widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older
sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot’s luxurious
Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a
fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it’s a chance to shake Gwen out of
her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third
boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony.
As the three
swap money-making schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating
world, the arrival of Margot’s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment
downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of
unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in
middle age, this is a cracklingly witty, deeply sweet novel from one of our
finest comic writers.
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