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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (233 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rachel Pastan Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Reminiscent of the work of Laurie Colwin, This Side of Married is a brilliant, ironic, domestic comedy of manners. Full of surprises, yet filled with feeling, it is witty, intelligent, and utterly delicious.

The Rubin daughters are three eligible sisters from an affluent suburban Philadelphia family whose well-meaning but domineering mother is single-mindedly determined to see them all happily married. We meet them at a Sunday brunch, where Dr. Rubin is scheming to introduce her eldest daughter, Alice, to a doctor who is almost too good to be true. But why hasn’t Alice, who is beautiful and smart, been able to find a husband on her own? Is her sister Isabel genuinely happy in her marriage—and if so, why won’t her husband cooperate with her attempts to get pregnant? And is Tina, the youngest of the sisters, as shallow as she seems, or is she something worse than shallow?

Like a modern Jane Austen, Rachel Pastan gives us an utterly delicious novel in which “the mating habits of the subspecies we might call Very Intelligent Women are examined by a writer whose eye is sharp, whose wit is keen, and whose heart is open to the possibilities that love offers” (Ann Packer).

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  • “Rachel Pastan has written a novel about families and falling in love that is at once moving, funny and true. This Side of Married is a wedding bouquet of great wit and affection.”

    Meg Wolitzer

  • “This Side of Married is the kind of smart, funny first novel you read with a perpetual grin, eager to learn the next plot twist, sad to turn the final page.”

    Stephen McCauley

  • This Side of Married is a three-sisters treasure: tender, witty, and filled with love. Rachel Pasten is a wonderful writer.”

    Luanne Rice

  • “Smart and insightful, with just the right combination of common sense and cynicism…Pastan cunningly reveals the myriad sides of being married—the good, the bad, and the ugly—in an engaging look at the current state of love and courtship.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Callee | 2/19/2014

    " I read this one in 3 days while UP North in Michigan. It is a story of 3 sisters and I loved it. I am passing iton to Sara...as usual! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Stacey | 2/9/2014

    " Touted as a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Snooze. I hated it most of the time, the characters were awful, and the writing dull. Told by the perspective of the middle of three sisters one married (but about to get divorced) and two unmarried. Don't waste your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/7/2014

    " Not high brow literature, but a wonderul, clever modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. And, really, can you ever have too many of those? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Courtney | 1/25/2014

    " Very quick read - maybe 6 hours max. I liked that I started this book and finished it within a day or two. I needed something quick and girly. Something light while I'm trying to make it through Anna Karenina. I think I'm looking at years before I finish that one. ;) "

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About the Author

Rachel Pastan is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in a range of publications and earned a number of awards, including the PEN Syndicated Fiction Prize. She lives with her family in Pennsylvania.