Fin & Lady (Signed Book)

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From the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, a wise, clever story of New York in the ’60s

It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady—giddy, careless, urgent, ...

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Overview

From the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, a wise, clever story of New York in the ’60s

It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady—giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free—is as much his responsibility as he is hers.

     So begins Fin & Lady, the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the ’60s, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War—Lady pursued by ardent, dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself.

     From a writer The New York Times has praised as “sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting,” Fin & Lady is a comic, romantic love story: the story of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.

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Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
A clever, frothy novel...Schine playfully probes the lies, self-deceptions, and honorable hearts of her characters
Minneapolis Star Tribune
[A] story of enchantment
The New York Review of Books
Full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to Austen's own.
Miami Herald (online)
"There have been many authors with whom one would want to sit down for a drink, capital D; you know, to have the profound, brooding literature talk, the what-does-it-all-mean exchange over a glass of scotch. Cathleen Schine, author of Fin & Lady, is on my drinking buddy wish-list—but she's different. In Fin & Lady, Schine writes a bittersweet but witty tale about love and the search for family, and her the ability to slip in such a range of subtle references and laugh aloud one-liners makes me want to invite her to the happiest of happy hours. The same goes for Schine's dynamic and memorable cast of characters in the novel...Fin's characterization is full of the intoxicating, culture-defying '60s vibe...a lively, thoughtful read."
Library Journal
As evidenced by The Three Weissmanns of Westport, Schine deals wisely with family ups and downs. So she should do well with this story of orphaned 11-year-old Fin, who suddenly finds himself in the care of older half-sister Lady, whom he hasn't seen for years. She quickly moves him from rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, and since it's the Sixties, we get great social backdrop as Fin learns to open his eyes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374927523
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sales rank: 310,622
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, The New Yorkers, and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

Biography

Cathleen Schine is the author of the internationally best-selling novels The Love Letter (1995), which was made into a movie starring Kate Capshaw, and Rameau's Niece (1993), which was also made into a movie (The Misadventures of Margaret), starring Parker Posey. Schine's other novels are Alice in Bed (1983), To the Bird House (1990), The Evolution of Jane (1999), She Is Me (2003), The New Yorkers (2006), and The Three Weissmanns of Westport (2010). In addition to novels she has written articles for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. She grew up in Westport, Ct.

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Good To Know

In our interview, Schine revealed some fascinating facts about herself:

"I tried to be a medieval historian, but I have no memory for facts, dates, or abstract ideas, so that was a bust. When I came back to New York, I tried to be a buyer at Bloomingdale's because I loved shopping. I had an interview, but they never called me back. I really had no choice. I had to be a writer. I could not get a job. After doing some bits of freelance journalism at The Village Voice, I did finally get a job as a copy editor at Newsweek. My grammar was good, but I can't spell, so it was a challenge. My boss was very nice and indulgent, though, and I wrote Alice in Bed on scraps of paper during slow hours. I didn't have a regular job again until I wrote The Love Letter."

"The Love Letter was about a bookseller, so I worked in a bookstore in an attempt to understand the art of bookselling. I discovered that selling books is an interdisciplinary activity, the disciplines being: literary critic, psychologist, and stevedore. I was fired immediately for total incompetence and chaos and told to sit in the back and observe, no talking, no touching."

"I dislike humidity and vomit, I guess. My interests and hobbies are too expensive or too physically taxing to actually pursue. I like to take naps. I go shopping to unwind. I love to shop. Even if it's for Q-Tips or Post-Its."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York, and Venice, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bridgeport, Connecticut
    1. Education:
      B.A., Barnard College, 1976
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    This book made me laugh out loud, and brought me to tears. It's

    This book made me laugh out loud, and brought me to tears. It's very powerful because the characters are so vivid. 
    All of them, not just Fin and the enigmatic Lady. I loved every nuance of the story and all the brilliant characters. I didn't 
    live through the '60s, but the period came alive for me in Shine's wonderful novel. 

