Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gossip-Beth Gutcheon


Beth Gutcheon

Morrow, Mar 20 2012, $25.99

ISBN: 9780061931420

On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Loviah "Lovie" French operates a high-end dress shop known for its exquisite taste and its proprietor’s discretion; Lovie overhears all sorts of gossip from a virtual who’s who of New York. Lovie’s two best friends Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf, who she met at boarding school, despise each other over some long ago and minor (in Lovie’s mind) incident. Dinah has become a gossip columnist covering New York's upper class while Avis has become an art guru.

Fate has a way of treating people with fickleness. Dinah’s son Nick and Avis’ daughter Grace fall in love and marry. They seem like the perfect couple, but beneath the pubic veneer lay resentment and anger as misinformation threatens their relationship. Lovie guards everyone’s secrets that she knows, but her loyalty may prove misplaced as a tragic tsunami floods the lives of people she cherishes. Filled with regret, Lovie ponders if keeping confidences was a mistake.

With the misinformation and disinformation in the Republican primary impacting the results, Beth Gutcheon provides a timely family drama that focuses on the impact of unchallenged false information built from seemingly creditable data on people. Character driven by a strong ensemble cast, readers will appreciate Lovie’s loyalty though it proves misplaced.

Harriet Klausner

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