So begins Cathleen Schine's novel
The Three Weissmanns of Westport.
In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, you'll remember that Mrs. Dashwood and daughters are left in virtual poverty after the death of Mr. Dashwood. In Ms. Schine's retelling it is divorce and another woman that send Betty Weissmann, heartbroken, to Cousin Lou's Connecticut cottage. Her two daughters, Annie, a sweet and practical librarian and Miranda, a near bankrupt literary agent given to diva-esque drama queen antics, move into the cottage with her, Miranda because she is flat broke and Annie, to oversee the whole she-bang and to pay the bills... and there the story begins.
I love the fact that the girls are middle women (we get so little play) grappling with betrayals, financial reversals, and complicated romantic entanglements.
I enjoyed TTWofW almost as much as S&S. For you gals headed to the beach this summer, this is the perfect book to read while you're sipping that fruity drink with the little pink umbrella.
This modern day remix is a fun romp with the just right combination of laughter through tears.
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