The Smart One

The Smart One

Audiobook CD - 2013
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With her best-selling debut, Girls in White Dresses (An irresistible, pitch-perfect first novel Marie Claire ), Jennifer Close captured friendship in those what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood. Now, with her sparkling new novel of parenthood and sibling rivalry, Close turns her gimlet eye to the only thing messier than friendship: family.
Weezy Coffey s parents had always told her she was the smart one, while her sister was the pretty one. Maureen will marry well, their mother said, but instead it was Weezy who married well, to a kind man and good father. Weezy often wonders if she did this on purpose thwarting expectations just to prove her parents wrong.
But now that Weezy s own children are adults, they haven t exactly been meeting her expectations either. Her oldest child, Martha, is thirty and living in her childhood bedroom after a spectacular career flameout. Martha now works at J.Crew, folding pants with whales embroidered on them and complaining bitterly about it. Weezy s middle child, Claire, has broken up with her fiance, canceled her wedding, and locked herself in her New York apartment leaving Weezy to deal with the caterer and florist. And her youngest, Max, is dating a college classmate named Cleo, a girl so beautiful and confident she wears her swimsuit to family dinner, leaving other members of the Coffey household blushing and stammering into their plates.
As the Coffey children s various missteps drive them back to their childhood home, Weezy suddenly finds her empty nest crowded and her children in full-scale regression. Martha is moping like a teenager, Claire is stumbling home drunk in the wee hours, and Max and Cleo are skulking around the basement, guarding a secret of their own. With radiant style and a generous spirit, The Smart One is a story about the ways in which we never really grow up, and the place where we return when things go drastically awry: home."
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, p2013.
ISBN: 9780385362733
0385362730
9780385362719
0385362714
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (ca. 12 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lowman, Rebecca

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bbonier Jan 09, 2014

Very ordinary story told in ordinary prose about an ordinary family. It held my interest because I kept waiting to discover the point of the whole story, but there is no point. The Coffey Family, which consists of parents, 2 adult daughters and a college age son, each have their own issues in their lives that they are dealing with. The reader, Rebecca Lowman, also read it in a very ordinary way - no real highs and lows.

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