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This Side of Married (edition 2004)
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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.
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