Good morning! It’s Friday again, and time to celebrate the memes that take us within a book’s pages to excerpt and share. Book Beginnings, hosted by A Few More Pages, takes us to the very opening lines, where we showcase what we love (or don’t love) about the books we’re reading. For The Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice , we pick a sentence off of p. 56 to share.
Today I’m spotlighting a book on my reading list for this coming week. The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine, is a delightful homage to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and delves into the lives of its characters, with one of them taking off for Westport after being dumped.
Blurb: A geriatric stepfather falls in love with a scheming woman half his age in Schine’s Sense and Sensibility–flecked and compulsively readable follow-up to The 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….
Beginning: When Joseph Weissmann divorced his wife, he was seventy-eight years old and she was seventy-five. He announced his decision in the kitchen of their apartment on the tenth floor of a large, graceful Central Park West building built at the turn of the last century, the original white tiles of the kitchen still gleaming on the walls around them.
Now I feel compelled to keep reading, because this sounds like a story I will love. The old building sounds elegant, as described in the opening lines, and sets the scene for the dramatic announcement. I can almost see the apartment….and the contrast between the “still gleaming” kitchen and the now defunct marriage feels poignant.
P. 56: She glanced at Frederick and saw that he was surrounded by young women and middle-aged men. An interesting demographic. Where did she fit in?
Okay, now I’m curious about what the rest of you have discovered today. I hope you’ll stop by and share….