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A geriatric stepfather falls in love with a scheming woman half his age in Schine'sSense and Sensibility–flecked and compulsively readable follow-up toThe 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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ISBN-10:  0374299048
ISBN-13:  978-0374299040
Author:  Cathleen Schine
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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review by . March 30, 2010
With her trademark wit and empathy, Schine pens another hilarious and affecting domestic comedy, using the ageless bones of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" as a template.    The story opens with 78-year-old Joseph Weissmann announcing to his wife of 48 years, Betty, that he wants a divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. "The name of Joe's irreconcilable difference was Felicity, although Betty referred to her, pretending she could not remember the correct name, sometimes …
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