Twelve Rooms with a View

A Novel

Publisher: Crown
How would it feel to go overnight from living in a trailer park to a twelve-room apartment overlooking Central Park in a landmark Victorian building?
 
This is what happens to housecleaner Tina Finn, who, with her sisters, Alison and Lucy, suddenly comes into possession of the Livingston Mansion Apartment at the Edgewood. The Finn sisters inherit the $11 million property from their estranged alcoholic mother, but they aren’t the only siblings vying for it. Their mother’s wealthy second husband, Bill—who died just three weeks before Tina’s mother—has two sons. And they are furious at the thought of losing the apartment that’s been in their family for generations. 

Tina moves into the nearly vacant, palatial space to solidify her claim to it, but she soon discovers that Bill’s sons aren’t the only ones who want her out. The building’s other residents are none too pleased by her presence either. In fact, the co-op board has designs on wresting control of the apartment from both sets of children. 

As Tina fends off all the people who want to evict her (or worse), she starts to get involved in her neighbors’ complex lives. There’s the mercurial, eccentric botanist who may be either a friend or an enemy; the self-absorbed, randy son of the co-op board president, whose friendship without benefits Tina tries to curry; the large, chaotic family whose depressed teenage daughter becomes Tina’s ally and spy; the ghost Tina hears crying at night in her apartment’s secret room . . . 

In this entertaining yarn by acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, and author Theresa Rebeck, we follow Tina Finn—a woman both comical and compelling, well intentioned and a bit of a thief—as she begins to love her new home, discovers traits to admire in people she’s only just met, and realizes, finally, her place in her family and the world.


From the Hardcover edition.

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I was actually standing on the edge of my mother’s open grave when I heard about the house. Some idiot with tattoos and a shovel had tossed a huge wad of dirt at me. I think he was perturbed that everyone else had taken off, the way they’re supposed to, and I was standing there like someone had brained me with...
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PRAISE FOR

"Rebeck flawlessly, uproariously captures what it means to covet that elusive, transformative, deluxe apartment in the sky."
USA Today

"Tina is the type of heroine readers wish for; a little unsure of her place in the world yet well-intentioned. At various turns compelling, yet just a little bit devious…Make sure to add this book to your reading list this year."
Sacramento Book Review

"Greed, sibling rivalry and generational dysfunction are at the heart of this clever, entertaining exploration of family dynamics…. An unusual and inventive adventure…The stories in this building are poignant, tragic and complex, Tina the catalyst for shocking revelations and dark secrets, for poisonous relationships and unexpected forgiveness. Whether money and property can purchase happiness or not, Tina is the beneficiary of her experience, discovering the value of integrity and the price of belonging in the world."
—Curled Up with a Good Book, curledup.com

"The scenes are impeccably handled and laughs abound."
Kirkus

"Theresa Rebeck upends the fairy tale of New York privilege in this giddy, entertaining satire, set in an enchanted castle peopled with pampered royals, urban witches, deposed princes and one very wily damsel.  As she did so deftly in Three Girls and Their Brother, Rebeck makes hilarious use of our baser instincts and obsessions."
—Susanna Sonnenberg
 
“Theresa Rebeck wonderfully captures the not-so-uncommon wars that can erupt when a luxurious old apartment passes from one generation to another.  Eccentric characters, a building rich with lore, and a high stakes tale set in the world of Manhattan real estate makes the story more real than real!”
—Barbara Corcoran
 
"In New York City, real estate isn't just part of the story, it is the story. Reading this book is like getting buzzed into an exclusive world, where sons with the arrogant confidence of the very rich collide with accidental wealth mixed with a pinch of eccentricity. The result is funny and insightful--believe it or not, characters like this exist in the real world too!"
—Jennifer Gould Keil, New York Post columnist

 
Praise for THREE GIRLS AND THEIR BROTHER
 
“A deliciously wicked satire.”
People (4 out of 4 stars)
 
“A wickedly enjoyable exposé of modern celebrity.”
Kirkus (starred review)
 
“A fizzy satire of celeb-obsessed NYC about flame-haired teenage sisters who get photographed for The New Yorker and soon become megastars.”
Entertainment Weekly (A-)
 
Three Girls and Their Brother is pointed and funny, an entertaining, cautionary story about the powerful and the preyed upon.”
Boston Globe
 
“In her funny and well-observed first novel, award-winning Broadway playwright Rebeck (Omnium Gatherum; Mauritius) weighs in on the peculiarity and absurdity of fame in modern America.”
Library Journal


From the Hardcover edition.