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This Side of Married (edition 2004)

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Title:This Side of Married
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Info:Viking Adult (2004), Edition: First edition., Hardcover, 272 pages
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This Side of Married by Rachel Pastan

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Honestly, Jane Austen spinoffs and retellings are hard to pull off, and I have yet to find one that matches the real Austen. Rachel Pastan’s debut novel is no different: it’s a rather bland walk-through of the beloved PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, only set in modern-day Philadelphia and without the mostly useless Mary and Kitty.

Out of Dr. Evelyn Rubin’s three grown daughters, only the middle one, Isabel, is married, to a lawyer named Theo. Alice, at thirty-eight, is the eldest and never seems to have any luck when it comes to long-lasting, marriage-bound relationships. And Tina, twenty-nine, blissfully runs through men like shower water and has only two worries: herself, and her body.

All of a sudden, however, things begin to turn upside down. Alice gets together with a colleague of her mother’s, Anthony Wolfe, who seems perfect and completely enchanted with Alice. Meanwhile, Isabel, struggling with her inability to conceive, begins to reevaluate her marriage to Theo and tries to figure out her identity, thanks to the goading of Anthony’s smug friend, Simon Goldenstern, whom she takes an immediate dislike to once Simon pegs her as a “little missus” upon first meeting.

The ending is surprising and pleasant only to those who do not know how PRIDE AND PREJUDICE ends. The rest of us will simply be disappointed with how little Pastan’s characters live up to who they’re clearly based on. ( )
  stephxsu | Dec 22, 2008 |
A Swarthmore novelist! Her first. She has talent - I think her next book will be better. This was slightly slight - a Jane Austen takeoff about three daughters and their mother, trying to get themselves or be happily married. She needs more depth, somehow, but I feel that she'll get there. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670033065, Hardcover)

Rachel Pastan’s first novel is pure pleasure-a crisp and witty page-turner for smart women everywhere. The Rubin daughters are three eligible sisters from an affluent suburban Philadelphia family whose well-meaning but domineering mother is single-mindedly determined to see them all happily married.

The book opens at a Sunday brunch where Dr. Rubin, mother and obstetrician, is scheming to introduce her eldest daughter, Alice, to a doctor who is almost too good to be true. But why hasn’t Alice been able to find a husband on her own? Is her sister Isabel, the real heroine of the story, genuinely happy in her marriage? And is Tina, the youngest of the sisters, as shallow as she seems, or is she something worse than shallow?

Reminiscent of the work of Laurie Colwin, This Side of Married is a brilliant, ironic domestic comedy of manners. Full of surprises, yet filled with feeling, This Side of Married is witty, intelligent, and utterly delicious.

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"The Rubin daughters are three eligible women from an affluent, suburban Philadelphia family whose well-meaning but domineering mother, Dr. Evelyn Rubin, has one defining wish: to see each of them happily married." "The oldest daughter - dreamy, idealistic Alice - is about to tumble head over heels into a speedy engagement; the middle, sensible daughter, Isabel, has already tied the knot, although less than happily; and the baby of the family, Tina, is blithely single, though always dreaming of the perfect wedding to come." "As various men enter from the wings, the daughters' lives are thrown into unexpected upheaval - from Theo, Isabel's lawyer husband, who is hardly the idealistic young man he once was; to Anthony Wolf, the promising cardiologist to whom Dr. Rubin introduces Alice; to Simon Goldenstern, Anthony's sardonic journalist friend who does everything in his power to protect the girls from their own susceptibility to charm; to the family's long-lost environmentalist cousin, Soren Zank, who made his first fortune in Silicon Valley and enters the Rubin sisters' lives like an enthusiastic dog upsetting the furniture - just in time to alter the course of what seems to be true love."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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