Walking around Dublin, I've been enjoying visits to many thriving book stores, each with its own distinct character. Browsing the current fiction aisles within each shop, one contemporary author in particular is displayed quite prominently. It is none other than Irish-born Marian Keyes, who, since the 1995 publication of Watermelon, her first novel and the start of her Walsh family series, has become an international bestselling author.
Keyes takes on contemporary themes in her series and stand alone novels, and is beloved for both her humor and compassionate handling of serious topics. I find the titles alone intriguing: Sushi for Beginners, Last Chance Saloon, This Charming Man, The Other Side of the Story, The Brightest Star in the Sky... Many of these novels are available at the public library or can be purchased locally.
The Mystery of Mercy Close, the latest installment in the Walsh family series, and Saved by Cake, Keyes's autobiographical account of her recent battle with depression, are now available as well, having been published within the last few months.
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