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Watermelon by Marian Keyes

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Pat Covley:

Poor Claire Webster – just when she should be on the top of the world, her husband dumps her.  He chooses to do this on the very day when Claire gives birth to their first child.  To add insult to injury, she discovers that James is leaving her for an older woman.  Claire decides to leave London and return to her family in Dublin.  There she lives with her parents and sisters.  Her family, though quirky, helps sustain her while she regains her confidence.

Written in a breezy, conversational style, Watermelon is both funny and poignant.   Keyes is at her best when describing the Claire’s inner turmoil.  Her interior dialogue has a dark humor that makes the reader root for Claire to emerge from depression and resume her life.  The humor helps the reader overcome the fact that Claire at times seems to be more than a bit whiny.  Her description of her family sometimes makes them seem more like caricatures than well-fleshed-out human beings.  Despite these flaws, Watermelon is definitely a good read.

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