The lively and spirited new novel from the author of the best-selling The Three Weissmanns of Westport is a wise, clever, romantic comedy of New York in the sixties - the story of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.
Eleven-year-old Fin and his older half-sister, Lady, have just been orphaned. Fin has not seen his glamorous sister in six years, but she is now his legal guardian - and his only hope.
Uprooted from his home on a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut, Fin joins Lady in her Greenwich Village apartment. With the Swinging Sixties swirling in kaleidoscope colour all around him, Fin soon learns that his free-living, free-loving sister is going to be as much his responsibility, as he is hers.
Comic and romantic, joyous and moving, Fin & Lady is a spirited love story about a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional bond in increasingly troubled times.
Praise for The Three Weissmanns of Westport:
'Elegant prose, pin-sharp humour, and an ending that proves satisfyingly bittersweet.' Guardian
'Intelligent and beguiling.' The Times
'Sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting.' New York Times
The opening sentence of Cathleen Schine s engaging and moving novel offers a mini-masterclass in how to swiftly command a reader s attention Fin & Lady is a little gem. - Financial Times
A bittersweet elegy for Greenwich Village in the 1960s Like comic writers before her from Shakespeare to Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh, [Schine] skillfully plays with the conventions and the reader s expectations wise and wistful - New York Times
Wonderfully funny Schine conveys the rapidly shifting mores of the 60s, as well as the slowly unfolding understanding of these appealingly vulnerable characters - Washington Post
Fin & Lady is an enchanting novel about enchanting things the romance of youth, the intoxicating possibilities of freedom though this feeling of magic arises from tragic roots - San Francisco Chronicle
Schine is a wonderful storyteller with a sensational ability to marry the comic with the bittersweet - The Tribune Review
The achingly lovely Fin & Lady is a time machine back to 1960s New York City with side trips to the Italian island of Capri' - Seattle Times
What if Holly Golightly had a trust fund instead of a candy store ? The gamine at the heart of Fin & Lady shares more than a few traits with Truman Capote's iconic heroine. Delightful charming - Christian Science Monitor