Synopses & Reviews
Everything's going right for Sandra Berlin. She's living in Manhattan, climbing the editorial ladder at an ultra-chic fashion magazine, and she's just gotten engaged to Bucky Ross, her high-school sweetheart. Bucky is a successful ad executive and a very well-connected WASP, and Sandra foresees a life of suburban bliss, complete with a Tudor mansion, beautiful children, and country-club membership. But Bucky is more connected than she could have imagined. The fact is, he's engaged to two other women. Rather than walking down the aisle, Sandra finds herself navigating New York's unforgiving single scene and trying to stay on course at the office. Her best friend, Paul, provides a steadying hand until his own problems threaten to overwhelm them both.
As Sandra tries to piece her life together, Alex Witchel creates a shrewd, dead-on portrait of contemporary urban life. Me Times Three is about discovering who you are, where you belong, and how love can surprise you in the most unexpected ways.
"With its razor-sharp dissections of love and aspiration, Me Times Three instructs as deftly as it entertains, making sure to hold out its innocence-ending lessons with a piquant note of hope. Witchel, to her credit, has managed to create a story that's as affecting as it is just plain fun." Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Times
"Witchel handles [her plot developments] with a depth and compassion which hint at capabilities beyond those demonstrated in this semi-bagatelle. Not that one wishes she would shoot for less style, but perhaps in her next novel she'll dare to encompass more substance." Sandy MacDonald, BookPage
"Alex Witchel is both a very smart and witty writer. Me Times Three is a fresh and insightful romantic novel with a great heart. Ms. Witchel, with her keen observation and irony, redefines the world of single career women in Manhattan and finds compassion, dignity, and great humor. This is a novel of elegant skill and comic depth." Wendy Wasserstein, author of Shiksa Goddess
"Thanks to Witchel's keen characterizations, Sandra, best friend Paul, and the other supporting characters come to life, and readers will feel their heartaches and triumphs." Library Journal
"Boasts an intelligent, snappy heroine, goofy supporting characters, sharp dialogue, and some genuinely touching moments." Entertainment Weekly
Sandra Berlin's got it all. She's living in Manhattan and climbing the editorial ladder at ultrachic fashion magazine Jolie!
and she's newly engaged to her high school sweetheart, Bucky Ross. Bucky's her knight in shining WASP armor: ad executive and descendant of Betsy Ross, with whom she'll live in suburban Tudor splendor and have beautiful children. At least that's the plan. Until Sandy meets Bucky's other fiancée. Who tells her about the third.
Sandy's heartbreak, betrayal, and the excruciating blind dates that follow paint a shrewd, comic, dead-on portrait of the suddenly single life and remind us that even when fantasy crashes head-on into hard reality, love can still surprise us in the most unexpected ways.
About the Author
Alex Witchel is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and also writes "Feed Me," a monthly column for the Times Dining section. The author of the novels The Spare Wife and Me Times Three, she lives in New York City with her husband, Frank Rich.