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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Quindlen Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of Rise and Shine, the country’s highest rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It’s the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has lived always in Meghan’s long shadow.

The effect of Meghan’s on-air profanity—and truth telling—is felt by her son, her husband, her friends, her fans, and even the city of New York, the capitol of appearance over reality. But above all it transforms the sister with whom she’s shared everything, even the mixed blessings of fame. What follows is a story about a city big enough to hold prep school rappers, rich poseurs, familiar strangers, and autograph seekers in the ladies room at black tie balls. But ultimately it’s about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice girls whip the place into shape. Meghan and Bridget, Bridget and Meghan: They share smart mouths, a fractured childhood, and a powerful connection that even the worst tragedy can’t rupture.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The prose is top-notch.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Quindlen pens a lavishly perceptive homage to the city she loves, while her transcendentally agile and empathic observations of the human condition underlie the Fitzmaurice sisters’ discovery of the transience of fame and the permanence of family.” 


  • “Quindlen has created a thoroughly engaging story peppered with memorable characters, who are humorously and touchingly drawn. Highly recommended.”  

    Library Journal

  • “Told explosively in today’s clipped vernacular, this beautifully performed novel exhibits the attention to detail for which Charles Dickens and Edith Wharton are justly famous. It’s a cross between a thriller and a novel of manners. Or rather, it’s a thrilling novel of manners.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bj Travis Thomas | 2/16/2014

    " In the first half of the book I wanted to know more about what Meghan was thinking - seemed to be Bridget's views. However, as the book progressed Meghan became more personal. Basically I thought it was a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nancy Faulkner | 2/15/2014

    " I have to admit I didn't make it all the way through this book. I LOVE Anna Quindlen but I didn't like the characters in this one. Since her books are heavy in character development I couldn't stick with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting story line, however it moved slowly. The ending was alluded to throughout the book, but it felt like the true "meat" of what happens did not occur until the last few chapters. My personal tatste would have been for more details in the climax portion of the story and less in the back ground but overall still an entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/6/2014

    " Read this because I love Anna Quindlen. Finished it because I love Anna Quindlen. V. disappointed in Anna Quindlen. "

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