With her modern-day comedies of manners that garner comparisons to Jane Austen and George Eliot, critically acclaimed writer Cathleen Schine turns out social satires with heart. With their literary allusions and insider's quips, Schine's novels never underestimate her readers' love of great literature.
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New York, New York, and Venice, California
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B.A., Barnard College, 1976
|A Writer's Research|
|In our exclusive interview, Schine revealed the lengths to which she'll go when researching a book. "The Love Letter was about a bookseller, so I worked in a bookstore in an attempt to understand the art of bookselling," she recalls. "I discovered that selling books is an interdisciplinary activity, the disciplines being: literary critic, psychologist, and stevedore. I was fired immediately for total incompetence and chaos and told to sit in the back and observe, no talking, no touching.”|
|A Dazzling Debut||Favorite Writers and Reads|
|Alice in Bed|
In her "sprightly first novel" (John Updike, in The New Yorker), Schine presents an unlikely heroine in Alice, a woman whose body -- but certainly not her spirit -- is trapped in a Manhattan convalescent home.
|Our Mutual Friend|
"It was a startling, liberating, exhilarating moment that reminded me what English can be, what characters can be, what humor can be," recalls Schine of her first encounter with Dickens's classic Our Mutual Friend. Read our interview with Schine to learn more about her favorite writers and reads, including: