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by Ellen Meister

  • ISBN: 0061129623
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Ellen Meister
  • Subcategory: Women's Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 5, 2008)
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • FB2 size: 1548 kb
  • EPUB size: 1747 kb
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 745
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I already knew Ellen Meister from previous books I've read so I expected to like this book, but was pleasantly .

I already knew Ellen Meister from previous books I've read so I expected to like this book, but was pleasantly surprised that I liked it more than expected. Each book is different and this one is no exception. If you grew up in a family with siblings, especially sisters then you will certainly enjoy this book. While the plot is a bit predictable it is filled with well defined characters and many twists and turns on the way to it's final destination. Maybe not prime rib, but a yummy, yummy candy bar you will want to gobble down!

Ellen Meister has written five novels: DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE (Putnam 2015), FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER (Putnam 2013), THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam 2011), THE SMART ONE (HarperCollins 2008) and SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PT. .

Ellen Meister has written five novels: DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE (Putnam 2015), FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER (Putnam 2013), THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam 2011), THE SMART ONE (HarperCollins 2008) and SECRET CONFESSIONS OF THE APPLEWOOD PTA (HarperCollins 2006). She has also published short stories and essays, and one novelette, THE WISHING CAKE. She teaches creative writing at Hofstra University Continuing Education, and does public speaking about her books and other writing-related issues.

The Smart One. Ellen Meister. Ellen Meister makes a big leap toward the literary in The Other Life, a book where "What if" becomes the most powerful question in the world. Ellen Meister is a writer with a limitless future

The Smart One. This is the thinking woman's beach read, a love story to the modern family, written with a deep and lovely understanding of mothers and daughters and the sacrifices they'll make for each other. Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming. Ellen Meister is a writer with a limitless future. Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Second Opinion and The Last Surgeon.

In Ellen Meister’s new book, The Smart One, three sisters battle to become more than their childhood identities. The Smart One? The main thing this book has going for it is the strong writing skills of the author, Ellen Meister. There’s Clare, the pretty one, and eldest sister; there’s Joey, the wild one, and youngest of the brood, and then there’s Bev, the middle daugher, the smart one, of the title. She has a knack for believable, natural dialog and good timing when it comes to humor. 337 printed pages. Bev is the Smart One, who finally leaves her artistic ambitions in chalk dust (and her humor-impaired husband in the arms-and legs-of his nubile protégée) to become a schoolteacher

The Smart One. Bev is the Smart One, who finally leaves her artistic ambitions in chalk dust (and her humor-impaired husband in the arms-and legs-of his nubile protégée) to become a schoolteacher. Clare is the Pretty One, who married well and seems to be living a designer version of the suburban dream. Joey is the Wild One, struggling to stay clean and sober now that she's used up her fifteen minutes of fame as a one-hit-wonder rock star.

is she so mysterious?. I have such a bad feeling, Bev. When she gets secretive like thi.I stared off in the direction her motorcycle went. Should I follow her?. Clare nodded enthusiastically, so I sped to the corner and stopped

Ellen Meister is the author of three novels

Ellen Meister is the author of three novels. Her most recent book, THE OTHER LIFE (Putnam/Berkley), appears on several Best Fiction of the Year lists, was singled out by the American Booksellers Association for the prestigious Indie Next List, and is under option with HBO for a television series Ellen Meister is the author of three novels.

I read this book with the same gusto with which I might have consumed one of the confections on the cover, but the writing's too smart to consider it Empty Calorie fare. The sisters Bev, Clare and Joey are real human beings, and Meister draws and colors them with love, humor and an artistic ease worthy of her protagonist. As much as they might bicker, intrigue, misstep and want to shake each other, they are never boring. by. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Bev is the Smart One, who finally leaves her artistic ambitions in chalk dust (and her humor-impaired husband in the arms—and legs—of his nubile protégée) to become a schoolteacher. Clare is the Pretty One, who married well and seems to be living a designer version of the suburban dream. Joey is the Wild One, struggling to stay clean and sober now that she's used up her fifteen minutes of fame as a one-hit-wonder rock star.

They love each other but mix like oil, water, and hundred-proof gin . . . a combination that threatens to combust over family tensions, suspected infidelities, a devastating accident, a stunning confession, and the sudden reappearance of their handsome, now all-grown-up former neighbor, Kenny Waxman, who's back in town making his mark as a TV comedy writer.

It seems they'll never understand where their differences begin and their own destructive tendencies end. Then it happens: the sisters discover a decades-old body stuffed inside an industrial drum and begin a bold, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious journey that will either bring them together . . . or tear them apart for good.


