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Author: Marian Keyes
ISBN: 0099489988
Language: English
Pages: 528 pages
Publisher: Arrow (January 9, 2006)
Rating: 4.8
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This is my first Marian Keyes novel and I was instantly swept up in Claire’s personality and the humor that’s infused in her books.

Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great. This is my first Marian Keyes novel and I was instantly swept up in Claire’s personality and the humor that’s infused in her books. I especially enjoyed listening to the battles that would go on in Claire’s head between the good vs. evil – masterfully done.

A delightful book! Watermelon is propelled by a charming heroine along a twisting, tumbling journey, peopled by a cast of quirky characters and sparkling with Keyes' unique voice’. A lot of laughs and sassy girl talk'. Watermelon is a bloody good page turner'.

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Watermelon is the first book by Marian Keyes that I've read.

Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job.

Fabulous shoes, my badly made stews, an Arctic cruise and ten pounds to lose. Having to schmooze when I'd far rather snooze. Skin care and bad hair and what should I wear? All kinds of views, which I hope will amuse. It's the perfect re-introduction to the Walsh family and Marian's new novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close. Humor, History & Fiction. Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job.

Watermelon : A Walsh Family Novel. This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. Watermelon : A Walsh Family Novel. I have never read Marian Keyes before but I look forward to reading the 2nd book in this series, Rachel's Holiday, and I would highly recommend Watermelon to those who love to read chick-lit.

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WATERMELON a novel Marian Keyes For Mam and Dad CONTENTS Prologue One I’m sorry, you must think I’m very rude.

Watermelon (Book 1 of the Walsh Family series) We all gave a little scream of delight when Marian Keyes announced another novel about the Walsh sisters.

Watermelon (Book 1 of the Walsh Family series). Watermelon - Marian Keyes Nag-iisang chick lit na nagustuhan ko talaga. Watermelon - Marian Keyes, phenomenal chick lit with an Irish flair and a bit of darkness. Watermelon by Marian Keyes is a really funny book. great read if you enjoy chic lit. We all gave a little scream of delight when Marian Keyes announced another novel about the Walsh sisters. Marian Keyes is awesome. Sort of a Sophie Kinsella, with a bit more depth.

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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. 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. Watermelon A Walsh family novel (Том 1), Marian Keyes Walsh Family (Книги 1), Marian Keyes.

Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner.

A hilarious and bittersweet tale of baby-blues and fruitless men. At twenty-nine, fun-loving, good-natured Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James visits her in the recovery room to tell her that he’s leaving her. Claire is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at in the mirror. So, in the absence of any better offers, Claire decides to go home to her family in Dublin. To her gorgeous man-eating sister Helen, her soap-watching mother, her bewildered father. And there, sheltered by the love of her (albeit quirky) family, she gets better. A lot better. In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he’s in for a bit of a surprise.
Comments (7)
Shazel
When Claire Walsh Webster had her baby girl on February 15, the date was permanently etched on her mind for two reasons: it was her daughter's birthday, and it was the day her husband James abandoned her for the woman with whom he had been having an affair.

To say that Claire's life was turned upside down would be an understatement. Taking herself and her baby from London to Dublin was the first step toward creating her new life. Staying in the family home with her parents and two younger sisters did little for her self-esteem, however, and for days and weeks, she languished in the bed, often forgetting to get dressed.

Her younger sisters, Anna and Helen, were annoying distractions...to Claire and to this reader, but their voices did add a bit of humor to Watermelon (Walsh Family Book 1). Themes of betrayal, relationships, and family dynamics kept the story interesting, although it moved rather slowly for most of the story.

I was rooting for Claire, as she struggled to come to terms with the major changes in her life, and I enjoyed the internal monologues she carried on in a rather comic and snarky voice. The story is narrated from her first person perspective, and it was a funny voice indeed.

Would Claire manage to create a new life for herself? Would she find love again? And what would happen when James finally wanted to see her? Could his rather unexpected suggestions arouse her to take charge of her own life?

I recommend this story to those fascinated by family drama and issues of female empowerment, but don't expect a fast-paced narrative or a plot that leads to any major conclusions. A fun, light read can be enough on some days, though. I liked this conclusion that Claire arrived at toward the end of the book, as she began to reclaim her life:

"When happiness makes a guest appearance in one's life, it's important to make the most of it. It may not stay around for long and when it has gone wouldn't it be terrible to think that all the time one could have been happy was wasted worrying about when that happiness would be taken away?"

A 4 star read.
Iraraeal
I finished Rachel's Holiday not long ago and had I known this book was about the same annoying family, I wouldn't have bought it. I only finished it to keep from wasting the few dollars I paid for it. The way the author just says things over and over in different ways or lists things that are similar drove me crazy. Guess she had to meet word counts or something. I think giving this book 3 stars is generous, but I know it was her first. I LOVED The Woman Who Stole My Life, but am beginning to feel like it was a fluke.
Coron
Like Marian Keyes' other books, "Watermelon," her first, is warm, witty in the extreme, funny, and somehow wise, all at the same time.
The book begins on a horrifying happenstance: Claire has just given birth to a beautiful, healthy daughter, and as she lies basking in the afterglow, her slime of a husband, James, enters her hospital room to tell her that: 1) he is in love with another woman; and that 2) he is therefore leaving Claire. Just like that. No muss, no fuss. With a beginning like that, it's hard to imagine where to go from here, but Keyes manages to pick Claire up by the scruff of her neck, shake her off, and move her and her newborn back to Dublin from London, where she had been living with James.
Once in Dublin, Claire runs the gamut of emotions, from not showering for a week to crying nonstop for 24 hours to yelling and screaming to becoming the "antichrist" to her large, extended and very strange family. Yet we love her more on every page. And we want so much for Claire to "sort herself out," as the Brits say.
Will Claire sort herself out? Will James come back and grovel? If he does, will Claire take him back? Will her parents ever break free of their strange and abominable daughters? It's all answered in the book, in prose that is so completely fresh and witty, so very funny, that the reader almost forgets that there is actually a real story here, and a good one at that.
It's nice to know that Keyes only got better with time, because this, her first novel, is just about perfect, and I'm glad to know that it wasn't a flash in the pan!
from earth
One of the best pieces of reading recently. Sincere and witty, rich emotional narration with bits and tinges and colors easily recognized by every woman with similar experience. Written so honestly and powerfully that one gets goosebumps. Thrilling plot! Fantastic choice of words! Brilliant sense of humor. The only dissapointing factor was the ending... Too obvious and sweet-tasting. Even if this is true and I do believe it happens in life (well it happened in mine!) - they've lived happily ever after - nice and sensual story gets buried under a thick coat of sugar. Why not leave the end open? make a few hints? This Adam figure is so plain "ideal" - seems a bit alien for such a flesh-and-blood lively character of Claire!!! In general loved it and highly recommend especially for those having break-up experiences with spouses.