Green Giants : Irish Author Spotlight – No 2

May 15, 2013 Book review, Green Giants 0 ★★★★★

Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, there is a great and exciting mix of books to choose from, hopefully you will find something new to try.

Marian Keyes is one of my favourite Irish authors.  Her books are classified as chick-lits but they are so much more than that.  I think because she is so funny and writes with such wit that you tend to forget what serious issues are sandwiched in between the laughs.  If you never read chick-lit, Marian Keyes books are ones where I think you should forget about genres and just give it a chance.

Rachel’s Holiday is a classic example.  It’s not about Rachel going on a holiday!  It’s about Rachel spending a little time in an Irish drying-out clinic at the insistence of her parents.  Rachel doesn’t mind too much, she thinks it will be like a little spa holiday and she might even drop a few pounds too but she wasn’t bargaining for the harsh realities ahead of her.

At the start of the book, we are in denial as to the extent of her drug addiction problems and just think her family are being ott.  Then gradually as it dawns on Rachel just how far she has fallen, our eyes are opened too and her addiction is exposed in all its ugliness.  Marian Keyes has described her own battle with alcoholism and you just know she is drawing on her own experiences here.  The clinic and group therapy classes have a ring of truth about them and for all the hilarity there are lines that dart straight to your heart and make you think about your own addictions.

It’s not a depressing book though.  Far from it, it’s one of the funniest books I own.  It’s one of those don’t-read-in-public-books as there is no way to keep the laughs in.  Marian has a way of writing about the normal, everyday stuff that we all do but showing the absurd in it. Her phrasing is chatty, fun and cracks me up.  When I need a good belly laugh, these are the books I turn to.

I have also found that her books have stood the test of time.  I read my first one in the late 90’s but I often pluck one from the shelf for a reread.  They are great books to settle down with for a bookish reunion with characters I love.

“They say the path of true love never runs smooth. Well, Luke and my true love’s path didn’t run at all, it limped along in new boots that were chafing its heels. Blistered and cut, red and raw, every hopping, lopsided step, a little slice of agony.”

There are 5 books about the 5 dysfunctional but lovable Walsh sisters.  I can’t recommend them highly enough with Rachel’s holiday at the very top of my list.

Bookish Chat : Have you read any of Marian’s books, do you intend to?  Does the chick-lit classifaction put you off?


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