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Praise for Morningside Heights
“[A] rich, romantic novel . . . peopled with emotionally intriguing characters. Mendelson [creates] a stage akin to those of Jane Austen and George Eliot.”
–O: The Oprah Magazine
“Morningside Heights [is] a sensational backdrop for a long, smart, soapy novel of manners, which is what Mendelson delivers in her fiction debut.”
“Leisurely storytelling of the most enjoyable sort . . . Mendelson draws you in and keeps you charmed with her three-dimensional characters and the intricacies of the plot.”
–The Seattle Times
“Like a good Jane Austen novel, this book focuses on who will marry whom and who will inherit the real estate. . . . The movement of the plot is graceful and the characters nicely drawn.”
–The Boston Globe
“Deeply satisfying . . . Having devoured [Morningside Heights], I am prepared to guarantee that her many fans won’t be disappointed. . . . Mendelson is funny and wry.”
–Detroit Free Press
1. Why does Peter think he has to stay married to Lesley? Can you defend his thinking?
2. Some characters in the book choose meaningful work over money or status, and some make the opposite choice. How important is it to have work you believe in?
3. What do you think is Peter’s biggest flaw? What does he think it is?
4. Do you think it’s typical for siblings to be as different as Susan and
Louis are? Do you know any siblings who, like them, were raised by their parents to be so different?
5. Why does Susan think she has to stay married to Chris? Is Susan weak?
6. How do you react to Alexei’s unrealistic self-confidence?
7. What makes Louis a sympathetic character? What are his negative qualities?
8. Does Mallory make a bad decision when she refuses to get involved with Alexei?
9. Do Mallory’s parents practice the values they preach?
10. Louis tells Mallory he wants to marry her before they have a single date. Do you think he is really in love with her at this point? Why do you think he gets interested in Mallory at the age of thirtytwo—
after knowing her most of his life?
11. Why does Hilda play roles?
12. Which characters in the book are snobs? What are they snobbish about—for example, money, art, social background, or academic or professional status? Cheryl Mendelson seems to think that snobs destroy the things they’re snobbish about. Do you agree?
Posted November 20, 2005
I am writing my thesis and needed a respite-this book was fun, entertaining and total escape. It is complex enough to appeal to someone who dislikes 'lite' fiction but desires a good read. Morningside Heights was outstanding...this is even better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.