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By Jen­nifer Weiner Si­mon & Schus­ter, $ 32.99 FANS of Jen­nifer Weiner’s best­selling nov­els will no doubt set­tle in for a great read with a box of tis­sues at the ready, but al­though they’re not nec­es­sar­ily re­quired for this story of a mother a nd t wo daugh­ters whose lives de­rail simul-taneously, Weiner knows how to weave a com­pelling tale. When US Sen­a­tor Richard Woodruff is caught in an em­bar­rass­ing sex s can­dal, his s hat­tered wife Sylvie heads to the old fam­ily home by the beach. She is soon joined by her seem­ingly hap­pily mar­ried daugh­ter Diana, and Lizzie, a re­cov­er­ing ad­dict ( the cover art strangely de­picts her as ei­ther se­verely height - chal­lenged, or a teen). Both are fac­ing a ma­jor cri­sis. Here, the three women con­front their demons, and grad­u­ally break down the fa­cades they have spent years cre­at­ing for them­selves. Hu­man frail­ties are Weiner’s trade­mark, vul­ner­a­bil­ity is a spe­cialty, and a movie adap­ta­tion – in­evitable.

In a word: En­gross­ing

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