The Three Weissmanns of Westport – Cathleen Schine

Title: The Three Weissmanns of Westport
Author: Cathleen Schine
ISBN: 9780374299040
Pages: 304
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Miranda is an incredibly successful literary agent, but she has recently had a string of failures that have left her bereft.  Meanwhile, her stepfather, Josie, is leaving her mother for another man.  Desperate, and short on money, Miranda, her sister Annie, and their mother Betty, move to a small cottage in Westport to start life over again.

Review:

The Three Weissmanns of Westport is a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, which made me hesitant when I first picked it up.  There has been a lot written about Jane Austen lately, from mash-ups to rewrites, and I have been careful with what I read because I don’t want to get overwhelmed by Austen and thus get sick of hearing about her.  (Austen fatigue?)  However, I needn’t have worried – Cathleen Schine’s novel is subtle and well-written.

While it definitely is reminiscent of Sense and Sensibility, Schine does a great job updating this classic tale.  However, it’s not necessary to know the story of Sense and Sensibility to enjoy and appreciate this book.  Each of the three women are well-written and fleshed out into three dimensional characters.  The hope that each will find a happy ending is really what makes this book worth reading.

The Three Weissmans of Westport was an enjoyable women’s fiction novel that I recommend to anyone who’s looking for a light, fun read.  If you like Sense and Sensibility, this book is a must – Schine really does a genius job in updating this story and making it relevant for the modern reader.

Comments

  1. I didn’t realize this was a re-telling of Sense and Sensibility…I’ve had this one on my list. I’m glad to hear you liked it!

  2. I didn’t realize this was a re-telling of Sense and Sensibility…I’ve had this one on my list. I’m glad to hear you liked it!

  3. I too didn’t realize this was an S&S book. Now I really want to read it!

  4. I too didn’t realize this was an S&S book. Now I really want to read it!

  5. I love Sense and Sensibility but haven’t gotten into the Austen re-tellings. You’ve piqued my interest!

  6. I love Sense and Sensibility but haven’t gotten into the Austen re-tellings. You’ve piqued my interest!

  7. Cool! I loved her novel, The New Yorkers, when I read it a couple of years ago. Good stuff!

  8. Cool! I loved her novel, The New Yorkers, when I read it a couple of years ago. Good stuff!

  9. Sense and Sensibility is my favorite Austen book. I’ve known about this one but, like Jill, didn’t realize that it was at all based on that story. I really will seek it out now. Thanks for the thoughts.

  10. Sense and Sensibility is my favorite Austen book. I’ve known about this one but, like Jill, didn’t realize that it was at all based on that story. I really will seek it out now. Thanks for the thoughts.

  11. I think I *am* in Austen fatigue! Well, not of Austen herself but of everyone making free with her stories. I think there is even a new book ABOUT her being in the here and now and being annoyed with all the sequels and movies from her books!

  12. I think I *am* in Austen fatigue! Well, not of Austen herself but of everyone making free with her stories. I think there is even a new book ABOUT her being in the here and now and being annoyed with all the sequels and movies from her books!

  13. I agree, this one looks really interesting.

  14. I agree, this one looks really interesting.

  15. Since I live near Westport, the title of this one caught my eye. It sounds like one I might like to read.

    I see that you are reading The Book Thief right now. I have a copy sitting on my bookshelf and hope to get to it next month!

  16. Since I live near Westport, the title of this one caught my eye. It sounds like one I might like to read.

    I see that you are reading The Book Thief right now. I have a copy sitting on my bookshelf and hope to get to it next month!

  17. I just picked this up at a library book sale. Glad to know it is well-written as I am looking forward to reading it.

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