Read and Recommended: The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Read and Recommended: The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Cathleen Schine, The Three Weissmans of Westport

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

The Weismanns have had better years. After nearly fifty years of marriage, Betty's husband wants a divorce. Younger daughter Miranda's company is melting down in grand public fashion. Oldest daughter Annie is pulled into the drama by both family and social connections. And now the three women find themselves settling in a cozy beach cottage, in need of serious repair, and far removed from the downtown lifestyles they left behind. A modern remix of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility--with a few plot twists of its own.

It was a pattern she was intimately familiar with. Love arrived; one was lucky enough to feel its warmth; then the season passed, and one shivered in the cold․‥Love was eternal, even if lovers are not.Cathleen Schine, The Three Weismanns of Westport

Why I recommend this book

I'm a big fan of Jane Austen and the drama, romance, and social escapades in her work. I was leery to read something billed as an homage to the original, and I was surprised with how much I enjoyed The Three Weismanns. Although the shades of Sense and Sensibility are present, this novel stands on its own, triumphant. Funny and poignant.

Schine on!


'I am drawn to exceptional people,' Rosalyn said. 'It is my vice.' Then she smiled at the absurdity of someone like herself having something as tasteless as a vice.Cathleen Schine

Writing ideas inspired by this book

  • Taking story from a classic novel and reworking it, both to fit modern lives and to give it a few twists.
  • Characters that are lovable and flawed and easy to commiserate with.  

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