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Another stunner from Schine,
This review is from: Fin & Lady (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?