Synopses & Reviews
A trio of New Yorkers leading charmed lives must overcome everyday complications in order to move forward in Rowley’s sophomore outing (after Life After Yes). Ornithologist Clio Marsh has her dream job at the Museum of Natural History and the love of the winning much older hotel magnate Henry Kildare who’s ready to commit. But Clio’s having reservations about the relationship: she’s never been up front with Henry about her mother’s bipolar disorder and suicide and she’s constantly worried that her mother’s demons may eventually catch her as well. Meanwhile Clio’s best friend and longtime roommate Smith Anderson is trying to keep it together while Smith’s younger sister’s impending marriage provides constant reminders of Smith’s own broken engagement. A chance reconnection with an old college acquaintance of Smith Tate Pennington is a temporary respite from Smith’s heartbreak but Tate a newly single Internet mogul who’s just sold his company to Twitter feels unmoored with no job too much money and the sudden dissolution of his marriage. Propelled by the kinds of rote sitcom style misunderstandings that seem like they could be more easily resolved this tale is light on plot but Rowley’s Manhattan provides a vivid and charming setting for her nuanced (if not always sympathetic) characters to evolve. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."