The Smart One

Hardcover | October 18, 2016

byJennifer Close

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From the author of the best-selling Girls in White Dresses (An "irresistible, pitch-perfect first novel." --Marie Claire): a gloriously funny new novel of sibling rivalry, thwarted expectations, and that place you return to when things go staggeringly awry: home.

     Weezy and Will Coffey raised their children, Martha, Claire, and Max, to be kind, smart, and independent. They gave them help with their homework, a dog, and homemade birthday cakes. It's true that Martha's a little too sensitive--she calls Claire several times a week to discuss natural disasters and local crime. And Claire has a short fuse with her sister--she becomes irate when Martha suggests that the two of them attend couples therapy. And Max, the baby and a senior in college, is a little too happy-go-lucky--though not as lucky as everyone would hope. Still, their parents did their best preparing them for the world. So why, Weezy wonders, is Martha living in her childhood bedroom after a career flame-out? And why has Claire canceled her wedding and locked herself in her New York apartment? And how has Max managed to get himself into a girlfriend fiasco? A story about the ways in which we never really grow up, The Smart One is a witty, gossipy, perfectly-drawn portrait of family life.

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From the author of the best-selling Girls in White Dresses (An "irresistible, pitch-perfect first novel." --Marie Claire): a gloriously funny new novel of sibling rivalry, thwarted expectations, and that place you return to when things go staggeringly awry: home.      Weezy and Will Coffey raised their children, Martha, Claire, and Max...

JENNIFER CLOSE is the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses. Born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, she is a graduate of Boston College and received her MFA in Fiction Writing from the New School in 2005. She worked in New York in magazines for many years and then in Washington, D.C., as a bookseller.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.53 × 6.56 × 1.27 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038567645X

ISBN - 13:9780385676458

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“In The Smart One, Jennifer Close writes about a family and all its flaws, from the minutely annoying to the lovingly overbearing. . . . Close excels at the details of personality and daily life. . . . the characters and experiences are drawn so realistically they stay with us long after we close the book.” —The Herald Sun“This bighearted novel examines a generation of nonstarters with a mix of empathy and Close's signature deadpan, pathos-driven humor.” —Entertainment Weekly