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Fin and Lady by Cathleen Schine
  

Fin and Lady

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December 2013 Book of the Month.

This wonderfully poignant novel charts the story of Lady (a Holly Golightly free spirit of the 60s) through the astute eyes of her orphaned half brother Fin. Seen with the clarity of a child’s observations, we watch Lady in her quest for love, leaving a trail of broken hearts in her wake as she plays out her unconventional life in Greenwich Village and on the island of Capri. This is a heart-warming story of love, loss and the importance of family with a surprising, but successful narrative twist.

Click here to see The Three Weissmann's of Westport by the same author.

If you like Cathleen Schine you might also like to read books by Meg Wolitzer, Susan Elliot-Wright and Fannie Flagg.

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Fin and Lady by Cathleen Schine

Eleven-year-old Fin and his older half-sister, Lady, have just been orphaned. Fin has not seen his glamorous sister in six years, but she is now his legal guardian - and his only hope. Uprooted from his home on a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut, Fin joins Lady in her Greenwich Village apartment. With the Swinging Sixties swirling in kaleidoscope colour all around him, Fin soon learns that his free-living, free-loving sister is going to be as much his responsibility, as he is hers. Comic and romantic, joyous and moving, Fin & Lady is a spirited love story about a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional bond in increasingly troubled times.

Reviews

'A bittersweet elegy for Greenwich Village in the 1960s' ... Like comic writers before her from Shakespeare to Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh, [Schine] skillfully plays with the conventions and the reader's expectations ... wise and wistful'
New York Times

'Wonderfully funny ... Schine conveys the rapidly shifting mores of the '60s, as well as the slowly unfolding understanding of these appealingly vulnerable characters'
Washington Post

'Fin & Lady is an enchanting novel about enchanting things - the romance of youth, the intoxicating possibilities of freedom - though this feeling of magic arises from tragic roots'
San Francisco Chronicle

'Schine is a wonderful storyteller with a sensational ability to marry the comic with the bittersweet'
The Tribune Review

'The achingly lovely Fin & Lady is a time machine back to 1960s New York City - with side trips to the Italian island of Capri'
Seattle Times

'What if Holly Golightly had a trust fund instead of a 'candy store'? The gamine at the heart of Fin & Lady ... shares more than a few traits with Truman Capote's iconic heroine. Delightful ... charming'
Christian Science Monitor

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

21st November 2013

Author

Cathleen Schine

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Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781472111296

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