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Betty Weissmann has just been dumped by her husband of forty-eight years. Exiled from her elegant New York apartment by her husband's mistress, she and her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, regroup in a run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. In Schine's playful and devoted homage to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, the impulsive sister is Miranda, a literary agent entangled in a series of scandals, and the more pragmatic sister is Annie, a library director, who feels compelled to move in and watch over her capricious mother and sister. Schine's witty, wonderful novel "is simply full of pleasure: the pleasure of reading, the pleasure of Austen, and the pleasure that the characters so rightly and humorously pursue….An absolute triumph" (The Cleveland Plain Dealer).
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But because "Sense and Sensibility" seems more a final stop for Ms. Schine than a jumping-off point, "The Three Weissmanns of Westport" is never sufficiently compelling on its own terms and never succeeds at being more than a mildly diverting curiosity.Read Full Review of The Three Weissmanns of Westp... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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