I’ve just finished reading Marian Keyes’ novel ‘The Break’. Most peeps who like to write like to read. And I am no exception. It’s always a bit of fun to investigate the Tarot of everyday life. So let’s dive deep into the Tarot of ‘The Break’. No spoilers, I promise.
The protagonist of this story is Amy, a fortysomething Irish woman who has 3 kids in a blended family with her husband of 17 years. She works full-time in a struggling PR biz.
Queen of Wands: A woman of many talents
Her husband Hugh, who has been suffering depression for awhile, decides to take a 6 month break from their marriage and heads off to South-East Asia for fun times, as you do.
Eight of Cups: Searching for a better life
This naturally leaves Amy heart-broken, particularly as twenty years earlier her first husband walked out on her after they had a baby.
Three of Swords: Emotional pain, often related to earlier trauma
Amy is surrounded and supported by a large family.
Ten of Cups: A loving family
They all have their own issues going on.
Her dad has Alzeihmers. He likes to watch murder shows and yell a lot, often getting people and facts completely wrong.
Six of Cups Reversed: Living in an alternate reality.
Her mum starts to behave in ways she never has before.
The Fool: Being unpredictable
Her eldest sister Maura, who had to raise her four younger siblings due to their mother’s frequent hospitalisations during childhood, is a control freak.
Four of Pentacles Reversed: Unable to let go
Her other sister Derry is a serial monogamist, who has been known to break up with men for pronouncing words incorrectly.
The Fool Reversed: The commitment-phobe.
Amy’s eldest daughter Neeve, from her first marriage, is trying to make her YouTube channel go viral.
Eight of Pentacles: Plugging away
Eight of Wands: Achieving your goals
Amy’s teenage daughter with Hugh, Kiara, wants to make the world a better place.
Page of Cups: The dreamer
Their adopted foster daughter, Sofie, is trying to reconnect with her heartless mother, without much success.
Five of Cups Reversed: Refusal to acknowledge what’s lost
I could go on. But you get the drift. It’s a big beautiful story about the kinds of issues we face in everyday life.
Five of Wands: Everyday struggles
It’s also funny.
The Fool: Having a laugh
Basically, it’s good craic!
Have you read it? What did you think?