Book Review and #Giveaway: Gossip by Beth Gutcheon

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
"Did you know that the origin of the word gossip in English is 'god-sibling'? It's the talk between people who are godparents to the same child, people who have a legitimate loving interest in the person they talk about. It's talk that weaves a net of support and connection beneath the people you want to protect."

Loviah "Lovie" French owns a small, high-end dress shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Renowned for her taste and discretion, Lovie is the one to whom certain women turn when they need "just the thing" for major life events — baptisms and balls, weddings and funerals — or when they just want to dish in the dressing room. Among the people who depend on Lovie's confidence are her two best friends since boarding school: Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf.

Outspoken and brimming with confidence, Dinah made a name for herself as a columnist covering the doings of New York's wealthiest and most fabulous. Shy, proper Avis, in many ways Dinah's opposite, rose to prominence in the art world with her quiet manners, hard work, and precise judgment. Despite the deep affection they both feel for Lovie, they have been more or less allergic to each other since a minor incident decades earlier that has been remembered and resented with what will prove to be unimaginable consequences.

These uneasy acquaintances become unwillingly bound to each other when Dinah's favorite son and Avis's only daughter fall in love and marry. On the surface, Nick and Grace are the perfect match — a playful, romantic, buoyant, and beautiful pair. But their commitment will be strained by time and change: career setbacks, reckless choices, the birth of a child, jealousies, and rumor. At the center of their orbit is Lovie, who knows everyone's secrets and manages them as wisely as she can. Which is not wisely enough, as things turn out — a fact that will have a shattering effect on all their lives.

An astute chronicler of everything that makes us human, Beth Gutcheon delivers her most powerful and emotionally devastating novel to date. Gossip is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship, competition, and motherhood that explores the myriad ways we use and abuse "information" about others — be it true, false, or imagined — to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another.

My Thoughts
Gossip follows three friends from boarding school in the 60s to present time. The story is told from the point of view of Lovie, the force that holds the trio together. Each of the three women achieves professional success in her own way. Happiness in their personal lives proves to be more elusive and complicated. They go through ups and downs, defeat and heartbreak. In their social circles, information is a weapon, and gossip can make or break people.

Gossip is an engrossing and thought-provoking read, a tale of friendship but above all, about the power of words. It would make a great movie - I can just see Meryl Streep (Avis), Susan Sarandon (Dinah) and Michelle Pfiffer (Lovie) starring.

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26 comments:

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