Title: The Three Weissmanns of Westport
By: Cathleen Schine
Call #: Fiction Schin.C
I wonder if Jane herself would have chuckled at this modern adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility.” I know I did. The sparkling wit and sharp social commentary are intact and the feature characters are all nicely represented but done so with very clever variations. The two sisters, Annie and Miranda, are middle-aged. Mom–Betty–is in her late 70s and not widowed, but rather dumped by her husband in favor of a younger woman. Betty must vacate her posh upper East Side apartment and become the tenant-for-free of a tiny Westport cottage owned by big-hearted Cousin Lou. The sisters come to live with their mom to help her cope. Everyone is sad, frustrated, angry, and anxious…did I mention angry? Betty is used to being taken care of and can’t grasp that there’s no money right now even though the local designer boutiques are full of bargains. Miranda is an emotional firecracker, a drama queen who falls in and out of love easily. Annie is quiet, sensible, lonely and forbearing. Schine hits all the major plot points, but offers readers some surprising twists plus a distinctly 21st-century take on how the story ends up.