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Smart Hearts In The City

Smart Hearts In The City

by Barbara Probst Solomon

A woman of our time views New York in all its contradictions.


A woman of our time views New York in all its contradictions.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Solomon, a journalist and memoirist who wrote an earlier novel about New York, The Beat of Life , has penned a partly nostalgic, partly despairing book in which the city is an important character of sorts. Katy Becker, a feisty, attractive Jewish woman in passionate middle age, is involved in a lawsuit against her brother-in-law; she believes he is cheating her out of a share of the family estate. Much of the book is made up of Katy's reminiscences: she recalls her early years living on the edge of Harlem, her youthful fling with an ambitious young black man now prospering in California, and her wonderful summers spent at the splendid family estate on Long Island Sound. These scenes, some of them strikingly original in their evocation of class relationships, are interwoven with events from the present: the dog-eat-dog worlds of contemporary New York law and finance, a rather somber romance with a tough-guy millionaire whose boat is a showy extension of himself. The mix doesn't always work, and there are too many incidental and rather unimportant characters to easily keep track of. But Katy's robust, salty personality, prone to sentiment but never overwhelmed by it, is pleasing, and the rather glib happy ending seems well deserved. A cut above the usual genre of Jewish family sagas. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Wooden characters, stilted dialog, and an improbable love story between two adolescents--a Jewish girl and a black boy--plague this tiresome novel. The scene is the 1980s in Manhattan. Katy Becker is involved in a lawsuit with her brother-in-law to gain the rightful share of her dead husband's estate. Through flashbacks, the reader is transported back to Katy's youth and to her childhood affair with Brad Culver, son of her family's maid. Fraud and financial manipulations introduce the reader to Katy's present life and her affair with millionaire Mike Braden. The love scenes are not steamy, the plot is convoluted, and too many extra names are dropped in an attempt to convey authenticity. Not recommended.-- Stephanie Furtsch, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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1st ed
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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