The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
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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.
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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).

 

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 February 15, 2010 by Sarah Crichton Books. 299 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Joanne Kaufman on Jan 30 2010

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.

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