Rise and Shine Author:Anna Quindlen It's an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice's perfect life hits a wall. A household name as the host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break--but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. — In an instant, it's the end of an era,... more » not only for Meghan, who is unaccustomed to dealing with adversity, but also for her younger sister, Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow. The effect of Meghan's on-air truth telling reverberates through both their lives, affecting Meghan's son, husband, friends, and fans, as well as Bridget's perception of her sister, their complex childhood, and herself. What follows is a story about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice women adapt, survive, and manage to bring the whole teeming world of New York to heel by dint of their smart mouths, quick wits, and the powerful connection between them that even the worst tragedy cannot shatter.« less
I found this book captured my interest and held it to well that I read it through in one day. For anyone who has a sibling they love but has chosen a different career lifestyle than thier own this will prbably hit a cord. I enjoyed all the laughs, tears and balance Anna Quindlen had to offer. Look forward to reading more of her work.
This is the first book of Ms. Quindlen's that I have read and it pulled me in immediately. Anyone who has a sister can relate to the way she shows the dramatic differences between siblings and yet the things that bind them. This is really two stories that blend just as families do. Meghan and Bridget have a deep bond as two sisters that lost their parents early and stayed close into adulthood even though their careers and personal lives took very different directions. It is the unexpected turns in our lives that try us the most as both of these sisters find out. A quick and memorable read.
This is the first work by Quindlen I have read and really enjoyed it. Her wit coupled with her observations about life in New York City and the upper classes and/or famous were sarcastic, snarky and probably true. The story is about two sisters, each facing a new crossroad in their life - dealing with loss and new beginnings at the same time. There are lines that will have you laughing out loud. And the more somber moments are not that bleak that they bring the story down. A very evenly paced novel.
I was intrigued by the beginning but didn't find enough meat in the rest of the story to quench my appetite. I found this to a disappointment based on the other Anna Quindlen books I've read and felt that it was gimicky, although it was a quick read and I was able to wrap it up rather quickly.
What happened to Anna Quindlen? I have really loved all of her other books and then I picked this up and....YUCK! There was just no substance to it. It was so predictable I thought she was writing a script for LifeTime Movies. It was basically, "My sister is really famous and she just blew her career....WHAH!" If you want an Anna Quindlen treat, buy "Blessings"!
Rise and Shine was a quick and easy read for me, and while I enjoyed it, I did not love it. At times the writing did not appeal to me as the author interjects long descriptive segments into conversations or interactions between characters. While the author has an obvious gift for painting the picture of her characters and setting, this detracts from the story for me.
As far as the plot, it held my interest throughout the book. I enjoyed the obvious bond between sisters in this book, even though at times I disliked how both sisters acted; which overall made the book seem more real. However, some pieces of the story felt unrealistic to me, most poignantly the idea that a news anchor would have been persecuted to the extent that Meghan was considering the circumstances. I also didn't find any of the characters to be particularly likable, with the exception of Leo.
Having said all that, I would recommend the book, but wouldn't list it as a favorite. I enjoyed the story even if I didn't love it.