"funny, poignant and dramatic family saga"
She is twenty-eight years old, never held a job for more
than three months, and likes to party on somebody else's
dime. Maggie Feller has learning disabilities that make
her feel inferior to her older sister Rose who breezed
through law school and landed a job as junior partner at a
prestigious firm. Rose takes Maggie in when she runs out
of money but kicks her out when she discovers her boyfriend
in bed with her sister.
Maggie goes to Florida to meet the grandmother she has
never known and she gradually makes a place for herself in
her elderly relative's heart. Rose quits her job and
becomes a dog walker, not caring to learn the
whereabouts of her sister. When she finds out that Maggie
is in Florida with the grandmother she also never met, Rose
flies down for an awkward family reunion. It is up to
Maggie to find a way to heal past wounds and old injuries.
IN HER SHOES is a funny, poignant and dramatic family saga
starring three very different women with different needs
and regrets. It is a story about a dysfunctional family
and the love that binds them in spite of themselves.
Readers will empathize with Maggie because she has the most
to overcome but the audience also will feel for Rose and
the betrayal that deeply hurt her. Fans will admire the
changes she makes in her life because of it. Jennifer
Weiner is a talented storyteller who knows how to describe
the human condition.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 15, 2002
Meet Rose Feller. She's thirty years old and a high-
powered attorney with a secret passion for romance novels.
She has an exercise regime she's going to start next week,
and she dreams of a man who will slide off her glasses,
gaze into her eyes, and tell her that she's beautiful. She
also dreams of getting her fantastically screwed-up little
sister to get her life together.
Meet Rose's sister, Maggie. Twenty-eight years old,
drop-dead gorgeous and only occasionally employed, Maggie
sings backup in a band called Whiskered Biscuit. Although
her dreams of big-screen stardom haven't progressed past
her left hip's appearance in a Will Smith video, Maggie
dreams of fame and fortune -- and of getting her dowdy big
sister to stick to a skin-care regime.
These two women with nothing in common but a childhood
tragedy, shared DNA, and the same size feet, are about to
learn that their family is more different than they ever
imagined, and that they're more alike than they'd ever
believe. In Her Shoes -- Jennifer Weiner's follow-up to her
critically acclaimed debut, Good in Bed -- observes Rose
and Maggie, the brain and the beauty, as they make journeys
of discovery that take them from the streets of
Philadelphia to Ivy League libraries to a "retirement
community for active seniors" in Boca Raton. Along the way,
they'll encounter a wild cast of characters -- from a
stepmother who's into recreational Botox to a small,
disdainful pug with no name. They'll borrow shoes and
clothes and boyfriends, and make peace with their most
intimate enemies -- each other.
Funny and poignant, richly detailed and wrenchingly real,
In Her Shoes will speak to anyone who has endured the bonds
of big -- or little -- sisterhood, or longed for a life
different from the one the world has dictated, and dreamed
of trying something else on for size.