Watermelon

Marian Keyes, Author
Marian Keyes, Author William Morrow & Company $15.95 (419p) ISBN 978-0-380-97617-1
Reviewed on: 06/29/1998
Release date: 07/01/1998
Paperback - 608 pages - 978-1-85371-508-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 434 pages - 978-0-380-79609-0
Paperback - 417 pages - 978-0-06-009036-4
Ebook - 432 pages - 978-0-06-119407-8
Paperback - 520 pages - 978-0-09-948998-6
Open Ebook - 432 pages - 978-0-06-119401-6
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 432 pages - 978-0-06-119405-4
Ebook - 432 pages - 978-0-06-183304-5
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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. (June)
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