Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine
A reimagining of Sense and Sensibility, set in modern day Westport, where a mother and her two daughters in reduced circumstances take refuge in the tumbledown cottage owned by Cousin Lou, "like family" to the world. Betty, in her 70's, is being divorced by her husband Joseph, who is seeking to reclaim his youth in the arms of his scheming co-worker Felicity. While the divorce settlement is being finalized, Betty's two daughters, Annie, a library director, and Miranda, a literary agent who's awful authors have ruined her through their faked memoires, move in with her. A couple of faithless men, a charming child, a couple of home-sitters, a stalwarth suitor, and an epidemiologist round out the troupe. Entertaining and sad.