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It's Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow. The effect of Meghan's on-air profanity and truth telling is felt by her son, her husband, her friends, her fans, and even the city of New York, the capital of appearance over reality. But above all it transforms the sister with whom she's shared everything, even the mixed blessings of fame.
What follows is a story about a city big enough to find prep school rappers, rich poseurs, familiar strangers, and autograph seekers in the same ladies room at a black-tie ball. But ultimately, it's about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice girls whip the place into shape. Meghan and Bridget, Bridget and Meghan. They share smart mouths, a fractured childhood, and a powerful connection that even the worst tragedy can't rupture.
©2006 Anna Quindlen (P)2006 Recorded Books
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Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Fiction, Unabridged
"The prose is top-notch." (Publishers Weekly)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Marie on 10-31-06

Don't waste your time or credit

I generally like this author, but this book could not keep my interest. I listened all the way through, but my mind kept wandering and I kept rewinding. I could have saved the effort. I never missed anything, because nothing ever happened.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Yorkshire Exile on 11-12-06

Not her best

I have enjoyed all of Anna Quinlens previous books, so downloaded this one without hesitation. It does have good prose, but no good story. Until the last hour nothing of particular interest happens. I had no interest in the events that befell the two main participants.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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