Watermelon

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Arrow, 2005 - Fiction - 520 pages
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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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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

3.5 stars The day Claire has her first baby, her husband James tells her he’s been having an affair and he is leaving Claire. Devastated, Claire moves back to Dublin from London to live with her ... Read full review

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Book Description February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me...I can only assume the two events weren't ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

MARIAN KEYES has had two number 1 Sunday Times bestsellers -- Sushi for Beginners and Angels. She is the celebrated author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, and The Other Side of the Story. She also writes short stories, monthly columns and one-offs for various magazines. She is involved with various charities -- she contributed to a multi-authored book, Yeats is Dead! where all the royalties were donated to Amnesty International. She recently published a collection of her journalism, titled Under the Duvet, and donated all royalties from Irish sales to the Simon Community, a charity which works with the homeless.

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