The New Yorkers

The New Yorkers

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The New Yorkers by Schine, Leanne Shapton


The best-selling author of The Love Letter enchants readers again with a sweet and funny comedy of manners—complete with dogs.

As anyone who has walked a dog in any city knows, dogs bring people together who would otherwise never meet. On one humble, rent-controlled block of Upper East Side Manhattan, neighbors become neighborly because of their dogs, and the canines are cupids for their sometimes lonely, often eccentric, and hopelessly romantic humans.

Like Polly and Everett, who briefly distract each other from heartache—until Everett realizes he is more in love with Howdy, Polly's dog, than with Polly. And Jody, who ponders a marriage proposal from Simon while walking her dog, Beatrice. Simon doesn't have a dog, but he courts Jody by waiting along Beatrice's walking path and dining at the corner Korean restaurant that allows dogs. George (Polly's sister) is looking for life direction, not love, and Howdy (Polly's dog) leads him right to it. Doris hates dogs—until she gets one of her own.

In The New Yorkers, as in life, dogs compel their masters to take part in the community, make friends, fall in love—and learn more about themselves and human nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374221836
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Love Letter and Rameau's Niece, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

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New Yorkers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I was not sure if I would like the book,but as I read more I got caught up in these crazy dog loving New Yorkers. It made me feel like I wanted to move to new york and get a dog'which I don't like dogs'.
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A light read, sometimes difficult to keep the characters sorted, but overall enjoyable.
tipstopten More than 1 year ago
A light, enjoyable, easy read about strangers living on the same block in a small area in NYC who meet mostly through their dogs and interact in interesting ways. I loved it!
Mayosister More than 1 year ago
This was a light, easy book to read, and anyone who loves dogs, romance, and NYC will enjoy it. It was a great vacation book - - you could lose yourselves in the characters and intertwining stories of their lives.
kmm More than 1 year ago
This was my first but definitely not last Cathleen Shine book. Her writing flows so effortlessly just as another favorite author---Maeve Binchy---As one who walks dogs and has made so many acquaintances through our mutual past time, it's simple to relate to many of the characters.
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I picked this up because it talked about a dog named Buster on the back cover (my dog is a Buster). There is no 'Buster' in the book but it is a delightful story of an odd group of people who live in the same New York neighborhood -- it is the story of how their lives intermingle and how sometimes it is the 'dog' that brings out the best in people. If you are a dog owner, you'll truly enjoy this book. I don't fall in love with an author on just one read, but I'm going to read another Cathleen Schine book. She may become one of my favorites.
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GCG More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. It was, for the most part, upbeat and funny. The characters were well-rounded and thought out and could have been many of the people living in my own neighborhood. Admittedly I am a dog lover. The fact that the story was centered around how the characters interacted with their dogs and how much they loved them was very enjoyable. You don't have to love animals to appreciate the story but my guess is that you will by the time you're done reading or listening to it.
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This is a great light hearted story.It is interesting how true that dogs introduce one to so many differant people.I lived in a fantastic dog neighborhood in Sf and it kept me laughing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing makes me happier than a new novel from Cathleen Schine. Her books remind me of my favorite French movies, though this one is set in New York and called The New Yorkers. It captures the city with affection and sly humor and a cast of memorable humans and even more memorable dogs-- the perfect book to linger over in a sidewalk café. And Schine can sum up the complications of life with a marvelous light comic touch. One character¿s ¿wrathful daze¿ is attributed to the fact that ¿[s]he had pushed away the only man she had almost wanted to marry.¿
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
'New York, New York, It's a wonderful town!' Composers sing New York's praises, poets rhyme its virtues, diarists trace adventures there, and authors set tales in this iconic city. Cathleen Schine, author of The Love Letter, has written another billet-doux with The New Yorkers, a brilliant, comic take on one city block in Manhattan and those who live there. Said block is just a short stroll from Central Park which, of course, made it a favorite of dog owners and professional dog walkers. '...so the street, not distinguished by great beauty to begin with, was not terribly clean either. And yet, it was the loveliest street I have ever lived on. And the most interesting.' It is, indeed, the most interesting as it is home to school teachers, eccentrics the retired, up-and-coming wannabes, the homeless, and all manner of outre characters, each drawn with perception and precision by this accomplished author. Jody, known by her colleagues as 'Good Old Jody,' has lived in her studio apartment for 20 years. It is there that she endures sleepless nights then greets the day with a smile. A spinster, as she sometimes thinks of herself, she decides to get a cat. However, when she visits the ASPCA she finds an aged pit bull mix who had been found somewhere in the Bronx. A female, the dog is huge with a great lolling tongue and Jody names her Beatrice. On a particularly cold, icy day Jody is walking Beatrice when she sees Everett, another block dweller. He is a man of 50, divorced, bored, depressed, despite Prozac, but possessed of a stunning smile. Jody immediately falls in love, and takes to daily walks with the bow legged Beatrice past Everett's door. Polly is a young woman who, as a child was awed by the sound of her own voice. She is pretty, demanding and suffering from a love affair gone terribly wrong. She moves onto the block when she discovers an abandoned puppy in an apartment closet. It's not long before her brother, George, shares the apartment with her and the puppy, now known as Howdy. 'George, twenty-eight years old, had been a child prodigy. No one knew it. Except George.' When we meet him he still has not discovered his exact area of expertise. Then, there is Simon, who lives in a ground floor one bedroom apartment. He is 48, and takes the subway to work every day, where he labors as 'an asocial social worker in the far-off fields of Riverdale and carried a briefcase swollen with files pertaining to those whom he thought of as the unfortunate, the unhappy, and the unkempt.' There are more characters, of course, each finely painted, all memorable, and very human. As the days pass the lives of these people intersect in different ways, and we are privy to their thoughts and aspirations, their successes and their failures. The New Yorkers is fun, sophisticated, revealing. Cathleen Schine tells a doggone good story - don't miss it! - Gail Cooke