Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine
A Novel

67%

6 Critic Reviews

...Fin & Lady suffers from the strain of attempting to blend two distinct, generally incompatible narrative modes — effervescent comedy-of-manners and heavy sentiment — into one big happy family of a book.
-NPR

Synopsis

From the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, a wise, clever story of New York in the '60s

It's 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn't seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging '60s. He soon learns that Lady-giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free-is as much his responsibility as he is hers.
So begins Fin & Lady, the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the '60s, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War-Lady pursued by ardent, dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself.
From a writer The New York Times has praised as "sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting," Fin & Lady is a comic, romantic love story: the story of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.

 

About Cathleen Schine

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Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Sarah Crichton Books. 289 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Fin & Lady
All: 6 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 3

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Christopher Benfey on Jul 26 2013

There are few surprises in Schine’s rendition of Greenwich Village 50 years ago, with its Nehru jackets and desert boots, pillows on the floor and rugs on the walls, the reefer and the rock ’n’ roll.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Jul 04 2013

...Fin & Lady suffers from the strain of attempting to blend two distinct, generally incompatible narrative modes — effervescent comedy-of-manners and heavy sentiment — into one big happy family of a book.

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Kirkus

Above average
on May 15 2013

Schine offers up a bittersweet lemon soufflé of family love and romantic passion.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Erica Wagner on Dec 13 2013

At first this seems like a slight novel, a diversion. But as the Sixties swing on, Fin gets older, more questioning; the Vietnam war casts its shadow over all and Lady’s shining surface begins to show real cracks. The end is shocking, but beautifully planned and paced. Fin & Lady is a little gem.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Norman Powers on Jul 07 2013

The revelation of this ghostly narrator’s identity doesn’t add much to the story’s conclusion, blurring our friendship with Fin and removing us even further from Lady, the whirling, consuming center of Ms. Schine’s story.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Ellen Akins on Jul 14 2013

when we finally meet this mostly self-effacing narrator, the compulsion behind the storytelling becomes clear, and the enchantment comes full circle.

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