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 56hosted 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….

26 thoughts on “FRIDAY MEMES: BEGINNINGS & FRIDAY 56 — FEB. 25

  1. Hmmm, that beginning is interesting. It seems odd that a couple at such an age would get divorce. I’m not saying they might as well stick together because they’re so old, but usually problems tend to come out sooner (I imagine) than that age.


    1. That’s what I think, too…the early years, the struggles, the parenting issues all seem to be the most difficult.

      But then again, what do I know? LOL – I haven’t made it to “old age” with anyone, having opted out much earlier….

      Thanks for stopping by, Kristie.


  2. Hmmmm, that Frederick is something else. The ages prove a marriage is never out of the woods no matter how long you’ve been together. I’ve had my eye on this book. I must say the writing is elegant. Enjoy this one.


  3. I love the cover art on this one. It looks so inviting for a relaxing moment. I especially love your new header. Your granchildren are beautiful!!! There ages? Such happy faces! What a precious moment that will last a lifetime. There’s nothing like family. Indeed, you are blessed. We were challenged with 4 little ones under the age of 5 focusing for pictures in between naps and feedings! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you. Yes, I LOVE having them around! 🙂


    1. I love capturing these moments, too, especially since we don’t often get the chance to all be together, Lady D.

      The four oldest ones are almost 16, and 14. Two boys born in the same month and year, and the same for the two girls. Then there’s a twelve-year-old, and an eight-year-old.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  4. What a slap in the face that would be to be divorced after so many years of marriage (unless she was expecting it and happy about it).

    Thanks for participating in Book Beginnings!


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