Today’s featured book is one I’ve had on Pippa for a while. This will be my first time reading this author, Marian Keyes, and Watermelon sounds like a book that I will enjoy.
February the fifteenth is a very special day for me. It is the day I gave birth to my first child. It is also the day my husband left me. As he was present at the birth I can only assume the two events weren’t entirely unrelated.
I knew I should have followed my instincts.
I subscribed to the classical or, you might say, the traditional role fathers play in the birth of their children. Which goes as follows.
Lock them in a corridor outside the delivery room. Allow them admittance at no time. Give them forty cigarettes and a lighter. Instruct them to pace to the end of the corridor. When they reach this happy position, instruct them to turn around and return to whence they came.
Teaser: I felt at a great disadvantage. That I wasn’t doing myself justice.
To put it simply, I was not looking my best. As I say, a humiliating kind of a business. (p. 2).
Blurb: Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to their first baby, James informs her that he’s leaving her. Claire is left with a newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a postpartum body that she can hardly bear to look at.
She decides to go home to Dublin. And there, sheltered by the love of a quirky family, she gets better. So much so, in fact, that when James slithers back into her life, he’s in for a bit of a surprise.
What do you think? Would you keep reading? I am definitely curious about how events will unfold.