Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 9 Critic Reviews



From Anna Quindlen, acclaimed author of Blessings, Black and Blue, and One True Thing, a superb novel about two sisters, the true meaning of success, and the qualities in life that matter most.

It’s an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice’s perfect life hits a wall. A household name as the host of Rise and Shine, the country’s highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break–but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike.

In an instant, it’s the end of an era, not only for Meghan, who is unaccustomed to dealing with adversity, but also for her younger sister, Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan’s long shadow. The effect of Meghan’s on-air truth telling reverberates through both their lives, affecting Meghan’s son, husband, friends, and fans, as well as Bridget’s perception of her sister, their complex childhood, and herself. What follows is a story about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice women adapt, survive, and manage to bring the whole teeming world of New York to heel by dint of their smart mouths, quick wits, and the powerful connection between them that even the worst tragedy cannot shatter.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Anna Quindlen

See more books from this Author
ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of three bestselling novels, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Her New York Times column “Public & Private” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of those columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of her “Life in the 30’s”columns, Living Out Loud; a book for the Library of Contemporary Thought, How Reading Changed My Life; the bestselling A Short Guide to a Happy Life; and two children’s books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. She is currently a columnist for Newsweek and lives with her husband and children in New York City.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published October 24, 2006 by Random House. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Rise and Shine

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

From her place in the throng, Bridget watches her sister’s entrance: “She never really has to move at all, never has to thread her way like I do through the waiters’ trays and the glasses held high and the eyes wandering away to someone more interesting or important.

Sep 10 2006 | Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

In Anna Quindlen’s “Rise and Shine,” the most famous women on television falls prey to career death by illicit utterance while an American culture distorted by the television screen comes into focus.

Aug 26 2006 | Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

After 9/11 (which happens off-camera) and the subsequent walking out of Meghan's beleaguered husband, Evan, Meghan calls a major politician a "fucking asshole" before her microphone gets turned off for a commercial, and Megan and Bridget's lives change forever.

Jun 26 2006 | Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel

Book Reporter

Bridget has always looked up to her older sister, Meghan.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

Anna Quindlen's fiction has taken on heavy topics (e.g., domestic abuse in Black and Blue), but Rise and Shine tackles lighter issues like family dynamics and self-discovery.

Aug 23 2006 | Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel

Deseret News

Because Katie Couric recently left NBC's "Today Show" to anchor the CBS Evening News, Anna Quindlen's novel "Rise and Shine" seems surprisingly current — but the author denies that her character, Meghan Fitzmaurice, was inspired by Couric.

Sep 17 2006 | Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel

About.com Bestsellers

A confusing narrative and excessive commentary on socialite culture in New York City made Rise and Shine only a slightly enjoyable read.ProsRise and Shine examines life & relationships through a somewhat interesting storyRise and Shine gains momentum toward the end of the novelConsRise and Shine ...

| Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel


Quindlen's fifth novel is the engaging but uneven story of two New York sisters.

Sep 11 2006 | Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel

Bookmarks Magazine

Some critics say Meghan’s arc in the novel is too dramatic, the contrasts between the gritty Bronx and sparkly Manhattan are overly sharp, and class distinctions are sometimes glossed over.

Aug 22 2007 | Read Full Review of Rise and Shine: A Novel

Reader Rating for Rise and Shine

An aggregated and normalized score based on 192 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review