DoubleX discusses Cathleen Schine's new novel, The Three Weissmanns of Westport.

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March 25 2010 6:39 AM

DoubleX Audio Book Club: The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Our critics discuss Cathleen Schine's new novel.

The Three Weissmans of Westport by Cathleen Schine.

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This month, the DoubleX audio book club discusses The Three Weissmanns of Westport, the latest novel of Cathleen Schine, author of Rameau's Niece. A chick-lit update of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, the novel follows the fate of Betty Weissman, recently divorced by her husband of 48 years, and her two daughters, whose lives are also falling apart in various ways. A Jewish patriarch loans them his cabin where they run into various unlikely characters: a soap opera star, a massage therapist, a famous author.

Hanna Rosin discusses whether there is such a thing as high chick lit. Margaret Talbot admires Schine's decision to make the older Betty the most compelling character and focus on older women in general. Emily Bazelon muses about the relationship between the sensible and the overemotional sister. Other books to which the Gabfesters compare Schine's novel include Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. All agree the novel is an enjoyable beach read but one they would not recommend to their husbands.

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Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Margaret Talbot is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

Emily Bazelon was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.


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