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Rise and Shine

by Anna Quindlen

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Meghan is the popular host of America's top-rated morning talk show--until she shatters her seemingly perfect life by letting two profane words slip from her lips just before a commercial break. Suddenly, she is shamed--something she's not equipped to handle. Her sister Bridget, a social worker who has long lived in Meghan's shadow, feels the effects of the on-air gaffe, too. They may be different, but the Fitzmaurice sisters share a deep connection that helps them challenge the world when faced with disgrace.… (more)
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You might love this book if 1) you are a celebrity groupie sort of person...can’t get enough of other people being able to sweep off the Caribbean when life lets them down, or 2) You are a sycophant for New York City and all things New York...it is is the center of the world and it would be better to be in a tiny brownstone there than a palace somewhere else. Otherwise, you might be like me and find it a bit lacking in depth.

I am a sister, and I did not find this sisterly relationship realistic. One of these women is just too extraordinary to believe and one is just too good to believe. By the time I was supposed to see the “other side” of the wealthy, beautiful, talented (use any adjective of this ilk) one, I just didn’t care. The plot took a long time developing, the struggles finally emerged, and then she resolved them all, wrapped it in cellophane, and tied a bow.

I am a fan of Quindlen, have liked her other books that I have read and truly loved Blessings, but this one just wasn’t my fare. Not that it was hard to read or to understand what she meant to be examining, just that it had so little that could be labeled as having meaning and being realistic. I suppose one of the things I have liked most about her writing is that it is, even when improbable, patently realistic. Right up to this book.

I have another of her books that I have not gotten to yet sitting on my shelf. It will sit a while longer, because this one has thrown me off her for a while. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
I really didn't like either of the sisters and found myself waiting for the story to get interesting and improve. It didn't. Overall I would give it a 2.5. ( )
  porte01 | Jan 25, 2021 |
I was very interested in and cared about these characters. I also liked very much that New York City was such an integral part of this story. And now that I am trying to educate myself regarding the history of systemic racism it was interesting how much that was discussed even before it became a hot topic in the general community. I do wish that the book did not have to rely on a tragedy to have a positive conclusion. ( )
  suesbooks | Aug 9, 2020 |
This is the story of two New York sisters – Meghan Fitzmaurice is America’s favourite breakfast television anchor, while younger sister Bridget is a social worker, trying to help women from the Bronx projects find a better life. The sisters are good friends, and life seems to be coasting along nicely – until the day that Meghan, not realising that she is still on air, swears on live television and her career and personal life both go into freefall. The fallout affects not just Meghan, but her husband Evan and their teenage son Leo.

Narrated by Bridget, the story takes in not just the aftermath of Meghan’s error, but is also a love letter of sorts to New York, and a history of the two sisters’ lives as well as their relationships with the men – and other people – in their lives.

I wasn’t too sure what to make of this book. On the one hand, I definitely think Anna Quindlen is a talented writer and I found myself reading large chunks in one go which is always a good sign (a bad sign is when I put a book down after a few pages and look for something else to distract myself). On the other hand….I felt slightly removed from the action. This was not one of those books where you feel excited to find out what will happen next and neither did I really care about any of the characters. Although the on-air gaffe was entirely unbelievable, the incredible over-reaction to it was not so much. I didn’t warm to Meghan much at all, and possibly this was because the story was narrated by Bridget – even though Bridget is possibly her sister’s biggest supporter. I think it was an interesting idea to have the sister as the narrator, but it would have been quite nice to see Meghan’s point of view, even if perhaps they alternated chapter narrations.

From other reviews I’ve read it seems that fans of Quindlen’s other books were largely disappointed with this one. For me, this was actually the first book of hers that I’ve read and I would probably be interested in trying another on the back of it. ( )
  Ruth72 | Jul 7, 2018 |
Not my favorite Quindlen, but very well-written as always. ( )
  SukieClaus | May 31, 2018 |
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Fame is a bee. It has a song- It has a sting- Ah, too, it has a wing. - Emily Dickinson
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For Maria Krovatin, the star. Fearless, powerful, utterly amazing. I want to be you when I grow up.
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From time to time some stranger will ask me how I can bear to live in New York City.
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Meghan is the popular host of America's top-rated morning talk show--until she shatters her seemingly perfect life by letting two profane words slip from her lips just before a commercial break. Suddenly, she is shamed--something she's not equipped to handle. Her sister Bridget, a social worker who has long lived in Meghan's shadow, feels the effects of the on-air gaffe, too. They may be different, but the Fitzmaurice sisters share a deep connection that helps them challenge the world when faced with disgrace.

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It's an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice's perfect life hits a wall. A household name as the host of 'Rise and Shine', the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she utters two forbidden words into her open mike.

In an instant, it's the end of an era - not only for Meghan, who is unaccustomed to dealing with adversity, but also for her younger sister, Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow.

The effect of Meghan's on-air truth-telling reverberates through both of their lives, affecting Meghan's son, husband, friends, and fans, as well as Bridget's perception of her sister, their complex childhood, and herself. What follows is a story about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice women adapt, survive, and manage to bring the whole teeming world of New York to heel, by dint of their smart mouths, quick wits, and the powerful connection between them that even the worst tragedy cannot shatter.
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