The Love Letterby Cathleen Schine
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In praise of Rameau's Niece, the New York Times hailed "the sheer delight of listening to Cathleen Schine's wonderfully inventive comic voice." Schine's sparkling new comedy of manners is a sublimely sophisticated romance, a delectable confection that pairs illicit love with mystery and the joys of selling books.
Patricia C. Heaney, Nassau Community College Library, Garden City, N.Y.
“[Helen's story] is a familiar one. . . . but Ms. Schine renders it in these pages with such deftness and good-natured humor that the reader can't help but be enchanted.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“Rarely less than sublime . . . A sophisticated and witty valentine of a novel.” People
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Meet the Author
CATHLEEN SCHINE is the author of many novels, most recently The Three Weissmanns of Westport, as well as the internationally best-selling The Love Letter and Alice in Bed, To the Bird House, She Is Me, and The New Yorkers.
- New York, New York, and Venice, California
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- Bridgeport, Connecticut
- B.A., Barnard College, 1976
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Heard about the book because of the movie, which was okay but good in parts. The setting and the bookstore especially. Oh and Ellen of course. So while browsing the shelves (isn't it always), I saw the book and the cover is nice, what with the beach in the background. Gives off a cozy vibe in a way. Anyway, you have a bunch of characters, a mysterious love letter and a bookstore. But mostly it revolves around two characters, bookstore employees Helen and Johnny and a love affair begins. All because of a letter one thinks wrote to the other. Well sort of. I liked the writing at times, some of the descriptions were poetic in a way and set the setting well. I wouldn't have minded reading about the everyday lives of the employees at the bookstore in a small quiet town. It has a slow pace, and so took my time reading it. It was a cute if at times weird story.
I liked this book, though not quite as much as The Evolution of Jane, which I think is easier to digest. My judgement might be biased, though, since I saw the movie before reading the book and found the movie to be superior in many ways. Still, an enjoyable read. Cathleen Schine is a wonderful writer.
Perfect love story of a smart woman who finally finds love. A mysterious letter makes the plot even more interesting. Shows that love can be found in people who seem so dissimilar from each other.
I tried to like this book, but by page 61, I had to put it down. The main charachter, Helen, is a self-absorbed tramp and an unfit mother. She kisses people on a whim. She flirts and sleeps with anyone in town. She talks about how much she misses her daughter, who is away at camp, but I don't believe that she thinks of anyone by herself. She freely drops the F-bomb casually, as if that were speech becoming of a lady...which she is not. The plot is absurd. That she could be as callous and crude as she is represented to be and as popular as she is also purported to be, is impossible. This character is lewd, obstinant, selfish, childish, and impetuous. Do not pick this book up unless you admire loose women who are horrible mothers. Disgusting, and not a very funny book, either.
I do not go in for romantic drivel, so I began to read this book with a skeptical eye. By page 25, I was captivated. I loved the main character Helen, with her tough/vulnerable demeanor. The sub-plot lines were enough to keep my interest piqued throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!
As a mother of a 'young man' I was very disappointed that Helen, who I at first liked, had no self-control or conscience. I suppose this 'me only' attitude is modern and I'm not.