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Watermelon, Marian Keyes's very first novel, tells the extremely funny and wonderfully touching tale of a woman who thought she had it all - until the day she discovers that it's all gone . . .
'Failed relationships can be describe as so much wasted makeup . . .'
On the day she gives birth to her first child, Claire Walsh's husband James tells her he's been having an affair and now's the right time to leave her.
Right for who exactly? Exhausted, tearful and a tiny bit furious, Claire can't think of what to do. So she follows the instincts of all self-respecting adults in tricky situations.
. . . And runs home to Mum and Dad.
But while her parents are sympathetic, Claire's younger sisters are less so. Helen wants to share the new toy (she means baby Kate). While Anna is too busy having out-of her-head experiences.
So when James slips back into her life, desperate to put things right, Claire doesn't know whether to take a chance on a past she feared she'd lost forever or face an uncertain future of her own.
But is she as on her own as she really believes?
'A warm and hilarious page turner' Good Housekeeping
'Reading a novel by Marian Keyes is like sitting at the kitchen table with your nicest, most confiding friend.' Daily Mail
'Gloriously funny' The Sunday Times
'Funny but poignant' Marie Claire
'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express
Claire Webster, heroine of this breezy Irish bestseller, thinks hubby James is the man of her dreams until he ditches her for an older woman (Claire herself is 29) two hours after their daughter is born. Mother and child repair to Dublin, where there's hope of solace and sustenance in the bosom of an eccentric family, while Claire downsizes from watermelon to wisp and struggles over the hurdles of blues and booze. When she attracts a handsome young lover and considers dumping the suddenly repentant James, it's clear a happy ending's in sight. Or is it? There are a few surprises and plenty of sassy girltalk in this slick if sometimes silly take on what it's like to be female. Much of the hilarity generated by Claire's funky family--airhead sisters who squabble over clothes and men, a mother who'd rather watch soap operas than cook, a father perpetually bewildered by the women in his life--wears thin, but readers will identify with Claire's flaws, applaud her irreverent wit and rejoice at her triumphant recovery. Like the fruit it's named for, this overlong novel is short on nutrition but long on refreshment.
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Annoying and unrelatable characters
The storyline was cool but the characters left a lot to be desired. Especially the main character. Her crippling lack of common sense wasn't Bridget Jones style cute at all. Quite disappointed as this could've gone better. The discourse was spot on though but it just felt like Claire was a teenager rather than an adult - always petulant and slow.