“A gifted storyteller...her characters are intelligent, brave, and witty...human and real.”
—Susan Isaacs, New York Times Book Review
The critically acclaimed author of Good-bye and Amen, Leeway Cottage, and More Than You Know, Beth Gutcheon returns with Gossip, a sharply perceptive and emotionally resonant novel about the power of knowing things about others, the consequences of rumor, and the unexpected price of friendship. A story set among the rich, famous, and well-dressed of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Gossip is a bravura display of this exceptional author’s breathtaking talents, addressing important themes of motherhood, friendship, and fidelity. Every reader who admires the strong, character-driven women’s fiction of Sue Miller, Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Berg, and Kaye Gibbons should lend an ear to Beth Gutcheon’s Gossip.
Calvin Moretti is plagued with suburban angst. He still lives at home, works as an assistant at a school for autistic kids, and hasn't finished graduate school, for which he's now saddled with debt. Despite being fortunate enough to live in a million-dollar home in upstate New York's tony Sleepy Hollow, he can't stand his loving-if-irksome family: the successful older brother, Chip; the beleaguered but devoted mother; the infuriating, depressed father recovering from cancer after expensive treatment. Thankfully, Calvin is human enough to tolerate his pregnant 17-year old sister, Elissa, and a host of childhood stoner friends. Apathetic to the core and wildly frustrating, Calvin is a difficult character to like but also brutally honest about his flaws, which makes him heartbreakingly human, more like his father than he realizes and kinder than he wants to be. D'Agostino's narrator wants to "know how it feels to be passionate about something" and his keen observations about family expose the worst in him. Wickedly funny and as often beautiful as it is meandering, this debut novel reads much like Calvin's life: bursts of activity followed by long periods of idleness and deep thought.
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Very surprised at now much I enjoyed this novel. Loved the fictional world of women thru the decades and the twists and turns their lives go thru.
In the past I have enjoyed Beth Gutcheons writing but this one put me to sleep. I finally gave up and I never give up on books. It just didn't seem to get any more interesting as I read on. I was about 200 pages in. By then it should have sparked some interest but unfortunately it didn't.
I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. At all. It was slow, boring, and several hours of my life that I'll never get back. :(