I just finished another fantastic book put out by Harper Collins! Gossip by Beth Gutcheon is a great read! Here is the scoop...
The critically acclaimed author of Good-bye and Amen, Leeway
Cottage, and More Than You Know returns with a sharply perceptive and
emotionally resonant novel about all the ways we talk about one another, the
sometimes fine line between showing concern and doing damage, and the difficulty
of knowing the true obligations of friendship
"Did you know that the origin of the word gossip in English is
'god-sibling'? It's the talk between people who are godparents to the same
child, people who have a legitimate loving interest in the person they talk
about. It's talk that weaves a net of support and connection beneath the people
you want to protect."
Loviah "Lovie" French owns a small, high-end dress shop on Manhattan's Upper
East Side. Renowned for her taste and discretion, Lovie is the one to whom
certain women turn when they need "just the thing" for major life
events—baptisms and balls, weddings and funerals—or when they just want to dish
in the dressing room. Among the people who depend on Lovie's confidence are her
two best friends since boarding school: Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf.
Outspoken and brimming with confidence, Dinah made a name for herself as a
columnist covering the doings of New York's wealthiest and most fabulous. Shy,
proper Avis, in many ways Dinah's opposite, rose to prominence in the art world
with her quiet manners, hard work, and precise judgment. Despite the deep
affection they both feel for Lovie, they have been more or less allergic to each
other since a minor incident decades earlier that has been remembered and
resented with what will prove to be unimaginable consequences.
These uneasy acquaintances become unwillingly bound to each other when
Dinah's favorite son and Avis's only daughter fall in love and marry. On the
surface, Nick and Grace are the perfect match—a playful, romantic, buoyant, and
beautiful pair. But their commitment will be strained by time and change: career
setbacks, reckless choices, the birth of a child, jealousies, and rumor. At the
center of their orbit is Lovie, who knows everyone's secrets and manages them as
wisely as she can. Which is not wisely enough, as things turn out—a fact that
will have a shattering effect on all their lives.
An astute chronicler of everything that makes us human, Beth Gutcheon
delivers her most powerful and emotionally devastating novel to date.
Gossip is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity,
friendship, competition, and motherhood that explores the myriad ways we use and
abuse "information" about others—be it true, false, or imagined—to sustain, and
occasionally destroy, one another.
It took me a few chapters to really get into this book but once I did, boy oh boy! I could not read fast enough. Once I warmed up to the classy and chic Lovie I simply wanted to devour the details of her life and those around her. While I warmed up to Lovie, I was not exactly endeared to most of the other characters especially Dinah. But, gossip will do that to you won't it?? I knew all the behind the scenes scoop because Lovie did and, like it or not, it tainted how I felt about her as it did Lovie. Gossip is a delicious study in friendship. loyalty, high society and, of course, Gossip! A terrific read...pack it in your beach bag! You can pick Gossip up today on Amazon...
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