Gossip: A Novel

Gossip: A Novel

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by Beth Gutcheon
     
 

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“A gifted storyteller...her characters are intelligent, brave, and witty...human and real.”
—Susan Isaacs, New York Times Book Review

The critically acclaimed author of Good-bye and Amen, Leeway Cottage, and More Than You Know, Beth Gutcheon returns with Gossip, a sharply perceptive and

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“A gifted storyteller...her characters are intelligent, brave, and witty...human and real.”
—Susan Isaacs, New York Times Book Review

The critically acclaimed author of Good-bye and Amen, Leeway Cottage, and More Than You Know, Beth Gutcheon returns with Gossip, a sharply perceptive and emotionally resonant novel about the power of knowing things about others, the consequences of rumor, and the unexpected price of friendship. A story set among the rich, famous, and well-dressed of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Gossip is a bravura display of this exceptional author’s breathtaking talents, addressing important themes of motherhood, friendship, and fidelity. Every reader who admires the strong, character-driven women’s fiction of Sue Miller, Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Berg, and Kaye Gibbons should lend an ear to Beth Gutcheon’s Gossip.

Editorial Reviews

The Sunday Telegraph
“[Gutcheon] writes poignantly, but with a sharp comic edge, about female friendship, the bleakness of fate and the disappointments fo lvoe; and her grasp of the profound connection between clothes and emotion—a theme inexplicably neglected in the moderl novel—recalls Nancy Mitford at her more seriously frivolous.”
Romantic Times on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN
“[C]ompelling…Beautifully written and told from varying points of view, this sweeping saga will strike a chord with anyone who loves to read about family. Four stars.”
Denver Post on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN
“Editor’s Choice.”
Karen Joy Fowler
“Good-Bye and Amen is a tour de force of structure and voice. Gutcheon had me at the first sentence and I didn’t put the book down until I had finished it. Marvelous and memorable.”
San Antonio Express-News on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN
“The book reads seamlessly…Gutcheon is a novelist with a poetic grasp of the language and a keen eye for the quirks and foibles that make us human. ”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Beth Gutcheon has something real to say . . . There is a world of entertainment in Domestic Pleasures.”
Michael Dorris
“The charms of Domestic Pleasures—its wit, its sharp dialogue, its perfectly tuned characters—tackle you early on and keep you pinned, turning pages, through the last, wonderfully satisfying scene.”
Anne Rivers Siddons
“She has absolutely perfect pitch when it comes to capturing the lives of these remarkable women. This seems to be the quintessential American woman’s tale. I loved it.”
Booklist on GOSSIP
“A graceful and elegant novel that explores the unintended damage simmering hostility and sharing confidences can bring, Gossip builds to a stunning and devastating finish.”
Ventura County Star on GOSSIP
“This compelling story is full of emotions—heartache, love, frustrations, and even a generous dose of humor. But it is the compelling sense of friendship and loyatly between the characters that is the star attraction of this book, and Gutcheon proves her mastery as a consummate storyteller with the spellbinding novel.”
Fresh Fiction on GOSSIP
“GOSSIP is compelling story full of many emotions, heartache, love, frustrations, and even a generous dose of humor.…Gutcheon proves her mastery as a consummate storyteller with this spellbinding novel.”
New York Times Book Review
“Lively and engaging...Ms. Gutcheon knows her craft.”
Boston Globe
“[E]nthralling . . . triumphant and true.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A great drama, cinematically told . . . [Gutcheon] writes elegantly about the complex bonds of family.”
The New York Times Book Review
“The taut facility with which Gutcheon twines the two stories creates real suspense While Gutcheon cannily evokes the ephemerality of passion, she also evinces, with stark and elemental resonance, the way love and hatred shape lives.”
Booklist
“The importance of connections between women is highlighted in this story of friendship and support among a group of five women.”
Romantic Times
“[C]ompelling…Beautifully written and told from varying points of view, this sweeping saga will strike a chord with anyone who loves to read about family. Four stars.”
Pages Magazine
“A remarkably rich and emotionally jarring novel filled ultimately with hope.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“An endearing urban fairytale filled with surprises.”
USA Today
“The dialogue is convincing and well-paced. The suspense is strung out for maximum effect. The images are vivid and uncluttered This [is] a book that is tough to put down.”
Denver Post
“Editor’s Choice.”
San Antonio Express-News
“The book reads seamlessly…Gutcheon is a novelist with a poetic grasp of the language and a keen eye for the quirks and foibles that make us human. ”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Beth Gutcheon has something real to say . . . There is a world of entertainment in Domestic Pleasures.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062100948
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
165,964
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Anne Rivers Siddons

“She has absolutely perfect pitch when it comes to capturing the lives of these remarkable women. This seems to be the quintessential American woman’s tale. I loved it.”

Karen Joy Fowler

“Good-Bye and Amen is a tour de force of structure and voice. Gutcheon had me at the first sentence and I didn’t put the book down until I had finished it. Marvelous and memorable.”

Michael Dorris

“The charms of Domestic Pleasures—its wit, its sharp dialogue, its perfectly tuned characters—tackle you early on and keep you pinned, turning pages, through the last, wonderfully satisfying scene.”

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