The Resource Fin & Lady, Cathleen Schine

Fin & Lady, Cathleen Schine

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Fin & Lady
Title
Fin & Lady
Statement of responsibility
Cathleen Schine
Title variation
Fin and Lady
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Language
eng
Summary
In the Greenwich Village of 1964, eleven-year-old Fin moves in with his glamorous, careless older sister, and it's hard to tell who's raising whom
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Review
  • In Schine’s (The Three Weissmanns of Westport, 2010) latest, Fin, named for the final screen in a French movie and orphaned at 11, comes under the guardianship of his crazy 24-year-old half sister, Lady. They share a father whose strong personality and great wealth cannot be escaped. It is 1964, and life in New York City, particularly Greenwich Village, is freewheeling and exciting, especially with pots of money and no real adult supervision. They have a strong love bond, and Fin comes to know that he is looking after Lady as much as she is taking care of him. She wants to be married by 25, but Fin doesn’t like two of her three suitors. Schine conceals the identity of the narrator until the end, a revelation that brings the story full circle. Schine has created a sweet, charming, and nostalgic look at a world-changing era, shadowed by the Vietnam War and charged by the civil rights movement, populated by characters readers will love, in a novel that gently explores what it means to be a family. -- Hoover, Danise (Reviewed 06-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 19, p31)
  • Schine’s new novel (after Alice in Bed) is an entertaining, sometimes perplexing exploration of family bonds and bondage. When Fin is orphaned at the age of 11, Lady, his half-sister, takes him in, pulling him away from the dairy farm in rural Connecticut to the Greenwich Village of the mid-1960s. Lady has always been a shining figure to Fin, who was too young to understand the falling-out she had with their father. Now, Fin and Lady form an unconventional family, set against a tumultuous political and social climate. At times the novel has echoes of Auntie Mame; at others, Dawn Powell. The narrator’s voice is used so sparingly as to intrude when it is used, and the reader gets ahead of the story in figuring out who this shadowy figure is in the tale. The bond between Fin and Lady is strong, but the story itself breaks little new ground and doesn’t reveal anything new about the era or the longings of those experiencing it. Schine writes lively dialogue and excels at sensory detail, especially early on, before the plot becomes predictable, as the novel wavers precariously between satiric comedy-of-manners and something more serious. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 20, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 20, p)
  • The tale of an unprepared relative thrust into parenting a newly orphaned child usually takes a comedic bent and wraps up with a newfound romance and emotional maturity. Eleven-year-old Fin and his stepsister Lady twist that arc. They haven't seen each other in six years, not since Fin accompanied his parents to Europe to pull a runaway Lady back home. Lady, unrepentant and defiantly unconventional (though enjoying the ease her family's wealth provides) is as beautiful as she is unstable. Raising Fin doesn't help resolve her relationships with a trio of suitors, and Fin finds himself reenacting a European pursuit. Readers whose interest may begin to flag over Fin's adoration of Lady should hang on for a final plot twist. VERDICT A good summer read for those who like their family dramas with more bite than sweetness. [See Prepub Alert, 1/25/13.]— Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll. Lib., NC --Jan Blodgett (Reviewed July 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 12, p75)
  • In her newest, about a young boy raised by his madcap half sister, Schine (The Three Wiessmanns of Westport, 2010, etc.) joins the spate of recent authors attempting to capture the zeitgeist of the 1960s. In 1964, after 11-year-old Fin's mother dies, he leaves the Connecticut farm where he's lived since his father's death to live in Manhattan with his new guardian, his father's daughter from his first marriage. Although she is Fin's only living relative, the last time they were together was six years earlier, when he went with his parents to Capri, where Lady had run away to avoid a socially acceptable marriage. Now 24, Lady is a mix of Auntie Mame and Holly Golightly--beautiful, effervescent and emotionally wounded. Whether carefree or careless, she is luckily extremely rich. She moves Fin into a hip but far from shabby Greenwich Village brownstone and enrolls him in a progressive school without desks or grading. She throws wild parties, drives a convertible, roots for the Mets and dabbles in leftist politics. She also puts Fin in charge of finding her a suitable husband. She has three suitors: Tyler, the fiance she jilted at the altar as a pregnant 18-year-old, has become the still besotted if bitter lawyer in charge of Fin's financial estate; handsome, not-too-bright jock Jack's appeal lies in his preppy shallowness; then there is Fin's choice, Biffi, a Hungarian Jew who survived World War II to become an art dealer of genuine kindness and wit. But the deep-seated sorrow peaking up through Biffi's charm scares Lady off. Loved by all three men, she's unable to love anyone except Fin and their black housekeeper, Mable, a character who defies conventional stereotypes and thus personifies the upheavals in the decade's civil rights movement. Then she returns to Capri and discovers the joy and danger of being in love herself. Schine offers up a bittersweet lemon soufflé of family love and romantic passion.(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2013)
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Schine, Cathleen
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fiction
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  • Brothers and sisters
  • Guardian and ward
  • Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
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Fin & Lady, Cathleen Schine
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn830681057
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780374154905
Lccn
2013005510
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)830681057
Label
Fin & Lady, Cathleen Schine
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn830681057
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780374154905
Lccn
2013005510
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)830681057

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