Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Book Review - "Gossip"

Book Description:

"Loviah "Lovie" French owns a small, high-end dress shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Renowned for her taste and discretion, Lovie is the one to whom certain women turn when they need "just the thing" for major life events—baptisms and balls, weddings and funerals—or when they just want to dish in the dressing room. Among the people who depend on Lovie's confidence are her two best friends since boarding school: Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf.
Outspoken and brimming with confidence, Dinah made a name for herself as a columnist covering the doings of New York's wealthiest and most fabulous. Shy, proper Avis, in many ways Dinah's opposite, rose to prominence in the art world with her quiet manners, hard work, and precise judgment. Despite the deep affection they both feel for Lovie, they have been more or less allergic to each other since a minor incident decades earlier that has been remembered and resented with what will prove to be unimaginable consequences.
These uneasy acquaintances become unwillingly bound to each other when Dinah's favorite son and Avis's only daughter fall in love and marry. On the surface, Nick and Grace are the perfect match—a playful, romantic, buoyant, and beautiful pair. But their commitment will be strained by time and change: career setbacks, reckless choices, the birth of a child, jealousies, and rumor. At the center of their orbit is Lovie, who knows everyone's secrets and manages them as wisely as she can. Which is not wisely enough, as things turn out—a fact that will have a shattering effect on all their lives.
An astute chronicler of everything that makes us human, Beth Gutcheon delivers her most powerful and emotionally devastating novel to date. Gossip is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship, competition, and motherhood that explores the myriad ways we use and abuse "information" about others—be it true, false, or imagined—to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another."

My review:

Gossip is such a strong word as it puts off a certain vibe and is sure to lead to great debate. Gossip often is thought of in a negative manner as it is assumed that if gossiping is occuring then it is something that one would not want to say to another's face and what is being said is best not repeated. Beth Gutcheon's latest novel, "Gossip" focuses on exactly that - gossip and how gossip affects lives in negative and positive ways. The cover of the book is great and I was intrigued by it and it fits the title so perfectly!

Lovie is someone who people come to when they need to talk and she is held in high esteem. Lovie is the main character is the book and it is told from her point of view. I enjoyed Gutcheon's style of writing as I was immediately drawn into the book as I felt as if I were included in the conversations and the plot. Lovie, Dinah and Avis' relationships and interactions with each other were entertaining and enlightening at the same time and realistic. I felt like I was a part of this trio as they were brought to life in the story. Everything has been far from smooth in these women's lives and yet circumstances bring them together and yet also tear them apart as is common in real life. This book is thought-provoking and will make you think about your own relationships and the dynamics of the relationships as well as the impact of gossip in each of our lives.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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