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Watermelon Hardcover – 16 Oct 1997

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann; New edition edition (16 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434004820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434004829
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 5.1 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,655,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marian Keyes begins Watermelon with a rather inauspicious romantic opening when the heroine's husband leaves her for Denise from the flat downstairs the day their first child is born. Claire, the deserted wife and mother, returns to her family in Dublin and, after going through the required stages of "Loss, Loneliness, Hopelessness and Humiliation", begins to feel much better--so much better that when James tries to win his way back into her affections, he gets more than he bargained for.

The author's style is too blunt and her setting too suburban (with its all-too-human heroine struggling to keep her sanity, tend to her new-born baby, fight it out with siblings and begin to love again) to be a traditional romance, but there is enough chemistry and mystery to keep you guessing in the lip-smacking Watermelon--a dish that may not fill you up but will certainly give you a taster of Marian Keyes' work, of which there is much to sample, including Lucy Sullivan is getting Married, Rachel's Holiday and Last Chance Saloon. --Nicola Perry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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** Wonderfully witty, Watermelon is the first novel in the Walsh sister's series by bestselling author Marian Keyes **

'Failed relationships can be described 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.

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Keyes gives popular fiction a good name (Independent on Sunday)

Full of twists and turns, with warmth and humour on every page, it doesn't disappoint (Closer)

A smart new drama from the awesome Marian Keyes (Heat)

Not only is it a great story with funny, loveable characters, it made me laugh out loud (Stylist)

Keyes manages to have you alternately blubbing and belly-laughing to the final page (Company)

One of those rare books that will swallow up your day without realising it. Romantic and uplifting it won't fail to put a smile on your face. Marian Keyes is back to her best (The Daily Express)

A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating wit (The Sunday Mirror) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

This was a recommendation from a friend and I have not read any of Marian Keyes's other books, so I cannot compare it to her other work; all I can say is what I thought of this particular one.

If I'm honest, when I read the first few chapters I had mixed feelings. Marian has written this book in first person, which is great, but the way she addresses the reader so often is very strange. But in a good way, I might add.
It is just something new to get used to, and it makes her writing style very unique. (Well, I haven't come across another book as yet that talks so much to you, the reader, so personally.) It is as if you are in a room with Claire Webster, having a nice girly chat with her about everything. As I said, it took me a couple of chapters to get used to this style of writing but once I had, I loved it. It really makes you connect with the character.

So, about the story itself. Well, It's about a young woman called Claire Webster and the book opens with her giving birth to her first child with husband James. But it all goes downhill from there for poor Claire. James then leaves after admitting to an affair and leaves Claire to deal with the fact that she now has a newborn baby to look after and no husband. She returns home to Ireland to stay with her family and grieve over her loss. Everyone rallies around and we meet most of her family; Mum, Dad, and two of her sisters Helen and Anna. Time goes on and she begins to come through the ordeal when a guy comes along to throw her emotions into turmoil. I wont spoil it by saying what happens but at some point James returns but he isn't as apologetic as maybe he should be.
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loved it very funny
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Fast perfect thanks
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this is an amazingly funny book! really is great, if your in any doubt buy it!! its worth it, it was the first marian keyes book and bought, and ive read is twice and its still great! you cant put it down you can really relate to poor old claire, and you really want to help her in her hour of need!! really is brilliant, go and buy!
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It has been such a long time since I have read the early books of Marian Keyes, so whilst I know I love them, I can't remember any specifics about them (other than the fabulous Walsh family, in some of them). I realised this when I recently read The Mystery of Mercy Close and recognised the Walsh family names but couldn't place what they were like in their own books.

I adored Watermelon. Claire has the most awful thing happen to her when her husband leaves her on the same day as she gives birth to her baby girl, and she returns to Ireland to her Mammy. What follows is Claire's grief and utter meltdown and yet, you will find yourself laughing out loud at this book. It has been a while since I physically laughed out loud at a book, but Marian Keyes manages to produce such wonderful one-liners and she makes it look absolutely effortless.

You get a real feel for each of the characters right from the very outset; they are all so well-defined and there is not any question in the reader's mind as to who they are and what they stand for. I loved the interactions between each of the members of the Walsh family.

Whilst this book is now nearly 20 years old (!!!!), it is still absolutely fabulous, and for a debut book, it is exceptionally good. There isn't a single thing I don't like about it. It is funny, engaging, romantic with a dollop of justice thrown in. The extra fabulous thing is that you get to keep tabs on the family members as you follow on with Marian Keyes books as a number of them feature the Walsh family. I think this is the sort of book you could read over and over again.
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Good book
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The joy of Marian Keyes is that she can make you belly-laugh and leak tears on the same page. No, not everyone is like Claire, but everyone has experienced some of the things she has to deal with, and the whole idea of this book is to go with her as she grows up and changes to become a different person; whilst we have a good time of it reading about her and the rest of the Walshes. Who are, incidentally, real, human, funny and awful caricatures at the same time! No, its not cutting edge fashionable literature, but it is imaginitive storytelling how it should be.
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By L. Sears TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2015
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A charming piece of witty 'chick lit' about a looking for a happy ever after when your world falls apart; with a heavy Irish influence from the Irish author. Slightly too indulgent in places as the first person narration goes off on tangent after tangent and follows thoughts out over pages rather than paragraphs; this book could probably be reduced by 25% if the main character just stuck to the point. And it's this that lets the story down, often leading me to skip pages until the plot resumed its proper course.
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