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    This is a charming book full of emotion. The writing pops off th

    This is a charming book full of emotion. The writing pops off the page. Highly recommended.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

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    I lvoe Cathleen Schine's writing. I read this book in three days

    I lvoe Cathleen Schine's writing. I read this book in three days. She creates characters that you care about.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

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    A wonderfully entertaining book set smack dab in the 60s. The ch

    A wonderfully entertaining book set smack dab in the 60s. The characters are all very well developed (not just Fin and Lady). The storyline is also very entertaining. The 1960s setting is spot on cool.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Cool

    I love this book it's full of emotion.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Living Life to the Fullest!

    Set in the 60’s during the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, hippies, Woodstock, and carefree living, a story of a boy named Fin who has lost his parents at age 8 yrs. old has found he now is in the care of his older, bohemian carefree and beautiful sister named Lady. (Set in Greenwich Village, New York, Connecticut, Capri, and Italy, among other world travels and enchanting adventures with an array of color characters). She is most definitely not parent material, as runs from responsibility -- enjoys living life to the fullest and adventure.
    Fin and Lady become a team as Fin enjoys the highs and not so much the lows. As Lady begins worrying about being a single spinster, she begins dating many suitors and of course, Fin is in the center of her friends and men and has an opinion of each. Fin becomes more of a parent at sometimes more so than Lady.

    Fin gets to experience travel and culture--subjected to worldly cultures well beyond his young age. A beautiful story; however, the audio gets very long and drawn out. I would like to have Fin be more of the main central character with more depth from him, versus of Lady and more history of Lady before she takes over as Fin’s guardian. I think the book was funny at some points and liked Bithie and did not care for the parts of Lady with Michelangelo as it separated the Fin/Lady. Will not disclose other spoiler parts which come towards the end of the novel as the book comes full circle, making the book worth reading.

    This is my first book by Cathleen Schine and would definitely read more. Not my usual type of book; however, think the narrator did a great job and would recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Sweet, tender and funny

    Loved spending time with this book, which acknowledges life's deepest moments without drowning in them. Read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Loved it,could not put it down,and now sorry I finished it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Xandia

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    Rachel

    Gets dressed and walks out.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Fin

    I take a shower and leave

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Loved this book!

    I admit I like Cathleen Schine very much but not indiscriminately. That said, she is a master story teller with beautiful character development.
    Fin and Lady was no exception. With many lovable characters and a great tight plot line I highly recommend Fin and Lady to everyone.
    As a New Yorker it is fun to see the different parts of the city thru other's eyes.
    Enjoy this and her book The New Yorkers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    A wonderful book

    Fin & Lady was a story that will stay with me for a long time. It reads like a classic novel. The characters have a depth and unique quality that made them unforgettable, lovable, and real. A great read for book clubs as character, dialogue,setting and theme are rich for discussion.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    Light, fun; Think: Auntie Mame

    How can you miss with a young orphaned boy (Fin) who is taken in by his older, wild sister (Lady), friendly dog, fast car, string of Lady's suitors and the best of New York city?

    Lady knows little of parenting except that she disliked her own parents and Fin is missing his mother very much. Together Fin and Lady cobble together a life where she is more or less in charge and he is more or less being parented.

    Yes, there is sadness but you'll absorb it, recover and enjoy the rest.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    This was such a fun read, and the ending caught me by surprise.

    This was such a fun read, and the ending caught me by surprise. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Families: Love is where you find it

    This is a wonderful story told with humor and pathos. It deserves to be on everyone's favorite book list this year. Lady and her very young brother Fin forge family bonds that seem unlikely to work. The travels and travails of these two against the backdrop of Greenwich Village and the Isle of Capri is a story to remember. It begins in the 1960's and covers cultural, social, and familial changes over many years. Read this book!

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    A rewarding story of interesting characters

    The characters in this book captivated the reader and made one want to find out where they were going in their lives. It was well done in terms of the development and growth of all of them. I loved it!

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Recommend

    Very sweet and funny story about a sister and her brother. Show the strong bonds among siblings no matter the age difference

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Refund, please. Repetitive.

    Refund, please. Repetitive.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Charming story with a nice surprise at the ending

    A highly unlikely guardian brings up her younger half-brother in a location strange to him. Roles seem to reverse as he grows older, and experiences situations that bring both joy and sorrow.

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