Leaving Sophie Dean

Leaving Sophie Dean

by Alexandra Whitaker


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Leaving Sophie Dean 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gaby317 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed Leaving Sophie Dean. It had been a while since I'd read women's fiction set in a neighborhood that I know so well. The characters live in the South End, Back Bay and Jamaica Plain areas of Boston, and Alexandra Whitaker captures the places so well that they are another character in the story. If you're looking for fun and witty women's fiction, consider how these elements work together: A good-enough marriage that breaks apart when the young mistress lays down an ultimatum - in response to her best friend's dare/taunt. The best friend is a formerly childhood friend who has her own issues with the glamorous, successful, aggressive mistress. The mistress is a little predictable, but her dilemma is certainly novel and makes for great comedy. Sophie Dean blossoms as a character and, in the best tradition of women's fiction, she keeps us laughing as she reclaims her identity and her life. It helps that Sophie's husband remains likable throughout the novel.If you're looking for a fun, romantic comedic escape, I highly recommend Leaving Sophie Dean.ISBN-10: 0446583944 - Paperback $13.99Publisher: 5 Spot; Original edition (March 26, 2012), 352 pages.Review copy courtesy of the publisher.
Williamsburg_Reader More than 1 year ago
Alexandra Whitaker's modern domestic fable blends crystalline interpersonal observations. Unusually, I found myself rooting for both the wife AND the other woman, as the viewpoints of both women protagonists were presented in a very heartfelt way. A tour de force -- I wanted to stand on my chair and cheer.
The_Gunrack_Review More than 1 year ago
The genus of "Leaving Sophie Dean" is that it is so funny and so clever that you think of it as lighter fare. Yet by the time you finish it you have begun to consider all the failed relationships in the "Sophie Dean" context. It becomes your new perspective. It is a difficult book to leave unfinished.