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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (9 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427231540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427231543
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.3 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,302,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The opening sentence of Cathleen Schine's engaging and moving novel offers a mini-masterclass in how to swiftly command a reader's attention . Fin & Lady is a little gem. (Erica Wagner Financial Times)

'A bittersweet elegy for Greenwich Village in the 1960s' . Like comic writers before her from Shakespeare to Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh, [Schine] skillfully plays with the conventions and the reader's expectations . wise and wistful' (New York Times)

'Wonderfully funny . Schine conveys the rapidly shifting mores of the '60s, as well as the slowly unfolding understanding of these appealingly vulnerable characters' (Washington Post)

'Fin & Lady is an enchanting novel about enchanting things - the romance of youth, the intoxicating possibilities of freedom - though this feeling of magic arises from tragic roots' (San Francisco Chronicle)

'Schine is a wonderful storyteller with a sensational ability to marry the comic with the bittersweet' (The Tribune Review)

'The achingly lovely Fin & Lady is a time machine back to 1960s New York City - with side trips to the Italian island of Capri' (Seattle Times)

'What if Holly Golightly had a trust fund instead of a 'candy store'? The gamine at the heart of Fin & Lady . shares more than a few traits with Truman Capote's iconic heroine. Delightful . charming' (Christian Science Monitor) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The lively and spirited new novel from the author of the best-selling The Three Weissmanns of Westport is a wise, clever, romantic comedy of New York in the sixties - the story of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
Is it possible to like a book without particularly liking one of the two main characters? I suppose it is, which is why I've given Cathleen Schine's new novel, "Fin & Lady" four stars.

Fin Hadley is an eleven year old orphan in 1964. His father has died a bit earlier from heart failure and his mother dies at the beginning of the book from cancer. An only child, Fin has also recently lost his grandparents. The only one around to take custody of young Fin is his half-sister, Lady. Lady is the daughter of his father by his first marriage. Father and daughter had had a difficult relationship, but Lady knew her duty and she swept in and took Fin back to New York City and prepared to raise him. Lady Hadley is one of those irritating people we've all come across in our lives. That young, free-spirit, going from place to place, person to person. Never settling down and never bearing the responsibility for another. But along with custody of Fin comes responsibility that is difficult for Lady to take. But, somehow, she manages to do so, albeit in her own flighty way.

Even with Fin to take care of, Lady is not going to live the conventional life of her wealthy WASP cohorts. No living on the Upper East Side for Lady and Fin; they have a town house in the Village and live among the artsy and the druggy. Lady is SO charming that she has three beaus who want her and they each vie for her attention. (I pictured Shirley MacClaine in "Terms of Endearment", sitting at the dinner table, with three beaus hanging on her every word!). But as Fin ages in the Village and makes his own friends and connections, he stays with Lady, though she does one unconventional thing after another, finally ending up on Capri and there the story comes to a climax.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beccalikesbooks on 8 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I loved Cathleen Schine's The Three Weissmanns of Westport (inspired by my favourite Austen, Sense and Sensibility) so I was super-keen to read her latest, Fin and Lady. It begins in 1964, when eleven-year-old Fin is orphaned and moves from his home in rural Connecticut to live with his older half-sister, Lady, in Greenwich Village. Lady is a fascinating character - something of a Holly Golightly, who wouldn't be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie - glamourous, beautiful, earthy, fragile and desperate for freedom. Fin is enchanted by her, and so are a trio of boyfriends who ebb and flow in their lives according to Lady's whims. I particularly enjoyed Schine's playful references to The Odyssey, including the suitors patiently waiting for Lady to choose.

Schine's prose is crisp and dazzling, perfectly depicting the hazy, beatnik summers of 1960s Manhattan, from Fin's innocent, boyish games and friendships, to the shifting music scene and political rumblings. Through Fin's eyes as he matures, we see the world changing - and Lady too. Can the imperfect, magical, makeshift family they've created with each other last?
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By Helen on 26 Aug. 2014
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A beautiful book well worth reading. A slow start but hang in there.
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By Annette Lee-Julian on 20 Feb. 2015
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Lovely book, easy to read
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By Sharron Gray on 15 Dec. 2014
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Very sweet story
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