Author(s): Cathleen Schine
Eleven-year-old Fin and his older half-sister, Lady, have just been orphaned. Fin has not seen his glamorous sister in six years, but she is now his legal guardian - and his only hope. Uprooted from his home on a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut, Fin joins Lady in her Greenwich Village apartment. With the Swinging Sixties swirling in kaleidoscope colour all around him, Fin soon learns that his free-living, free-loving sister is going to be as much his responsibility, as he is hers. Comic and romantic, joyous and moving, Fin & Lady is a spirited love story about a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional bond in increasingly troubled times. Praise for The Three Weissmanns of Westport: "Elegant prose, pin-sharp humour, and an ending that proves satisfyingly bittersweet." (Guardian). "Intelligent and beguiling." (The Times). "Sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting." (New York Times).
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.
'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
Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Wiessmanns of Westport, The New Yorkers and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine, and the New York Times Book Review.