One of my favourite contemporary writers is Marian Keyes and I adore the ‘Walsh Family’ books!
The first one I ever read was “Angel” and I was hooked for life!
Angels (Release Date: January 2002)
Maggie has always been the white sheep of the Walsh family.Unlike her comically dysfunctional sisters,Rachel(heroine of Rachel’s Holiday) and Claire (heroine of Watermelon), she married a decent man who adored her and found herself a solid career. Where Rachel was reckless and Claire dramatic, Maggie settled early for safety. Or so she believed until she discovers that her husband is having an affair and her boss is going to fire her. Suddenly, her perfectly organized life has become a perfect mess.
Devastated, she decides the only thing to do is to run for the shelter of her best friend, Emily, who lives in Los Angeles. There, with the help of sunshine and long days at the beach, she will lick her wounds and decide where life will take her next.But from the moment she lands in the City of Angels, things are not quite what she expected. Overnight, she’s mixing with movie stars,even pitching film scripts to studios.Most unexpectedly of all,she finds that just because her marriage is over,it doesn’t mean her life is. In the end neither the City of Angels nor Maggie Walsh will ever be the same again.
About 10 years ago, I stumbled across this book at my local library. At the time, my library was literally a 2 minute walk from my house which was AMAZING and I miss that so much. But I digress lol. Anyway, I found “Angels” which is book #3 btw, and I fell in love with the Walsh Family an all their dysfunctional glory. I also fell in love with the authors writing style, comedic timing, and her insight into the family dynamic. Particularly one that comes with all kinds of issues (whose family doesn’t?). I have always had a fondness for English and Irish writers and Keyes is the perfect example of why.
Keeping in mind that this book is about a devastated woman whose marriage is in tatters, “Angels” is still funny as hell, clever, evocative, and the characters are larger than life. I laughed, I cried, and then I laughed some more. When it was over, I went back to the library to track down the first 2 books in the series and when my branch didn’t have it, I rushed to the book store! I just couldn’t get enough.
I am now a lifer. I have devoured everything by Keyes and proudly display a beautiful collection on my shelves. If you have never read this book or anything else by Marian Keys then you get yourself to the library, bookstore, real or online and start with book 1 in The Walsh Family series. It’s called Watermelon and it’s fabulous!
Have a wonderful day!