Cathy from Olympia, Washington, June 9, 2010 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
A modern twist on Sense and Sensibility complete with infidelity, divorce, soap operas and sex. Austen's main characters all make appearances-- including several greedy, grasping, conniving women out to win wealthy husbands and leaving heartbreak in their wake. Oh, and guess which Sense and Sensibility character library director Annie is?! ;-) Over all, very good, though not, perhaps a book for Austen purists.
Bookwomyn, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
I love this book! Divorce amongst the elderly ... family issues, problem adult 'children' - wicked 'other woman' ... what's not to love? As reviewers have mentioned it is akin to Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" - but in the 21st century. It's a great book! It's a follow up to "The New Yorkers" which was very good also.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A geriatric stepfather falls in love with a scheming woman half his age in Schine's Sense and Sensibility — flecked and compulsively readable follow-up to The New Yorkers. Betty Weissman is 75 when Joseph, her husband of nearly 50 years, announces he's divorcing her. Soon, Betty moves out of their grand Central Park West apartment and Joseph's conniving girlfriend, Felicity, moves in. Betty lands in a rundown Westport, Conn., beach cottage, but things quickly get more complicated when Betty's daughters run into their own problems. Literary agent Miranda is sued into bankruptcy after it's revealed that some of her authors made up their lurid memoirs, and Annie, drowning in debt, can no longer afford her apartment. Once they relocate to Westport, both girls fall in love — Annie rather awkwardly with the brother of her stepfather's paramour, and Miranda with a younger actor who has a young son. An Austen-esque mischief hovers over these romantic relationships as the three women figure out how to survive and thrive. It's a smart crowd pleaser with lovably flawed leads and the best tearjerker finale you're likely to read this year." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A New York Times Best Seller
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Betty Weissmann has just been dumped by her husband of forty-eight years. Exiled from her elegant New York apartment by her husbands mistress, she and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, regroup in a run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. In Schines playful and devoted homage to Jane Austens Sense and Sensibility, the impulsive sister is Miranda, a literary agent entangled in a series of scandals, and the more pragmatic sister is Annie, a library director, who feels compelled to move in and watch over her capricious mother and sister. Schines witty, wonderful novel “is simply full of pleasure: the pleasure of reading, the pleasure of Austen, and the pleasure that the characters so rightly and humorously pursue….An absolute triumph” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer).
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