Mrs.: A Novel by Caitlin MacyMrs.: A Novel by Caitlin Macy

Mrs.: A Novel

byCaitlin Macy

Paperback | February 13, 2018

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Named to Buzzfeed's list of "5 Most Anticipated Women's Fiction Reads of 2018"

"Mrs.could be the nextBig Little Lies."--EW

"Macy skewers power parents in this entertaining, sharp-eyed portrayal of privilege and it's price" -People Magazine


In the well-heeled milieu of New York's Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And although her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, she refuses to conform to its gossip-fueled culture.

Then, into her precariously balanced life, come two women: Gwen Hogan, a childhood acquaintance who uncovers an explosive secret about Philippa's single days, and Minnie Curtis, a newcomer whose vast fortune and frank revelations about a penurious upbringing in Spanish Harlem put everyone on alert.

When Gwen's husband, a heavy-drinking, obsessive prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office, stumbles over the connection between Philippa's past and the criminal investigation he is pursuing at all costs, this insulated society is forced to confront the rot at its core and the price it has paid to survive into the new millennium.

Macy has written a modern-day HOUSE OF MIRTH, not for the age of railroads and steel but of hedge funds and overnight fortunes, of scorched-earth successes and abiding moral failures. A brilliant portrait of love, betrayal, fate and chance, MRS marries razor-sharp social critique and page-turning propulsion into an unforgettable tapestry of the way we live in the 21st Century.
Title:Mrs.: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:February 13, 2018Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316523763

ISBN - 13:9780316523769

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea Really looked forward to reading this book and sadly disappointed. Characters were unlikable and the story dragged on. Wanted to love this book, just couldn't
Date published: 2018-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eavesdropping On Rich People There are probably too many books about the troubles of the New York upper classes. This novel isn't a bad addition to the field, but a multitude of detailed back stories overwhelm the central drama and the ending felt like an anticlimax.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fine...Could be Better I really was interested in this story but I feel like it could have been more dramatic and better written. It jumps between perspectives which normally adds information. Instead the information slips between the cracks. Normally it is from third person perspective but there are these weird first person passages that have no clear narrator - it seems like it's just meant to be the other women who never really get their own plot line or significance. What's worse, one of these first person passages RUINS the remaining chapters of the book! Overall, did I enjoy this book? Yes...but I wanted to like it more than I did.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't wait for it to end. I am just as curious as the next person to get a glimpse of day-to-day life inside the homes of wealthy people but Mrs. has given me too much inside information about the people who call New York’s Upper East Side home. The story unfolds after Christmas holiday at St. Timothy’s preschool with a flurry of mothers dressed in fur coats to pick their children up, trading horror stories of their ski vacations – the kind of stuff I associate with ‘mom life’, well minus the lavish ski vacations. Everything circulates around three families: The Skinker’s, Jed and Philippa, his family is the last to own an investment bank in the city, she is tall, beautiful and aloof and spends her days drinking and hiding behind a sordid past; The Curtises, Minnie and John, he is a corrupt hedge fund manager, and she makes no apologies for being a social climber; The Hogan’s, Dan and Gwen, they are the the most down-to-earth family in this book and blatantly outsiders – Gwen is often mistaken for one of the nannies. Both graduated from Yale on scholarship, Gwen left a chemical engineering career behind to raise their daughter Mary (who attends preschool on financial aid), and Dan has left corporate law for a job in the U.S. Attorney’s office prosecuting white collar criminals. Dan is on the trail of an investigation that leads him right to Jed Skinker and John Curtis which also dredges up a criminal past for John while attending Yale. Unfortunately, Macy wove this into the story 200 pages in (out of 340 pages) which could not save the book for me. Mrs. is flooded with extras who create more convolution than purpose, the plot is thin and so are the characters. I quickly grew tired of their insecurities, pretentiousness and pompousness.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow Burn Character Drama Mrs. was a solid slow burn for me as a reader - while I wasn't sure in the beginning if I was going to be able to get thoroughly into it or not, I am happy to say, it turned out to be a book I enjoyed quite a bit in the end. Caitlin Macy writes very distinctively - in this story, especially in the beginning, the story simply dips into the lives of the various women in a loosely affiliated Upper East Side community. All of the women come from wealthy, influential homes, and all the women share the distinction of having their children attend the same highly sought after preschool. Beyond that, all of the women are vastly different, although the parallels and intersects of their lives are continuous. As a reader, it took me awhile to catch the flow of this book, and to get into the story. Partly because of the movement between characters and jumps in the timeline. But I am sincerely happy to have stuck with it, as Caitlin did masterful work of weaving seemingly individual threads together into one complete storyline. I found myself flying through the last few chapters to see how the story ended - and for me, it ended in a wildly dramatic and satisfactory way. This is a great read for those who love a slow burn character drama.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite what expected Wanted to love this....but just couldn't get into it at all...just falls flat ..sadly!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok not great Flat read, you keep expecting something to happen and it nothing does... #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-09