The Smart One by Jennifer CloseThe Smart One by Jennifer Close

The Smart One

byJennifer Close

Paperback | July 16, 2013

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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.

JENNIFER CLOSE is the bestselling 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. The author lives in...
Title:The Smart OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.15 × 0.91 inPublished:July 16, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385676476

ISBN - 13:9780385676472


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Misses the Mark Some of the characters are so unlikeable they are grating. I kept waiting for someone to commit Martha, who was clearly insane. I felt pity for Weezy, because apparently you have to be doing something wrong as a mother if none of your kids are prepared to deal with reality as adults. Claire was tolerable, if only because she was the ONLY character to face up to her mistakes and move forward. Cleo might be the only sane person in the entire book — probably because she wasn't related to the Coffeys. The things that bothered me the most were the unanswered questions/problems. Why did Martha fall apart and why was everyone tripping over themselves to make her happy? Why did Cleo and Max have to move home at all? He got a good job after school, and surely they could still afford their apartment on his salary if they could "afford" it while they were in school. Why didn't Weezy ever confront her children instead of enabling them at every turn? Why were all the men so one-dimensional? The peripheral lesbian cousins were drawn out with more enthusiasm than any of the men. Ugh. At the end, I felt like I spent way too much time hanging out with people I didn't even like, and I was stupider for having done so.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read A nice easy read. There wasn't a massive climax or anything, but the family is very likable. A good story.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall a good read This novel takes us through a tough year for a family with three grown children. Each chapter is told through the perspective of one female family member and shines a light on the complexities of life and dealing with the unexpected. Overall a good read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-28

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Girls in White Dresses:
 • "What a delight! The young women in this hugely appealing book are charming, funny, rueful, poignant--just liked their creator, in other words, one of the freshest and most appealing new voices in fiction." --Ann Packer
 • "Close's witty voice . . . charts the romantic shenanigans of a bevy of New York women in their 20s." --The New York Times