This is a review of “Watermelon” by Marian Keyes. It is the first novel in The Walsh Sisters Series.

Claire has just had a baby. A beautiful baby girl. And her husband James has left her. Yep. Left her. At the hospital. On the day their child was born. For another woman. A less attractive woman! With three kids of her own. Wtf?!

Claire has no choice but to fly back to her family in Dublin. Her mother who doesn’t cook, her father who loves watching telly and her two younger sisters (the other two have moved out) Anna, the airhead and Helen the hellcat. She takes her baby girl and baby items with her.

What is Claire to do now? With a baby on her own? And a body that still resembles a Watermelon? And no self-esteem to speak of?

Her days pass in a never ending blur of saggy high-necked nightgowns, feeding times, nappy changes, tears, anger and loneliness. Will she ever feel ok again?

After some time, and with the help of someone rather special, Claire begins to feel better.

And then James pops back up. Will they sort things out? Or has this ordeal changed Claire irrevocably?

A funny, heart-wrenching, and quite realistic novel.


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