Gossip

by Nancy



                               

At the beginning of Gossip, author Beth Gutcheon tells us that the word gossip comes from god-sibling:

It’s the talk between people who are godparents to the same child, people who have a legitimate loving interest in the person they talk about. It’s talk that weaves a net of support and connection beneath the people you want to protect.

Lovie French attends boarding school as a young girl, and there she meets two women who will remain in her life for years to come. Dinah is wealthier and more popular, but takes Lovie under her wing. Avis is 2 years older than Lovie and Dinah, thrust together due to the school’s desire to teach “young ladies to converse graciously with companions they had no interest in.” A small slight gets under Dinah’s skin, with consequences that would be felt for years to come.

After graduation Lovie and Dinah remain close friends. Lovie works in the fashion industry, first as an apprentice and eventually going on to own her own high-end boutique, and becomes godmother to Dinah’s youngest son, Nick. Lovie and Avis meet again years after their school days and also become friends. While the story is told by Lovie, the focus of the novel is really Dinah and Avis’s antagonistic relationship and a tragedy that affects both of their families. As a writer, Dinah becomes famous for her column dishing on Manhattan’s upper class, while Avis is well-known and quietly respected in the art world. Their worlds are brought together when Nick becomes involved with Avis’s daughter Grace.

Lovie’s close working relationship with socialites and other prominent Manhattan women puts her in the position of knowing much of what goes on in people’s lives, and she often overhears gossip involving Dinah. While Lovie is part of Dinah’s inner circle while they are young, as they grow older and their lives diverge, Lovie finds herself more on the outside and growing closer to Avis.

On reflection, Gossip is a novel with multiple layers. Dinah dishes through her column but is also herself the subject of much scuttlebutt. Lovie’s own life isn’t free from scandal as she’s involved with a man she refers to has her friend, and her method of relaying the events of the book often feel like she’s dishing and enjoying it. Gutcheon’s writing pulls you in and drags you along for the ride, whether you like it or not.

We have a copy of Gossip for one winner, U.S. only. Leave a comment to be entered to win. The winner will be announced April 11. This giveaway is closed.

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1 Pearl March 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

What a great giveaway. I would enjoy this book. Thanks.

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2 Sandra K321 March 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

Would enjoy reading this. Thanks.

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3 Liz March 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Not an entry, but a note that I read and enjoyed Gossip.

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4 Brooke March 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Sounds like a good read. Please enter me!
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5 Jeff March 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Would like to win a copy, thanks

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6 Ruthie B March 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Thank you for the chance!

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7 debbie March 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I would love to read this book, it sounds really good.
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8 Natalia March 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Would like to win this book.

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9 Tammy Gordon March 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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10 Cindi April 1, 2012 at 12:59 am

This book sounds like it has interesting
characters and I would love to read it and
see how they evolve…
Many thanks, Cindi

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11 Kayo April 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

I’d love love love to read this one.
Sounds like a book pertinent to our time.
Thanks for the opportunity!

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12 Patricia April 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Would love to win.

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13 June April 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm

This book sounds great.

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14 Dianne April 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Sounds like a good book with interesting characters. Thanks for the giveaway

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15 Beth C April 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

Please enter me for this. I think the book sounds very good!
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16 Angela E. April 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

Would like to read.

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17 Stephanie April 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Would love to win this.
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18 Van April 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Another good book to read.

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19 Chuck April 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

This sounds really interesting.

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20 Bonnie April 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Great review! And thanks for the giveaway opportunity. :)

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21 Linda Kish April 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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22 Anita Yancey April 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I have been hearing a lot of good things about this book, and I would love the chance to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

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23 Lori April 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

This book sounds wonderful.

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24 Nancy April 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Congratulations Lori, you won! Please reply to this email with your address and we’ll pass it along.
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