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Publisher Comments:

From Anna Quindlen, acclaimed author of Blessings, Black and Blue, and One True Thing, a superb novel about two sisters, the true meaning of success, and the qualities in life that matter most.

It's an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice’s perfect life hits a wall. A household name as the host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break – but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike.

In an instant, it's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, who is unaccustomed to dealing with adversity, but also for her younger sister, Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow. The effect of Meghan's on-air truth telling reverberates through both their lives, affecting Meghan's son, husband, friends, and fans, as well as Bridget's perception of her sister, their complex childhood, and herself. What follows is a story about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice women adapt, survive, and manage to bring the whole teeming world of New York to heel by dint of their smart mouths, quick wits, and the powerful connection between them that even the worst tragedy cannot shatter.

Review:

"Bridget Fitzmaurice, the narrator of Quindlen's engrossing fifth novel, works for a women's shelter in the Bronx; her older sister, Meghan, cohost of the popular morning show Rise and Shine, is the most famous woman on television. Bridget acts as a second mother to the busy Meghan's college student son, Leo; Meghan barely tolerates Bridget's significant other, a gritty veteran police detective named Irving Lefkowitz. After 9/11 (which happens off-camera) and the subsequent walking out of Meghan's beleaguered husband, Evan, Meghan calls a major politician a 'fucking asshole' before her microphone gets turned off for a commercial, and Megan and Bridget's lives change forever. As Bridget struggles to mend familial fences and deal with reconfigurations in their lives wrought by Meghan's single phrase, Quindlen has her lob plenty of pungent observations about both life in class-stratified New York City and about family dynamics. The situation is ripe with comic potential, which Bridget deadpans her way through, and Quindlen goes along with Bridget's cool reserve and judgmentalism. The plot is very imbalanced: a couple of events early, then virtually nothing until a series of major revelations in the last 50 or so pages. The prose is top-notch; readers may be more interested in Quindlen's insights than in the lives of her two main characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'Rise and Shine' is a literate and pleasing women's novel about two sisters: Meghan Fitzmaurice, beautiful beyond belief, happily married to Evan and mother of a preternaturally lovable teen-age son, Leo, who will loom large in the plot. Meghan is also the host of a national morning talk show, 'Rise and Shine.' Put plainly, she's a woman who has — or seems to have — it all. She's always seen from... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[T]his novel, Ms. Quindlen's fifth...stands on its own as a writerly achievement, her best so far." New York Times

Review:

"Quindlen...is at her best when she uses her reporter's skills in describing a New York moment, a restaurant scene, a party interlude, a ride on the subway, or an apartment collapse that sends desperate women begging for social services." Chicago Sun-Times

Synopsis:

Megan, host of the country's highest ranking talk show — before she uttered profanity on air — and her social worker sister Bridget share smart mouths, a fractured childhood, and a powerful connection that even the worst tragedy can't rupture.

About the Author

Anna Quindlen is an American journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, "Public and Private," won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375502248
Author:
Quindlen, Anna
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Women journalists
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
269
Dimensions:
9.44x6.42x1.07 in. 1.16 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bridget Fitzmaurice, the narrator of Quindlen's engrossing fifth novel, works for a women's shelter in the Bronx; her older sister, Meghan, cohost of the popular morning show Rise and Shine, is the most famous woman on television. Bridget acts as a second mother to the busy Meghan's college student son, Leo; Meghan barely tolerates Bridget's significant other, a gritty veteran police detective named Irving Lefkowitz. After 9/11 (which happens off-camera) and the subsequent walking out of Meghan's beleaguered husband, Evan, Meghan calls a major politician a 'fucking asshole' before her microphone gets turned off for a commercial, and Megan and Bridget's lives change forever. As Bridget struggles to mend familial fences and deal with reconfigurations in their lives wrought by Meghan's single phrase, Quindlen has her lob plenty of pungent observations about both life in class-stratified New York City and about family dynamics. The situation is ripe with comic potential, which Bridget deadpans her way through, and Quindlen goes along with Bridget's cool reserve and judgmentalism. The plot is very imbalanced: a couple of events early, then virtually nothing until a series of major revelations in the last 50 or so pages. The prose is top-notch; readers may be more interested in Quindlen's insights than in the lives of her two main characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[T]his novel, Ms. Quindlen's fifth...stands on its own as a writerly achievement, her best so far."
"Review" by , "Quindlen...is at her best when she uses her reporter's skills in describing a New York moment, a restaurant scene, a party interlude, a ride on the subway, or an apartment collapse that sends desperate women begging for social services."
"Synopsis" by , Megan, host of the country's highest ranking talk show — before she uttered profanity on air — and her social worker sister Bridget share smart mouths, a fractured childhood, and a powerful connection that even the worst tragedy can't rupture.
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