Jane Green is the Number One bestselling author of fourteen novels: Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr Maybe,Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance, The Beach House, Girl Friday, The Love Verb, The Patchwork Marriage and The Accidental Husband. Jane and her husband live in Connecticut with their blended family of six children.
Popular British author Green (Jemima J and Mr. Maybe) follows up her two hits with a less sparkling effort that examines the intricacies of enduring friendships. In college 10 years ago, a small group of misfits "dowdy Catherine, gay Simon, cute naOf Josh and his object of affection, the regally beautiful Portia"were best friends. After a messy split from Portia, the others have continued their friendship without her. While promiscuous Si and celibate Cath have lousy luck with men, Josh is happily married to earthy Lucy. The members of the tightly knit quartet commiserate about extra body weight, job dissatisfaction and the search for love, but are basically content"until Portia reenters their lives and threatens their stability. Green touts her return as almost sinister, but the forecasted tornado ends up a mere zephyr. The novel opens with a promising bang, only to peter out before fulfilling its potential. Green has a knack for creating both atmosphere and characters that ring true, but the dialogue is sometimes strangely stilted and does little to propel the oft-meandering plot. There are some bright spots, like Cath's blossoming relationship with dreamboat James, but they are too few and far between to steady the pace. (June 11) Forecast: Bookends was a London Times bestseller and, based on the success of its predecessors here"including Mr. Maybe, which appears simultaneously in paper"her audience will forgive her this miss and still pick it up for the beach. Major ad/promo; author appearances in New York and Connecticut. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Four London friends are upended when the beauteous Portia drops back into their lives. More social satire from the author of Jemima J. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"Green gives readers a loably imperfect protagonist, a
heart-to-heart narrative voice and a bumpy, error-strewn highway to
romance. Bottom line: Pluck it off the shelf."
-People "A near-perfect romantic wish-fulfillment fantasy...only the coldest hearts will not be warmed."
-Kirkus Reviews "Single or spoken for, you'll find a character you can relate to in this page-turner about dating, marriage, parenthood, career goals, jealousy and of course love."
-iVillage "You'll love this one...a bit of candy perfect for the bath, pool, or beach."
-Lexington Express "Page-turningly irresistible...[Green] has perfect pitch."
-Connecticut Post "Quick, witty, unputdownable and perfect beach reading. Don't miss it."
-Mirror (London) "A hugely enjoyable novel about love and friendship."
-Express (London) "The author of the successful Mr. Maybe does it again."
- She (London)
"Funny and poignant--you'll devour it in one sitting."