The Smart One
Weezy and Will Coffey raised their children, Martha, Claire, and Max, to be kind, smart, and independent. They gave them help with their homework, a dog, and homemade birthday cakes. It's true that Martha's a little too sensitive--she calls Claire several times a week to discuss natural disasters and local crime. And Claire has a short fuse with her sister--she becomes irate when Martha suggests that the two of them attend couples therapy. And Max, the baby and a senior in college, is a little too happy-go-lucky--though not as lucky as everyone would hope. Still, their parents did their best preparing them for the world. So why, Weezy wonders, is Martha living in her childhood bedroom after a career flame-out? And why has Claire canceled her wedding and locked herself in her New York apartment? And how has Max managed to get himself into a girlfriend fiasco? A story about the ways in which we never really grow up, The Smart One is a witty, gossipy, perfectly drawn portrait of family life.
• "What a delight! The young women in this hugely appealing book are charming, funny, rueful, poignant--just liked their creator, in other words, one of the freshest and most appealing new voices in fiction." --Ann Packer
• "Close's witty voice . . . charts the romantic shenanigans of a bevy of New York women in their 20s." --The New York Times