In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

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Weiner laces the stories with her trademark wit, sarcasm and real world insight. When the shoe is on the other foot, Weiner is at her best.
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Meet Rose Feller. She's thirty years old and a high-powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She has an exercise regime she's going to start next week, and she dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her that she's beautiful. She also dreams of getting her fantastically screwed-up little sister to get her life together.
Meet Rose's sister, Maggie. Twenty-eight years old, drop-dead gorgeous and only occasionally employed, Maggie sings backup in a band called Whiskered Biscuit. Although her dreams of big-screen stardom haven't progressed past her left hip's appearance in a Will Smith video, Maggie dreams of fame and fortune -- and of getting her dowdy big sister to stick to a skin-care regime.
These two women with nothing in common but a childhood tragedy, shared DNA, and the same size feet, are about to learn that their family is more different than they ever imagined, and that they're more alike than they'd ever believe. In Her Shoes -- Jennifer Weiner's follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut, Good in Bed -- observes Rose and Maggie, the brain and the beauty, as they make journeys of discovery that take them from the streets of Philadelphia to Ivy League libraries to a "retirement community for active seniors" in Boca Raton. Along the way, they'll encounter a wild cast of characters -- from a stepmother who's into recreational Botox to a small, disdainful pug with no name. They'll borrow shoes and clothes and boyfriends, and make peace with their most intimate enemies -- each other.
Funny and poignant, richly detailed and wrenchingly real, In Her Shoes will speak to anyone who has endured the bonds of big -- or little -- sisterhood, or longed for a life different from the one the world has dictated, and dreamed of trying something else on for size.

About Jennifer Weiner

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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and The Next Best Thing. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at
Published August 30, 2005 by Atria Books. 560 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010

Owing as much to Sula as to Susan Isaacs, Weiner’s follow-up lacks some of the bite of her first novel...

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Reviewed by Elaine Showalter on Dec 28 2008

But ultimately, Weiner's determination to provide fairytale endings for her heroines means that this novel too will conclude with both Rose and Maggie prospering in love and work.

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Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara on Jan 22 2011

Weiner laces the stories with her trademark wit, sarcasm and real world insight. When the shoe is on the other foot, Weiner is at her best.

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Reviewed by Clarissa Cruz on Sep 27 2008

The tale may not be complicated, and the sisters don't quite reach the fabulousness of Cannie (the heroine of the author's best-selling debut, Good in Bed), but Weiner hasn't lost a bit of her knack for page-turning soap operatics.

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