a review that said the main character was completely annoying and she got boring pretty quickly. I have one thing to say to that reviewer: you're wrong! Kidding (not).

Is Agatha Arch annoying? Yes. Is she unhinged? Yes. Is she quirky? Yes. Is she a little bit cruel? Yes. Is she over the top? Absolutely. But she is also funny, loving and caring with those she love
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything’ is a story full of heart and hilarious antics that will have you rooting for Agatha in her imminent breakdown after a life altering event and ultimate betrayal from her husband.

Underneath this hilarious novel is a mother who loves her sons, a wife jilted by her husband with another woman, a writer longing to find her next inspiration, and a woman trying to make sense of her middle age life through therapy trying to work out her fears and anxieties.

I enjoye
Jessica Strawser
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Oh, don’t mind my friend Agatha on the cover there. She’s not spying on you.⁣

Since she found her husband in the shed bonking the dog walker, she’s become a bit… unhinged?⁣

Getting sprayed by a skunk, the town interloper, and a not-so-friendly moms Facebook group is not helping her case.⁣

Her Shrinky Dink can’t change that she’s terrified of beans, and that the only thing that gets her through the day is Bear Grylls.⁣

Will Thelma and Louise, a state of the art drone, the Tush, and a snotty bowl
Nov 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
This will be a harsh, yet an honest review. I disliked this book. Like truly, didn’t enjoy a minute of it while listening to the audiobook. I found myself constantly tuning out and tempted to skip ahead only to get it done with (which I did from time to time and didn’t miss a single thing or found myself lost). I only crawled my way forward in the hopes of something to happen to make the book interesting. It never did.
I’m pretty sure that I am the right target audience for this book since I che
Lesley Kagen
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Funny and charming with a touch of melancholy. Wonderful.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Are you ready to forget about all the sadness in the world and read a happy make you laugh out loud book? I found you one that you will really enjoy. A dog walker? You have got to read this book to find out what happened with the dog walker.
This is a 5 star read that you are going to be so happy you took the time to read. And Yes, Agatha is afraid of everything.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our ow
Rachel McKenny
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, did I get your attention? I hope so. Agatha Arch is worth that attention. I was lucky enough to get an ARC, and a few things struck me about this novel:
1. Yes, it does remind me of WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE, but not because it duplicates the themes or plot. AGATHA is zany, heart-felt and voicey, just like BERNADETTE. If you liked one, you'll certainly like the other.
2. This novel is so funny. The interactions with the Mom's FB group, the mental circles that Agatha sometimes follows...
Jessica Haider
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor, chick-lit
Suburban New England Moms. A world of their own. From the Facebook Moms Group to the local gossip. Agatha Arch's life is thrown for a loop when she discovers her husband messing around with the local dog walker in their backyard shed. Agatha immediately loses it and hacks the shed apart with a hatchet. Agatha's life is suddenly changed and she finds herself needing to face her fears and she has A LOT of fears. For example, she is afraid of beans (beans!) after watching Silence of the Lambs. Agat ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, contemporary
"Fear sharpens us." This is Agatha's mantra. She's a big fan of Bear Grylls, so that's why she has made this phrase her own motto. In fact, Bear Grylls has said this: "You're not human if you don't feel fear. But I've learned to treat fear as an emotion that sharpens me."

Agatha is really afraid of, well, almost everything. And now her life has been put upside down because of her husband's love affair with the dog walker. She's always felt protected by her husband, and now he has betraye
Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
Agatha Arch is afraid of a lot of things. Not everything. She is annoyed by everything. She is judgmental of everything. And everyone. Compared to those, her fears are actually a pretty short list.

Agatha Arch should be someone I was pulling for. She should have been someone I related to. She starts off losing it for a pretty good reason. Yes, her reaction was beyond what most would have been, but it made sense. I think it was the only time she made sense. She had snotty nicknames for everyone sh
J Earl
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair is an offbeat novel that relies on the anxieties and dialogue, often internal, of the protagonist. I had my questioning moments while reading but ultimately found it both fun and even thought-provoking in many ways.

Agatha would not, in real life, be an easy person to like or even have any dealings with. But fiction is full of these characters because they offer things a "likeable" or "sane" character can't. From some amazingly narrow ideas (usu
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Agatha Arch, Agatha Arch, Agatha Arch! Your book was somewhat amusing, but the posts from the FB Mom's group got to be a bit monotonous and all those rants about the "interloper" -- same. Tap, tap, tippity tap. . . So glad you spared that woodpecker, by the way. There were some good bits about being a good friend. Loved the Bear Grylls bobblehead and Agatha's spy pants. And the goat yoga was a fun addition. Unfortunately, although there is a vague resemblance to 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette,' the ...more
Laugh-out-loud funny; recommended of fans of Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette. Agatha Arch is a woman in crisis after discovering her husbands infidelity in the backyard shed with the beautiful neighborhood dog- walker. While Agatha’s behavior is often cringe worthy, the reader can’t help but route for her. Sharp, witty dialog.
Khristina Chess
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
Agatha Arch's approach to fear is to attack. With a hatchet. With drone surveillance. With sharp words that keep others at a safe perimeter. The results are hilarious exchanges with the Facebook Moms and interior monologue as she spies on the House of Sin where her estranged husband now lives with the dog walker.

