She, Myself & I
Whitney Gaskell
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She, Myself & I

Whitney Gaskell
400 pages
September 2005
rated 5 of 5 possible stars
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Not one but three interlinking stories about the lives, loves and tribulations of the three Cassel sisters -Paige, Sophie and Mickey, who are as different as could possibly be - make up this engaging new novel by Whitney Gaskell.

The eldest, Paige, a shark of a divorce attorney, has her self-confidence severely shaken as her own marriage breaks up when her husband comes out of the closet. Will a one-night stand prove to be the cure? Sophie, meanwhile, seems to have the perfect marriage and is eagerly expecting a baby. Weight gain, post-partum depression and ogling handsome men are just a few of the unexpected side effects she has to face. Mickey, the most beautiful and brilliant of the sisters, finds herself stuck with going to medical school even as she longs for a totally different career. To top it all off, their parents, who made the sisters’ lives hell growing up as they worked their way through an acrimonious divorce, are now acting all lovey-dovey. How all these diverse stories blend together and the sisters work out things, while not always harmoniously but ever so engagingly, makes for rapid page-flipping reading.

Whitney Gaskell’s books always seem to address issues close to women’s hearts in a breezy, light-hearted manner that doesn’t eclipse the seriousness underneath. So it is with this novel, too, which is actually a three-stories-in-one kind of thing. And although the stories appear sequentially, they’re interwoven seamlessly. Like their parents, the sisters are all well-developed, nicely flawed characters, which means they fight and bicker and still stand up for each other, as true siblings are apt to. So are the men in their lives. This realistic touch makes it all seem so close to one’s own life.

This book touches upon divorce and its varied consequences both through Paige and her parents, pregnancy and its aftermath, and that of youthful dreams against harsh realities - all serious issues in and as of themselves, but coated with that typical Gaskell humor which prevents it from becoming maudlin. Funny, intelligent and rational, this book is a joy to read.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Rashmi Srinivas, 2005

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