Thursday, March 14, 2013
Gossip: A Novel by Beth Gutcheon
The owner of a small high-end dress shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Loviah "Lovie" French is the one to whom certain women turn when they want to dish in the dressing room - including Lovie's two best friends since boarding school, Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf.
Outspoken Dinah made a name for herself as a columnist covering New York's most fabulous; shy, proper Avis rose to prominence in the art world with her quiet manners and hard work. Despite their deep affection for Lovie, they have been allergic to each other for decades, uneasy acquaintances who are unwillingly bound to each other when Dinah's favorite son and Avis's only daughter fall in love. 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.
DNF. I just couldn't get through this book, let alone finish it. There was just something about the way Lovie was written that I found to be rather unbearable. She just seemed too disconnected from everyone and everything to really feel a part of the story. The writing was good, but it somehow lacked the emotional depth necessary in captivating the reader - I did not feel captivated in the least. Plus, I found myself rolling my eyes as Lovie recalled old memories - another story about a poor girl fitting in at a rich girls' school - ugh, again? I swear I've just read two stories like that recently and I'm already starting to get bored with that idea, which is why I found those flashback scenes rather tired and uninspiring.
I have to admit that I'm pretty disappointed. I had high hopes for Gossip, especially since I love women's fiction and was in the mood for some good reading. Alas, I did not get what I wanted. Instead of getting swept away in a drama, I got bored by an irrelevant character who somehow managed to ruin the book for me.
Of course, I could be the only one to feel this way about Beth Gutcheon's novel, Gossip - so, here is the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule.