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Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school. She had wild curls, a hippie-chick wardrobe and lots of opinions she wasn''t shy about sharing. But decades of marriage and motherhood have molded Sylvie as the perfect politician''s wife. At fifty-seven, she ruefully admits that her only job is tending to her husband. Lizzie, the Woodruff''s youngest daughter, is a recovering addict, and still depending on her long-suffering family to get her out of the trouble that always seems to find her. Kate, her sister, is an emergency room physician who has achieved the "perfect" husband, home, son, and career -- so why is she so unhappy; When Richard''s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women''s lives are drawn into the painful glare of the media spotlight. Sylvie retreats to her grandmother''s rambling seaside home to ride out the gossip, and is soon joined there by her distraught daughters.
While Jennifer Weiner's novels are not often accorded lengthy, respectful reviews in serious literary outlets, she is one of the world's most popular writers of contemporary women's fiction, and her books make frequent appearances on the bestseller list. "You realize you're making certain trade-offs when your first book is called GOOD IN BED and there's naked legs and cheesecake on the cover," she has said. "I wish I'd known [when I started] it's okay to be called ?a delightful beach romp.' Lots of people want to read a delightful beach romp." Weiner was born on an army base in Louisiana and moved with her family to Connecticut when she was a toddler. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University in 1991, she embarked on a career in journalism, writing op-ed pieces and celebrity profiles, among other assignments. In the wake of a bitter romantic breakup, Weiner wrote GOOD IN BED, whose zaftig heroine, Cannie Shapiro, is humiliated when her boyfriend pens a magazine article titled "Loving a Larger Woman." Published in 2001, the novel was an immediate hit, and Weiner's subsequent books have enjoyed similar success. IN HER SHOES (2002), the tale of two squabbling sisters and their feisty grandmother, was adapted as a film starring Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine in 2004, and Weiner was also the creator of the ABC sitcom The Great State of Georgia, which aired in 2011. Many interviewers have commented that the writer is the type of funny, empathetic, and outgoing person who would make a fabulous best friend. That observation, she has quipped, makes her real best friend "roll her eyes. Hard."
From the Publisher
Jennifer Weiner asserts her title as the queen of intelligent and highly relevant chick lit with this chronicle of a cuckolded politician's wife who asks her two semi-estranged daughters to join her at the family beach house for some psychological convalescence. Sylvia Woodruff was once a liberated "hippie chick," but life as a senator's wife has gradually forced her to shed all remnants of her previous identity. When her husband publicly confesses to an affair, Sylvia decides to hide out from the rabid press and reconnect with her two daughters--a recovering addict and a seemingly successful doctor who is contemplating having an affair of her own.