- 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)
Watermelon Hardcover – 16 Oct 1997
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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.
** 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.(from the publisher's description)
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. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book, have it in paperback, BUT trying to put all my favourites on kindle and this isnt available on kindle.Published 1 month ago by M
I've read at least seven of Marian Keyes's other novels; I love her writing! I understand that Watermelon was her first novel, and it shows. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Dickerson
Bought as a gift but proven to be a great read. Marian Keynes never fails to impressPublished 4 months ago by Mr J Madine
It wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be. I may still buy the 2nd book in the Walsh family series to see if it is better.Published 5 months ago by jane grace
Very disappointed not by the content but the cover displayed is not the cover i recieved so did not match the continuing books in the seris.Published 5 months ago by Miss A. March
First book to read of Keyes. I don't tend to read much romance or 'chick lit'. However, I loved this, it is a very Irish tone of voice - and whilst other reviewers have said there... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lily Lit
Used very good. I would have said it was adequate at best. It's a little dirty on back and front and a little creased and tired. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vonster
I'll never grow tired of Marian's wit and insight into human frailties. Once you've come to the end of one of her books, you're inevitably going to try tracking down another one... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fenella