There is so much to love about this book. Agatha is a great character, and her journey to healing and wholeness is honest, authentic, and heartfelt. Her relationships with others in the
Shannon (The Book Club Mom)
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, Agatha. I love you. You are a breath of fresh air. Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe was just the audiobook I needed this past week. I’ve been a nervous wreck lately for multiple reasons, so Agatha and all of her quirkiness eased some tension, and brought a huge smile to my face. I admired her dry sense of humor, and would totally befriend her in real life. Here’s a few things you need to know about Agatha:
1. She loves to cuss.
2. She’s a little crude.
3. She’s frick
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received the ARC of this book through NetGalley and Alcove Press and I would like to thank them for this charming book. Agatha Arch is about as quirky of a character as you can get. She is afraid of everything it seems, from beans to anthrax and over reacts to any encounter with the things she is afraid of. When she finds her husband having sex with the dog walker (they don’t even have a dog) in the shed in their backyard she completely loses control and destroys the shed with a hatchet. Then ...more
This is not going to be a long review -I really don't have a lot to say about this book. Actually, I do have a lot to say, but I don't want to give the whole book away!

I had to actually force myself through the first 2/3 of this book. I really disliked the narrative and the characters. The trope/s drove me crazy also! But the last third or so really kept me captive. I was really rooting for Agatha to get her sh*t together, and as much as I disliked the secondary and tertiary characters -it was n
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Agatha has been compared to the likes of Bernadette and it's not far off. The book follows Agatha who has some pretty strange fears, an outspoken tendency in her fb mom's group, and unwritten novel looming over her head. She also has the little incident with her husband that sets the story in motion. "Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything" is a light, funny, and quick read that will have you laughing out loud and talking about her facebook mom's group long after the last page. ...more
Deanna Mannino (Dees_Bookshelf)
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Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything by Kristen Bair
Pub Date: 11/10/2020

This was really unlike any book I’ve ever read. It was quick, light and funny.


Agatha Arch is an author living in New England. One afternoon she finds her husband, Dax and the dog walker doing the dirty in her shed..... anddd she chases them with a hatchet, her shed ends up taking the brunt of her attack, now an eyesore. Dax tells her he’s leaving her with their children and moving
Sara Stapf
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know why I was putting this one off for so long. Agatha Arch is such a great character who you root for from beginning to end.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was surprised and delighted by how much I enjoyed this book!

I found myself drawn into Agatha's world, from her destroyed shed to her cutsey nickname for her therapist and the moms she follows on Facebook almost immediately. To be clear Agatha is not particularly likable in the beginning or even by the middle. But the story is so fascinating!

Agatha Arch is truly afraid of everything - even beans. Which leads her to jump to
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received a free ebook of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

Agatha Arch is Afraid of Everything was compared to Where'd You Go Bernadette, a book which I did enjoy and so I requested this from NetGalley.  However, I found this to be not in the same vein as Bernadette.  Agatha comes across as seriously mentally ill, somewhere along the lines of Borderline Personality Disorder, and in need of some significant treatment (more than her therapist casually suggesting that perhap
Dec 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I have reached 34% of the book and after reading two pages of 'Stink bug. Stink bug. Stink bug' I've decided I cannot read any word further.

What an INCREDIBLE waste of time considering the amount of good books out there waiting to be read!
Denise Wilbanks | This Is My Everybody
BOOK PREVIEW: Agatha Arch Is Afraid Of Everything by Kristin Bair

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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, cand
Mireille Chartier
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I was excited when I received the advanced copie of Agatha Arch Is Afraid Of Everything on audiobook. I was looking at this book just a few days ago while perusing the month’s releases. But oh boy! did this book test my patience.

Agatha Arch is a happily married woman or so she thought before one day while retrieving her boys ball from the backyard before Susan Sontag, the neighborhood skunk, gets to it she sees her husband Dax and the local dog walker having sex in the shed. In a state of shock
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Kristin Bair is the author of the novel Agatha Arch Is Afraid of Everything. Under the name Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, she has published two novels, The Art of Floating and Thirsty, as well as numerous essays about China, bears, adoption, off-the-plot expats, and more. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Baltimore Review, The Manifest-Station, Flying: Journal of Writing and Environment ...more

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