Marian Keyes is by far my favorite chick-lit author. Although she is an Irish author, her books carry themes that are applicable to women of locations. Watermelon is the first of four books that chronical the lives of the Walsh sisters, a group of five very different women who all share a common love for one another.
In this book, we meet Claire, the eldest of the girls. When Claire gives birth to her first child, she thinks that her life is the fairy-tale she’s always dreamed of. Until her husband, James, tells her he wants a divorce. Before she’s even left the maternity ward.
Abandoned new-mother Claire and her fatherless daughter are forced to move back to Dublin, and back in with her not-so-peaceful family. She falls into a deep depression, and her family tiptoes around the issue of James as if on eggshells. Claire struggles to get back to the normal way of life, with a little help from Momma Walsh and her younger sisters, Helen and Anna (who later stars in her own novel.) The Walsh women provide Claire with shoulders to cry on, and eventually a lot of tough love, until she renews her life for the sake of her daughter, and her sanity.
Marian Keyes handles the serious issues of life and love that Claire encounters with a sensitive, yet often comical touch. The squabbles and triumphs of the Walsh women resemble so closely those of an everyday family, and will leave you wanting to read up on the next Walsh sister’s own story.
I highly reccommend all of Marian Keyes’ books for those of you looking for a feminine book with a little more substance. All of her books are great, but if you’d like to read the Walsh sister’s tales, begin with Watermelon first, as to not spoil the plots of the others.
*Note: The link on the picture takes you to Marian Keyes’ official Ireland based website. To see the U.S. versions of her book covers, go to http://www.mariankeyesbooks.com.