Gossip by Beth Gutcheon
A Novel

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Overall I think that Gossip was an intriguing Adult novel that at times seemed like a young adult novel since it starts with the characters at boarding school, and then of course again when some children are born.
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Synopsis

“A gifted storyteller...her characters are intelligent, brave, and witty...human and real.”
—Susan Isaacs, New York Times Book Review

The critically acclaimed author of Good-bye and Amen, Leeway Cottage, and More Than You Know, Beth Gutcheon returns with Gossip, a sharply perceptive and emotionally resonant novel about the power of knowing things about others, the consequences of rumor, and the unexpected price of friendship. A story set among the rich, famous, and well-dressed of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Gossip is a bravura display of this exceptional author’s breathtaking talents, addressing important themes of motherhood, friendship, and fidelity. Every reader who admires the strong, character-driven women’s fiction of Sue Miller, Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Berg, and Kaye Gibbons should lend an ear to Beth Gutcheon’s Gossip.

 

About Beth Gutcheon

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Beth Gutcheon is the critically acclaimed author of eight previous novels: The New Girls, Still Missing, Domestic Pleasures, Saying Grace, Five Fortunes, More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage and Good-bye and Amen. She is the writer of several film scripts, including the Academy Award nominee The Children of Theatre Street. She lives in New York City.
 
Published March 20, 2012 by William Morrow. 293 pages
Genres: Romance, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

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Excellent
Reviewed by Jana Siciliano on Apr 19 2012

With an explosive ending you won’t see coming, GOSSIP captures so much about what it means to be a contemporary woman, albeit one with means.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Knight

Although that title might lead the reader to believe that this is a light-hearted story in the chick-lit genre, Beth Gutcheon has created a devastating tale of how careless talk, envy and jealousy can destroy friendships and sometimes lives.

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Good
Reviewed by Kathy on Mar 20 2012

Gossip is an engaging story that is quite compelling.

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Write Meg

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Mar 30 2012

The explosive ending shocked and astounded me, and no sooner had I finished than I wanted to start it all over again.

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Take Me Away

Good
Reviewed by Jennie on Mar 20 2012

I would recommend for those interested in human nature, the life of the semi-famous and well-to-do, and of life in NYC.

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Reads 4 Pleasure

Below average
Reviewed by Reads4Pleasure

The friendships seemed so unlikely and they lacked a common thread.

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Bombarded with Books

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 16 2012

Overall I think that Gossip was an intriguing Adult novel that at times seemed like a young adult novel since it starts with the characters at boarding school, and then of course again when some children are born.

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A Busy Mom of Two

Good
Reviewed by Busy Mom on Apr 19 2012

Because the book is focused on the development of the characters, it was a good book but not what I would call a page turner.

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Suite 101

Good
Reviewed by Suzanne Pitner on Mar 20 2012

Like Ms. Gutcheon’s past award winning books, Gossip delivers an intriguing and complex story.

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