Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine 288 pages



Fin is a young man whose parents die suddenly and who then finds himself in the care of his guardian, his beautiful half-sister, Lady.  She brings him to New York City with her, but he remains the owner of the farm in rural Connecticut where he lived the first eleven years of his life.  They move into a "work in progress" of an apartment in Greenwich with Lady's maid, Mabel.  I found that almost everything Mabel offered up in conversation was wise or hysterical or prophetic, but always spot on.  She was my favorite character.

Lady has 3 suitors who basically move in to the Greenwich Village apartment, each hoping to eventually convince Lady that he is the one she should marry.  A lot of the story takes place on the island of Capri, the descriptions of which make a person want to pack up and move there right now.

The narrator of the book is not revealed until the end of the book, and is quite a revelation.  It is tempting to compare this story with Patrick Dennis' book, Auntie Mame, but the stories are very different and the people are unique to this story.   I really enjoyed this book.

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