Author: Marian Keyes
When her husband, James, leaves her after she delivers her first child, Claire retires to her family in Dublin, where she slowly recovers from the experience, giving James a big surprise when he shows up again.
At twenty-nine, fun-loving, good-natured Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James visits her in the recovery room to inform her that he’s leaving her. And he hasn’t even had the decency to leave her for someone glamorous; just the frumpy woman who lives in the apartment downstairs…
Claire is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at in the mirror. Until quite recently especially when wearing a green maternity jumper that was the only thing left that fit her—she felt she bore an uncomfortable resemblance to a popular summer fruit.)
So, in the absence of any better offers, Claire decides to go home to her family in Dublin. To her gorgeous man-eating sister Helen, her soap-watching mother, her bewildered father. And there, sheltered by the love of an (albeit quirky) family, she gets better.
A lot better.
In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he’s in for a bit of a surprise.
In this very funny, very fresh, very wise novel, Marian Keyes delivers an unforgettable debut—and a heroine so irresistible that she feels like a new best friend.