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Gossip
     

Gossip

3.8 32
by Beth Gutcheon
 

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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

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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

Gossip
Beth Gutcheon

"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.

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.”
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.”
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.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“An endearing urban fairytale filled with surprises.”
Boston Globe
“[E]nthralling . . . triumphant and true.”
Denver Post
“Editor’s Choice.”
New York Times Book Review
“Lively and engaging...Ms. Gutcheon knows her craft.”
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.”
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. ”
Pages Magazine
“A remarkably rich and emotionally jarring novel filled ultimately with hope.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Beth Gutcheon has something real to say . . . There is a world of entertainment in Domestic Pleasures.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061931420
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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.”

Meet the Author

Beth Gutcheon is the critically acclaimed author of eight previous novels: The New Girls, Still Missing, Domestic Pleasures, Saying Grace, Five Fortunes, More Than You Know, Leeway Cottage, and Good-bye and Amen. She is the writer of several film scripts, including the Academy-Award nominee The Children of Theatre Street. She lives in New York City.

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Gossip: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
BookReflections More than 1 year ago
Three women connected through an elite boarding school grow through life's trials and tribulations.  Where Avis is quiet and refined, Dinah is outgoing, loud, and fun.  Avis marries an alcoholic and raises her only daughter, Grace with the help of her stepmother and the nanny.  Dinah marries and has two boys.  One is responsible and the other wanders through life without much direction and undecided about his goals.  Lovie finds herself solidly in the middle of both.  She chooses a life as an outsider looking in.  Lovie tells the story from high school till she is 60 years old and a life altering event occurs that touch them all. Gossip is interesting enough but failed to draw me in.  It was difficult to connect to the characters for a couple of reasons.  First, the Lovie's storytelling is distant and unemotional; thus, I didn't feel anything either.  Second, there is much focus on parties, clothing made by designers I've barely heard of, and summers in vacation homes.  I just didn't connect with any of it.  Halfway through the book the the characters were past middle-age and I it took me by surprise.  For most of the book everything seemed to be moving without any real point.  Then it ended in a dramatic way and I felt that things were left unresolved.  It felt like the story finally got to an interesting point and then ended without much ado.  The writing style sets this one apart though.  It's kind of weird in that Ms. Gutcheon follows each individual story/event from the beginning to its end, resulting in a a kind of jumping through time situation.  For example, we are introduced to a character, told how they die, and any resulting consequences of the event.  Then the next part of the book will carry on with that person alive and a part of it all.  It's different and I liked it though it could be confusing at times. Overall, a solid read though I failed to connect with both the story and the characters.
Recyclequeen3 More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Beth Gutcheon's books years ago. I loved how each chapter usually dealt with a separate character in the book and then later on in the book it all came together. Gossip had about every other paragraph dealing with another character's story/life moment. It was written in a too scatter-brained way for me to really follow the story line without getting annoyed with some other non-necessary tid-bit of information on someone that just didn't seem to fit the mood of the page I was on. I have not liked these last 3 books that Beth has written. Gossip is the worst though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not intended to purchase this book but glad that I did. I had a little difficulty getting into it at first, but was glad I kept going to the end. I enjoyed it.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Set in New York, three friends who met in boarding school find each other again and cross paths in many different ways through the years.  With husbands, lovers and children making appearances, the cast of characters was huge and came in and out of the story.  Lovie is the main character and I loved her growth from an outsider in boarding school to the one who heard all of the gossip in New York, I didn't love her friends as much as I loved her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the characters and storyline were compelling and credible. It helped that I was able to relate throughout. When it was done. I found myself casting for the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many uninteresting characters, not enough depth. Timeline way too long. I could not finish as this book is just painful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to get into this read multiple times but found it a difficult read to get through. It had so many characters and stories from one page to the next making it difficult to connect everything. I tried but finally gave up on this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok you contridicted yourself... bad. Ok you posted a worthless review as well so shut the fu*k up bit*h! You are just a stupid creeper. To add to that i bet b and n wont do sh*t about it! I have no cell phone or facebook th is the only way i can chat bi*ch! Its fu*kin hard bein a teenager so go taddle tale innocent preschoolers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go fu ck ursf leave em alone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish i could go back to the time when we posted this. My I had the best week of my life starting on october first
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The majority of reviews were just under age kids using these as chat rooms. Barnes & Noble, PLEASE do something to block them if it is off topic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What reviews. Its all little children posting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thhis is such a humab story! It is full oflife with all of itsglory and tragedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book could not hold my intrest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best
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Heya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow.... i see many issues in this situation... First of all, YOURE TWELVE! Thats a little young, dont you think? At twelve, even if you do get him, you wont even be able to anything as a couple other then share m&ms or something... Then you could loose him before you even get to an age where yor relationship can actually go somewhere! Second of all, whats wrong with being feminine? If you act like another guy and let him know you DONT care about yourself and what you look like then maybe he wont even see you as a posibility. Next, what do you mean he annoys you? Does he tease you because nobody wants a guy who degrades them! Lastly, you cant just break them up! Sabrina and Zach are there own people! Its better you aviod the drama and move on. You dont want to be the girl with no life and needs a guy to feel confidant. Dedicate yourself to a hobby and show them you dont need them! He either will like a confidant independant girl or wants a sluttygirl as a trophey. It could easily go eiher way! -Hana
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How old are u?
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Sup
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U pissed a bday boy off
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U r a snitch
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wanna chat?