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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (394 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucinda Rosenfeld Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Perfect. Pretty. Political. For nearly forty years, The Hellinger sisters of Hastings-on-Hudson namely, Imperia (Perri), Olympia (Pia), and Augusta (Gus), have played the roles set down by their loving but domineering mother Carol. Perri, a mother of three, rules her four-bedroom palace in Westchester with a velvet fist, managing to fold even fitted sheets into immaculate rectangles. Pia, a gorgeous and fashionable Chelsea art gallery worker, still turns heads after becoming a single mother via sperm donation. And Gus, a fiercely independent lawyer and activist, doesn’t let her break-up from her girlfriend stop her from attending New Year’s Day protests on her way to family brunch.

But the Hellinger women aren’t pulling off their roles the way they once did. Perri, increasingly filled with rage over the lack of appreciation from her recently unemployed husband Mike, is engaging in a steamy text flirtation with a college fling. Meanwhile Pia, desperate to find someone to share in the pain and joy of raising her three-year-old daughter Lola, can’t stop fantasizing about Donor #6103. And Gus, heartbroken over the loss of her girlfriend, finds herself magnetically drawn to Jeff, Mike’s frat boy of a little brother. Each woman is unable to believe that anyone, especially her sisters, could understand what it’s like to be her. But when a freak accident lands their mother in the hospital, a chain of events is set in motion that will send each Hellinger sister rocketing out of her comfort zone, leaving her to wonder: was this the role she was truly born to play?

With The Pretty One, author Lucinda Rosenfeld does for siblings what she did for female friendship in I’m So Happy for You, turning her wickedly funny and sharply observant eye on the pleasures and punishments of lifelong sisterhood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Appealingly dark.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In this impish new novel from the author of I’m So Happy For You, three sisters who have grown up cranky and competitive are itching to shed the stereotypes they’ve always represented to one another and their parents…By the time everything’s resolved, you’ll have come to love them in all their hilarious imperfection.”


  • “Rosenfeld does do a stellar job of developing each personality, and the characters remain true to their nature throughout.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A witty character study of that contentious organism: sisterhood.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Although the novel’s twists and turns are entertaining, it’s the sisters’ realistic swings from jealousy to unity that make it compelling. Once again, the author of I’m So Happy for You portrays women with insight.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alisa | 2/20/2014

    " Great book if you have sisters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/12/2014

    " How could I not enjoy a book about three sisters? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Doreen | 2/12/2014

    " This was given to me by the author. Thanks again Ms. Rosenfeld. I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down. It is like seeing your family from different perspectives. Every family has siblings that are labelled, "the smart one", "the pretty one", etc. The characters in this story are believable, and human. At times, I felt as if I could be reading about my own family. Everyone should read this book! Loved it! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katie | 2/7/2014

    " I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. I wasn't familiar with the author before I read her book. I can't wait to read her previous book on friendships. It outta be good too! "

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