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A geriatric stepfather falls in love with a scheming woman half his age in Schine's Sense and Sensibility–flecked and compulsively readable follow-up to The New Yorkers. Betty Weissman is 75 when Joseph, her husband of nearly 50 years, announces he's divorcing her. Soon, Betty moves out of their grand Central Park West apartment and Joseph's conniving girlfriend, Felicity, moves in. Betty lands in a rundown Westport, Conn., beach cottage, but things quickly get more complicated when Betty's daughters run into their own problems. Literary agent Miranda is sued into bankruptcy after it's revealed that some of her authors made up their lurid memoirs, and Annie, drowning in debt, can no longer afford her apartment. Once they relocate to Westport, both girls fall in love—Annie rather awkwardly with the brother of her stepfather's paramour, and Miranda with a younger actor who has a young son. An Austen-esque mischief hovers over these romantic relationships as the three women figure out how to survive and thrive. It's a smart crowd pleaser with lovably flawed leads and the best tearjerker finale you're likely to read this year. (Feb.)
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The seemingly endless parade of Jane Austen adaptations (Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, anyone?) may tempt weary readers to give this book a pass. And, really, who can blame them? Perhaps an exception should be made, however, for The Three Weissmanns of Westport, which most critics hailed as a clever and warmhearted tale about love, life, and the true meaning of family. Schine's story captures the essence of Austen's classics, with pages filled with vibrant characters and insightful social commentary. Only the Wall Street Journal thought the novel too derivative. Both funny and sad, The Three Weissmans is the literary version of a delectable desert.See all Editorial Reviews
This novel starts out as a contemporary version of Sense and Sensibility set in New York and Connecticut. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Michelle Boytim
I'd probably give the book 3 1/2 stars if we could do halves! Felt like it was slow and plot didn't really grab me but the ending did wrap up most if not all of the story lines... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bookworm
For Jane Austen fans, this book is a real treat. The author has done a skillful job of making Austen's Sense and Sensibility a thoroughly modern story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Judith A. Parker
I picked up the book for some light reading on a recent vacation. It proved to be just that. It held my interest, and I enjoyed Schine's sense of humor and use of satire. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lucy M.
This book was very tough to follow. I found it frustrating that it jumped around too much and threw in characters without exactly explaining how they fit in. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Madeline L. Sharrock
This was a library find that looked to be a fun read, so I grabbed it. The Three Weissmanns of Westport, author Cathleen Schine's tribute to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lit Lovers Lane