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The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
  

The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Romantic Fiction   Family Drama   Literary Fiction   eBook Favourites   

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This is a sparkling, and stinging, contemporary adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Two sisters, Miranda, an impulsive but successful literary agent, and Annie, a pragmatic library director, quite unexpectedly find themselves in middle age leaving New York for Connecticut to be the dutiful daughters to their recently divorced elderly mother. As the sisters mingle with the suburban aristocracy, love starts to blossom for both of them, and they find themselves struggling with the dueling demands of reason and romance.

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The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

When Joseph Weissmann divorced his wife, he was seventy eight years old and she was seventy-five...He said the words 'Irreconcilable differences,' and saw real confusion in his wife's eyes. 'Irreconcilable differences?' she said. 'Of course there are irreconcilable differences. What on earth does that have to do with divorce?' So begins The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Dumped by her husband of nearly fifty years and then exiled from their elegant New York apartment by his mistress, Betty is forced to move to a small, run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. Joining her are her daughters.

Reviews

A sparklingly funny and tender story wrapped around the frame of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. * Sainsbury's Magazine * At last, a Jane Austen spin-off that avoids the trappings of chick-lit. * The Times * The Sunday Times Must Reads: Sense and Sensibility is given a modern and beguiling twist. * The Sunday Times (Culture) * A cheeky, intelligent read. * Star Magazine * A funny, touching novel. * Books Quarterly * Schine is a wonderfully warm writer and the book is a delight. * Mail on Sunday * Charming. * Image Magazine * A deliciously comforting read. * Easy Living * Likeable and intelligent. * The Sunday Times (Culture) * Schine tells the story with such tenderness and wit. * Buzz magazine * This witty, wistful novel explores what happens when a long-standing marriage falls apart. * Marie Claire * No Cathleen Schine book is without wit and sharply observed moments. * The Wall Street Journal * Swap genteel nineteenth-century England for upscale contemporary Connecticut, add two sisters-one impulsive, one practical-and stir with lively doses of romance, domestic discord, sudden setbacks, and sublime surprises, and you get Cathleen Schine's homage to Jane Austen. * Elle * Schine has been favored in so many ways by the muse of comedy . . . The Three Weissmanns of Westport is full of invention, wit, and wisdom. * New York Review of Books * Witty, lively, lovely * Bookseller * Schine's real wit playfully probes the lies, self-deceptions, and honorable hearts of her characters. * New Yorker * Entirely delightful. * Daily Mail * And off races the sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious and deeply affecting new novel by Cathleen Schine, her best yet, The Three Weissmanns of Westport . . . Schine's homage [to Jane Austen] has it all: stinging social satire, mordant wit, delicate charm, lilting language and cosseting materialistic detail * New York Times Book Review * Schine's book offers much to enjoy: elegant prose, pin-sharp humour, and an ending that proves satisfyingly bittersweet. * The Guardian * Like Jane Austen's original this sparkly, highly readable re-framing has interiors, wicked stepmothers, lashings of escapism and a heartfelt portrait of sisterhood, daughterhood and motherhood that will strike a chord with women everywhere. * The Times * A deliberate homage to Jane Austen succeeds in being intelligent and beguiling. * Sunday Times *


About the Author

Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine is the author of the internationally best-selling novels The Love Letter (1995), which was made into a movie starring Kate Capshaw, and Rameau’s Niece (1993), which was also made into a movie (The Misadventures of Margaret), starring Parker Posey. Schine’s other novels are Alice in Bed (1983), To the Bird House (1990), The Evolution of Jane (1999), She is Me (2003), The New Yorkers (2006) and, most recently, The Three Weissmanns of Westport (2010). In addition to novels she has written articles for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications.

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Book Info

Publication date

23rd June 2011

Author

Cathleen Schine

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Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Romantic Fiction
Family Drama
Literary Fiction
eBook Favourites

Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

ISBN

9781849016063

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