The Three Weissmann’s Of Westport by Cathleen Schine
Betty Weissmann could not have been more shocked than when her husband Joseph, at the age of 78 declared that he wanted a divorce. Having been the loving doting wife for most of her life, Betty did not really know what her next step would be. She was almost as equally shocked when she discovers the woman he works with is his mistress and Betty is exiled from their New York apartment because Joseph has been sweet talked by his mistress that the apartment would just be too much of a burden for poor Betty. While the divorce has everything on lock down until things are sorted through, Betty finds herself left with no choice but to go and stay at their run down beach cottage in Connecticut.
Betty’s daughter’s Miranda, an impulsive literary agent and Annie a level headed Library Director, come to Betty’s side to stay with her at the collate while things are sorted through. Both girls find themselves the products of a broken home at middle age.
The Three Weissmann’s Of Westport is a book I pulled off my shelf for our recent trip to Mexico. It looked like just the type of read I would enjoy while sitting at the pool. I was right. The book I found right from the start shocking, a 78 year old man after spending more than 50 years of his life with a woman decides to throw it all away for a younger, prettier, and quite honestly…. gold digger. I found myself flying through the pages waiting for Joseph to come to his senses.
Well…. I can not tell you that. I can say the ending was not as I had thought it would be. It left me thinking. That’s not a bad thing.
This book has been compared to a modern day Sense and Sensibility. I will let you be the judge of that. Over all a pleasant enough read. The characters are not always likable, the story line at times is frustrating, and still…. there is something about the Weissmann’s.
Beach read worthy? Yes.
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books; First Edition edition (February 2, 2010)