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In Her Shoes: A Novel
     

In Her Shoes: A Novel

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by Jennifer Weiner, Barbara McCulloh (Narrated by)
 

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Meet Rose Feller. She's thirty years old and a high-powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her that she's beautiful. She also dreams of getting her fantastically screwed-up little sister to get her life. together.

Meet Rose's sister, Maggie. Twenty-eight years

Overview

Meet Rose Feller. She's thirty years old and a high-powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels. She dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses, gaze into her eyes, and tell her that she's beautiful. She also dreams of getting her fantastically screwed-up little sister to get her life. together.

Meet Rose's sister, Maggie. Twenty-eight years old, drop-dead gorgeous and only occasionally employed. Although her dreams of big-screen stardom haven't progressed, Maggie dreams of fame and fortune — and of getting her dowdy big sister to stick to a skin-care regime.

These two women with nothing in common but childhood tragedy, shared DNA, and the same size feet, are about to learn that their family is more different than they ever imagine, and that they're more alike, than they'd ever believe. In Her Shoes observes Rose and Maggie, the brain and the beauty, as they make journeys of discovery. Along the way, the'll encounter a wild cast of characters and they'll borrow shoes and clothes and boyfriends, and make peace with their most intimate enemies — each other.

Funny and poignant, In Her Shoes will speak to anyone who has endured the bonds of big — or little — sisterhood, or longed for a life different from the one the world has dictated, and dreamed of trying something else on for size.

About the Author:
Jennifer Weiner is the author of Good in Bed. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Adam, and her rat terrier, Wendell.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Weiner, whose debut novel Good in Bed was an instant bestseller, is back with another exuberantly confident offering. Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Fuller relies on her looks and size zero body to flirt her way through life while working dozens of dead-end jobs and dreaming of stardom. At the other end of the spectrum is her older, larger sister, Rose, who relies on her intelligence and is an accomplished attorney at a large Philadelphia firm. The only things that these two seem to have in common is their shared history, a loathing for their "stepmonster," Sydelle, size six feet and a passion for luxurious shoes. When Maggie is evicted from her apartment and loses yet another job, Rose takes her in and tries to endure her closet raids and endless insults. But her patience abruptly ends when Maggie crosses a line so sacred that Rose kicks Maggie out and all but terminates their relationship ("Her sister was like a f**king Weebel, [Rose] thought. She'd wobble, she'd screw up, she'd steal your shoes... but she'd absolutely never fall down"). The sisters go on with their lives and Maggie discovers that she has a brain and a will to learn, while Rose learns to loosen up a bit and finds that there is more to life than work. The two sisters also get to know their maternal grandmother, Ella Hirsch, who they haven't seen since their mother's funeral more than 20 years ago. With Ella's love and support, Maggie reaches out to Rose and the two begin to repair their relationship. In the end, these three remarkable women learn that they are stronger than they thought they were, that family ties are worth preserving, and that there are perks to sharing the same shoe size. Weiner, a marvelously natural storyteller, blends humor and heartbreak to create an irresistible novel. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Weiner follows the successful Good in Bed with a wonderful contemporary fairy tale. (Yes, there is a wicked stepmother.) Meet plump, dependable Rose Feller and her gorgeous, out-of-control sister, Maggie. As children, they lost their mother and contact with grandmother Ella. Now, 20 years later, we follow their struggles to forgive the past, reclaim each other's love, and become their best selves. Within a year and a half, all three women, who seemed only to share a shoe size, possess more than they ever dreamed possible. Reworking the age-old theme that self-knowledge and acceptance are needed before love and happiness can be achieved, Weiner embroiders serious matters with threads of humor to produce a novel full of memorable characters and situations. (Every family should have a Mrs. Lefkowitz.) Here's a novel that satisfies on many levels. For most popular fiction collections.-Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402539473
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
02/27/2003
Series:
Anna Hibiscus Series
Edition description:
Unabridged, 11 cassettes, 930 minutes

Meet the Author

Jennifer Weiner (b. 1970) is a bestselling novelist, television producer, and former journalist. She achieved recognition with her first book Good in Bed, a novel shaped by her own early experiences trying to balance love and work. She followed it up with In Her Shoes, which was later turned into a movie of the same name. To date she has written over a dozen books, many of which have become bestsellers. She has also been an outspoken critic of the pejorative label "chick lit."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
March 28, 1970
Place of Birth:
De Ridder, Louisiana
Education:
B.A., Princeton University, 1991
Website:
http://www.jenniferweiner.com/

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In Her Shoes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 257 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
This is chick lit at it's best. I was totally drawn into the story of these sisters and their estranged grandmother. The Feller sisters Maggie and Rose seem so different at the beginning of the story but through circumstance they both end up changing and figuring themselves out which brings them closer together. By the end they realize that they're not so different. I enjoyed the three different perspectives of Rose, Maggie and the grandmother. This is a great book and I'd also have to recommend the movie.
Bargain_Booker More than 1 year ago
I loved this book to pieces. Never wanted to put it down. The characters are wonderful and I saw myself in both girls. Couldn't wait to read it and when it was done, I was left wanting more. A definite must read.
wheeze More than 1 year ago
In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner was the first book i ever read by this author. I had seen the movie, and heck, why not read the book. I love love LOVE the sister relationship going on between Rose and Maggie. Althoough I don't have a sister myself, it reminds me of me and my best friend. My best friend, the "Maggie" scoring every guy she sees, and just being a fearless girl living her life. Me, the "Rose" who is not as beautiful as Maggie, not as fearless, and definitely cannot score every guy. In Her Shoes is an extremely witty tale through relationships, heartbreaks, anger explosions, and the best thing of all, family. Definately Jennifer Weiner's best book out there. I have recommended this book to every woman I know. Excellent read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Jennifer transports you into Maggie and Rose's world. You are on an emotional roller coaster that only a sister can take you on from start to finish. I LOVED, LOVED this book:) Highly recomended!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well...i dont think any guys would be interested in this book but it was so cute for girls. I love the way maggie and rose have this special conection with one another no matter what is going on in their lives. I love the sense of realness the author creates. If you are a chick and want a motivating family book this is it!!
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The book is so good and heartfelt.....
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Loved it
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It was so hard to put this book done. Even thow her sister take something of hers all the time. she forgave her in the long run. Most people can not that, but some people can change. They where there for each other in the beginning and there where in the end.
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Isabella0518 More than 1 year ago
I really luved this book, total page turner, but I gotta say teh dependent sister drove me insane!!!!! Still luved the book :)
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awesome!
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This book has givin me a chance to see what adulthood is like in the real world , not in movies.I'm not much of a reader but this s avery interesting book I think every child over 12 should read. Just so everyone knows I'm only13 and this is an enjoyable book.
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