The Smart One
Ellen Meister

Rating 4

Bev is the Smart One, who finally leaves her artistic ambitions in chalk dust (and her humor-impaired husband in the arms—and legs—of his nubile protégée) to become a schoolteacher. Clare is the Pretty One, who married well and seems to be living a designer version of the suburban dream. Joey is the Wild One, struggling to stay clean and sober now that she’s used up her fifteen minutes of fame as a one-hit-wonder rock star.

They love each other but mix like oil, water, and hundred-proof gin . . . a combination that threatens to combust over family tensions, suspected infidelities, a devastating accident, a stunning confession, and the sudden reappearance of their handsome, now all-grown-up former neighbor, Kenny Waxman, who’s back in town making his mark as a TV comedy writer.

It seems they’ll never understand where their differences begin and their own destructive tendencies end. Then it happens: the sisters discover a decades-old body stuffed inside an industrial drum and begin a bold, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious journey that will either bring them together . . . or tear them apart for good.

REVIEW: I got this book because I know Ellen from Cafemom where we are in a couple of groups together. Seeing as I knew her I thought that I would give her book a try as I have heard her talk about it for months now. At first I was leary about whether I would be able to objective about the book. I am very happy to say that by page two I had forgotten that she is a friend and was caught up in Bev and her life. I loved the story between the sisters and also the former boy next door. This is a great light read for anybody that has sisters (of which I have 3 not counting sisters-in-laws, so far have 3 of those also), and feels like they have been overlooked.


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