Gossip by Beth Gutcheon
Publisher: Harper Audio (March 2012)
William Morrow Paperbacks (March 2013)
Audio Source: Purchase
Book Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Audio
Format Read: audio book, paperback
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Running Time: 8 hours 39 minutes
Synopsis from Goodreads: Loviah “Lovie” French owns a small, high-end dress shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Renowned for her taste, charm, and discretion, Lovie is the one to whom certain women turn when they need “just the thing” for key life events: baptisms and balls, weddings and funerals. Among those who depend on Lovie’s sage advice are her two best friends since boarding school days: Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf. Despite the love they share for their mutual friend, there has always been a chilly gulf between Dinah and Avis, the result of a perceived slight from decades ago that has unimaginably tragic echoes many years later.
An astute chronicler of all that makes us human, Beth Gutcheon delivers her most powerful and emotionally devastating novel to date. Gossip is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship and motherhood that explores the way we use “information” — be it true, false, or imagined — to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another.
My thoughts: This was another one of my combo reads, I split my time between listening to the audio and reading the paperback. If you haven’t tried doing this, it’s a great way to read. When selecting this novel I was immediately intrigued by the cover which led me to read the synopsis and eventually decide to read it.
I’ve had a rather unique experience with this book. It was what I expected, yet it wasn’t. I liked the story yet I wanted more. It was everything that the synopsis said it would be “Gossip is a tale of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship and motherhood that explores the way we use “information” — be it true, false, or imagined — to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another.” yet I felt like it barely scratched the surface.
Lovie is the primary narrator yet I didn’t feel like I really knew anything about her until the end of the story. I am a very character driven reader. Gossip bounced between the characters and their stories, but left me wanting more depth.
At first I thought that Farr’s voice sounded a bit mature for the story. Once I realized that they were reflecting back upon younger days I thought that the narration was appropriate for the story. I’d not listened to her work before, but she has many, many great titles to her credit (several of which are on my TBR list).
While this wasn’t one of my favorites that I’ve read/or listened to lately (there is some pretty stiff competition I would definitely not discourage anyone from picking it up. It was a fairly quick listen at 8 1/2 hours and a great way to pass the time.
I read this book as part of a tour put together by TLC Book Tours, visit some of the other stops to see what they thought about Gossip.
Tuesday, March 12th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, March 13th: Sweet Tidbits
Thursday, March 14th: A Bookish Way of Life
Friday, March 15th: Kritters Ramblings
Monday, March 18th: A Patchwork of Books
Thursday, March 28th: Drey’s Library
Monday, April 1st: Amused By Books
Tuesday, April 2nd: Mrs. Q.: Book Addict
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