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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: August 2006 ISBN: 9781436101349
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Audie Award winner. When the host of the Rise and Shine talk show curses into a live mike, her job goes up in flames. Her mistake affects her career, her relationship with her son, her sister, husband, friends, and fans. But change isn't all bad <# Download and start listening now!

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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.” 

    Booklist

  • “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.” 

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  • 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 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 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 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 Jennifer | 2/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brigid | 2/5/2014

    " A fun read! What would life be like if you were "Katie Couric" and her not-so-glamorous sister? Read this and find out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marvin | 1/24/2014

    " I think Quindlen is an amazing writer. I love her short essays for NEWSWEEK, & I've loved all of her novels. And I really shouldn't have liked this one. It's a book about New York City (very consciously so--the first sentence is: "From time to time some stanger will ask me how I can bear to live in New York City"--and that notion is repeated in various forms throughout the book), and it's in some ways a book of manners, like the 19th-century English novels I don't like. Furthermore, it's very much about the contemporary obsessions of academia--race, class, and gender--and about nontraditional families. BUT her characters & their emotions are so richly portrayed & so real that she breaks down the abstractions of the categories and in so doing illuminates them. (That's what makes her essays so good, too.) This one's about two adult sisters, in their 40s. One is America's best-known morning talk show anchor; the other runs a shelter for (mostly African American) women in the Bronx. When the "successful" one faces a career crisis, it affects her relationships with her sister, her husband, her college-age son, & her friends, and we, as readers, are witness to all the fascinating ramifications. Another Quindlen miracle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna Johnson | 1/21/2014

    " This book seemed to have potential, but it quickly fizzled out. There were too many characters to keep track of. There was also too much commentary about about the social lives of the rich in NYC. The 2 main characters came off as shallow because of this. Also, the life changing event that Meghan experiences did not live up to the "hype". Once I got to the part where she ruins her career, I almost quit reading the book. The only character that was somewhat likeable was Leo. There were also a lot of stereotypes in the book (Bridget, the white social worker who works with the homeless; the black characters who live in the projects; the "good" white kid who get shot by black gang bangers because he is friends with a black girl). This book could have gone in so many directions and none of them were correct. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 1/19/2014

    " Some successful writers seem to achieve a completed work through some sort of strictly mechanical process, where unique details are woven onto an existing framework. This was one of those books. I suppose it means I don't have to be as good a writer as I think I do in order to be successful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dona | 1/18/2014

    " A co-worker lent this to me saying, it's an easy read. She didn't tell me that I wouldn't be able to put it down. I really like it, some surprises, was an emotional read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhodora | 1/15/2014

    " Sister of a famous morning show personality examines their relationship after a tragedy. Well written book that does show sisters are complicated creatures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gale | 1/8/2014

    " A good read, but I didn't like it as much as her previous books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence Primrose | 12/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story of two orphaned sisters as adults, the elder a morning TV personality and the younger who had tried many careers before becoming a social worker. The story was entertaining as we learn to see the sisters behind their facades. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 12/5/2013

    " It was an ok book---easy read, no thinking involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 12/2/2013

    " This book started out really fluffy, which I found very confusing, b/c that's really not Anna Quindlen's style. It got much more interesting in the second half, and I ended up really enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/21/2013

    " Good story about the lives and careers of two very different sisters. One wealthy and on TV, the other is in social work "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/19/2013

    " Quick, easy, great characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victory Wong | 8/22/2013

    " Tried to like, never could get into it. The sisters were just not real enough to me as characters, so I didn't care enough what happened to them. Durn it. Not worth the time to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Ewens | 5/18/2013

    " Loved it. I love her voice and her characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexia | 12/10/2012

    " Lame. Boring and contrived. I expected much more from Anna Quindlen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal | 10/27/2012

    " This is a book that made me miss my sisters, since it's about two sisters. Lots of vulgar language in it, but I loved the plot. A fun summer/at the beach read. Didn't take too much concentration, but remained entertaining through to the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Abramowitz | 7/10/2012

    " I loved reading her pieces in the op-Ed pages of the NY Times, but this novel just didn't have the same kind of impact on me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renate | 6/23/2012

    " By the end of this book, I was so sick reading about how fabulous New York is and that "real New Yorkers" would never do this or that (when certain situations would come up in the story). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Mankevich | 4/30/2012

    " this was alright. i finished it, and it did give me some enjoyment, but it wasnt one of those books that i couldnt put down. i was a little disappointed, honestly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 12/5/2011

    " I wasnt crazy about this book...I think because I didnt like the two main characters...They were annoying to me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larissa | 11/8/2011

    " I love Anna Quindlen and everything she writes. End of story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tzviya | 10/16/2011

    " This was a fun read, with Anna Quindlen's voice apparent throughout. It's not high fiction, but it's a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 6/16/2011

    " Couldn't put this book down until I was finished. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tbellone | 5/23/2011

    " Not a great story. A quick read. I enjoy her writing style but the story was not very compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/16/2011

    " I thought this was a nice story. BUT it didn't really do anything for me. I couldn't really connect to any of the characters. I didn't really feel like the story taught me anything and I didn't really have any special feelings about any of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melisa | 5/7/2011

    " I like it when a book pulls me in immediately and always has me looking forward to another chance to read more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 5/3/2011

    " It took a long time for me to really get interested in this book, I didn't really get engaged until the last third of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 4/25/2011

    " enjoyable story of two orphaned sisters raised by the aunt...and the families they created in a very modern setting. A believable characters that I cared for. excellent writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 4/7/2011

    " Very good read!!! Love the NY lifestyle descriptions from many perspectives. The ending is a little abrupt. The story could have continued a little longer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/4/2011

    " I tried. I tried listening to the audio, I tried reading the book. It's just so...trite. I finally skipped to the end and am SUPER glad I didn't waste any more time trying. More of the same...ugh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 3/26/2011

    " A disappointment - not up to Anna Quindlen's usual caliber. I felt no connection to any of the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaime | 3/24/2011

    " An ok book...a little on the unbelieveable side though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 3/20/2011

    " One of her early ones, I'm guessing, and not as good as some later ones. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 3/19/2011

    " Fluffy TV-movie-of-the-week material. Cardboard characters. Mindless escapism. The Bridget character is waaaay more compelling than Megan. For beach-read material, there are better stories out there than this one. "

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About the Author
Author Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at the New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections. She currently lives in New York with her husband and children.

About the Narrator

Carol Monda is an award-winning actor known for her work in Out of Season, After You Left, and The Gentlemen. She is an accomplished voice-over artist and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, having lent her voice to over one hundred audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers by Jodi Picoult, Lucia Berlin, Lisa Jackson, Chuck Palahniuk, Colum McCann, and Carla Neggers.