Jan 312011

Modernizing Sense and Sensibility is Currently All the Rage!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

With Cathleen Schine’s The Three Weissmann’s of Westport, Allegra Goodman’s The Cookbook Collector, and the recently released From Prada to Nada now in theaters, it would appear that modernizing Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and bringing it into the twenty-first century is currently en vogue. All of these titles are inspired by the same novel, yet each story is unique in its reincarnation and representation of Jane Austen’s classic themes and characters. In The Three Weissmann’s of Westport, Cathleen Schine focuses on the familiar tale of three women, in reduced circumstances, battling heartbreak and disappointment.

Instead of a widowed mother and her two young daughters, we are introduced to a soon-to-be divorced Betty Weissmann (age 75) and her two older, unmarried daughters Annie (age 52) and Miranda (age 49). After nearly fifty years of marriage, Joe Weissmann files for divorce because he has fallen in love with his secretary. His secretary, a conniving and manipulative Fanny Dashwood type, persuades him that the beautiful and grand Central Park West apartment would be too much of a burden for his ex-wife and convinces him to retain it for himself (for herself). And so, Betty, stripped of husband, home, and livelihood, relocates to a cottage in Westport, Connecticut. Miranda and Annie decide to sublet their apartments so they could move in with their mother and provide emotional and financial support. And thus, the adventure of three diverse women living under one roof begins… Continue reading »