Reviews about The Smart One (7):
Jack
The main thing this book has going for it is the strong writing skills of the author, Ellen Meister. She has a knack for believable, natural dialog and good timing when it comes to humor. It's a quick, easy read--a great way to pass time on an airplane, which is where I got through most of this novel.

This is the story of Bev, the "smart one" of three sisters. Her older sister, Clare is the pretty one and her younger sister, Joey, is the wild one. If anything, Meister nails the common stereotypes of sibling labeling and relationships, and it's easy to believe these characters act the way they do in this story. Additionally there's the boy next door, Kenny, who is the funny one, I suppose--the angry youth turned studly romantic interest. He uses hackneyed humor to cope with his anger over a no-good father, whose past actions are central to the plot. Kenny's strings of jokes about little people and his behavior toward Bev really take his character over the top, making him highly unlikable. One wonders how "the smart one" can continue to want him.

Overall the story is predictable. I was able to predict nearly every plot point and would have preferred to be surprised. But I stuck with it because I enjoyed Meister's first book, Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA. The ease of her writing style made the hours I spent with this story a pleasant experience.

Michele Cozzens is the author of It's Not Your Mother's Bridge Club and A Line Between Friends
Maridor
I already knew Ellen Meister from previous books I've read so I expected to like this book, but was pleasantly surprised that I liked it more than expected. Each book is different and this one is no exception. If you grew up in a family with siblings, especially sisters then you will certainly enjoy this book. It is a relational story with the added twist of a murder mystery of sorts. Some nice twists and turns and the ending won't disappoint you! Great read for the Summer!
Jerdodov
My mother always told me, "Friends may come and go, but a sister is forever." She had six sisters, so she knew what she was talking about. My father had four sisters and I have three. I grew up in a world of sisters and feel like I have a pretty good handle on sisterhood, and so does Ellen Meister.

At the core of her charming, thrilling, and often hilarious new book--The Smart One--are sisters. Three sisters to be exact--Bev, Clare, and Joey--each playing the role she thinks is expected of her. It seems the sisters hide behind these roles of smart, pretty, and wild, especially when they are together.

It is only when they bond together to try to solve a decades old mystery that they learn the truth about each other: and that is that they no longer need these labels. In fact, maybe they are all smart, pretty, and wild. What's most important is that they love each other and they are there for each other (even when irritated with each other).

Like Ellen herself, this book has a lot of heart and these characters will stick with you long after you have finished reading. Like sisters to you, they are forever.

Read this book.
Shan
Sibling rivalry, the 'burbs, murder, sex and very funny one-liners: what's not to like about The Smart One?

I read this book with the same gusto with which I might have consumed one of the confections on the cover, but the writing's too smart to consider it Empty Calorie fare. The sisters Bev, Clare and Joey are real human beings, and Meister draws and colors them with love, humor and an artistic ease worthy of her protagonist. As much as they might bicker, intrigue, misstep and want to shake each other, they are never boring. Meister's prose seems effortless--testimony to how very well she writes--and her grasp of family dynamics is adept and rings true.

IMHO, it's even better than Confessions of the Applewood PTA--more mature and grounded, even while maintaining the same excellent sense of humor. Buy it; enjoy it; pass the word.

Susan O'Neill, Author: Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam
Thofyn
I recently discovered this author and have quickly moved through all her books and have the next on on pre-order. While the plot is a bit predictable it is filled with well defined characters and many twists and turns on the way to it's final destination. Maybe not prime rib, but a yummy, yummy candy bar you will want to gobble down!
Arakus
I couldn't put this book down. Meister's writing is deft and witty, and the characters are engrossing and the plot is compelling. Meister proves Wolfe wrong -- and Kansas's famous Dorothy correct -- you can go home again. And then she mines that concept for gold. When Bev Bloomrosen, the "smart" sister, is cornered into living in her parents' home for the summer, it starts a series of snowballing events that are either going to destroy her family or cement their bonds. An old flame breezes into town, charming Bev (and readers) with his nonstop wisecracks just as Bev and her sisters make a ghastly discovery practically in their own backyard.

I absolutely fell in love with Bev, who manages to hold her own when it comes to funny one-liners, and was more than enamored with the rest of her family, too. Meister manages to masterfully mix a dark mystery with sizzling romantic entanglements and heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) family drama. I know plenty of people are going to call this a "beach read" because it is a riveting, engrossing pageturner, but it's also blessed with a charm and intelligence that make it resonate with class and soul. Just like its main character, this book is one of the smart ones.
Tehn
This book is amazing! It keeps you going and you never want to put the book down. You are drawn into this book so much that you get feelings for the characters. Well written. I highly recommend this book. Many twist and turns and surprising ending.
Other Life but this book was disorganized, weak plot, poorly written. It needed a good editor. Ellen Meister is a wonderful storyteller.

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