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This is Jane Austen updated, a sparkling novel of love, marriage, and manners.

The Rubin daughters are three eligible sisters from an affluent suburban Philadelphia family whose well-meaning but domineering mother is single-mindedly determined to see them all happily married.

Reminiscent of the work of Laurie Colwin, This Side of Married is a brilliant, ironic, domestic comedy of manners. Full of surprises, yet filled with feeling, it is a witty, intelligent, and utterly delicious novel.

©2004 Rachel Pastan; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Pastan cunningly reveals the myriad sides of being married, the good, the bad, and the ugly, in an engaging look at the current state of love and courtship." (Booklist)

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Jane Austen Updated? NOT

I expected so much more from this book, it was disappointing. I mean, when you mention Jane Austen.....I expected some brightness and it only seemed blighted. I found it hard to like any of the characters, they were not developed well and the story was sluggish. The only reason I finished it was I was on a business trip and had not downloaded anything else.

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  • Marj
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 09-10-06

Book has to compete with bad narration

I have tried to listen to this book several times. Every time I try to listen, the narrator's mouth noises make me switch to another book. I can't tell whether she has "dry mouth" or too much spittle, but I hear it with every word. Sometimes the narration is only due to poor editing, but it is impossible to listen to this book. I think I will have to read it on paper.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful