Sarah Solomon is a single writer for a woman's magazine living and working in New York City. During a very rough week Sarah discovers that she is pregnant by her boyfriend of two months, Griffin, and then receives a wedding announcement from her fiftyish father, who is marrying a woman younger than herself. When she informs Griffin that she is expecting their child he treats her as if she has the bubonic plague and then weakly informs her that he is not ready to become a father.
Meanwhile, Sarah's older sister Ally has just discovered her husband Andrew cheating on her with her very own Pilates instructor in their suburban home. Devastated by Andrew's betrayal, and even further destroyed by the news that her husband secretly had a vasectomy (despite the fact that they "had been trying" to conceive for five years), Ally walks out on her husband. At the same time, Zoe, the half sister of Ally and Sarah, has flown to New York city from the West coast in search of her mother, who has vowed to stop her ex husband's impending wedding. Zoe has just been dumped by her boyfriend, Charlie, who told her that she had been giving out signals for some time that she wasn't ready for their relationship. Upon arriving in New York, Zoe runs into Daniel, a high school friend who had a major league crush on her back in the day. Suddenly, Daniel is looking pretty good to Zoe!
Suddenly, all three sisters find themselves living in a single room together in their father's penthouse apartment. Zoe, in search of her mother in New York city, ends up crashing at her Dad's place. Ally, after walking out of her suburban home and her cheating hubby, finds herself at her father's doorstep. Pregnant Sarah has been given notice by her roommate that her fiance is moving in and Sarah must vacate the premises. Although Sarah and Ally have always been close, Ally has always taken a disciplinarian role with her younger sister, a fact that sometimes rankles Sarah. Ally has played the motherly role since the untimely death of their beloved mother. As the half sister, Zoe has never felt embraced or accepted by either of her sisters. But who could blame them? she asks herself. After all, their father left Ally and Sarah's mother to be with her mother. What kids wouldn't resent that? Suddenly, the three sisters find themselves bonding over cheating hubbies, morning sickness, dating advice, internet dating services and bad date stories. Although the girls have never felt they could depend on their unpredictable father, they are suddenly forced to realize that family is stronger than they ever imagined.
This report prepared by Sandra Calhoune
Red Dress, Dec 2003, 12.95, 320 pp.
The three Solomon sisters seem to be living the ideal Manhattan yuppie life style. Each is successful in their particular career and their love lives are blooming, but the latter will change.
Wow magazine editor Sarah has dated Griffen for two months, only to learn she is six weeks pregnant. When she explains why she is not drinking alcohol at dinner, Griffen looks like someone kicked him in the gut.
Cynical (at least about the pregnant pause of men when it comes to pregnancy) oldest sibling Ally has failed to become pregnant after years of trying. When Ally's ovulation informs her that this is the ideal time to become pregnant, she finds spouse Andrew wasting sperm on Marnie.
Youngest sister, Zoe, a dating advisor, feels like a lawyer when it comes to herself as a client. She has learned her shortcomings when her client asked her to determine whether her date is a winner, but a stunned Zoe knows him too well.
When their father announces his engagement to Giselle, who is younger than his daughters, the trio figures they still need to wise up when it comes to men.
THE SOLOMON SISTERS WISE UP is a humorous chick lit tale that rotates the story between the three siblings by alternating chapters. That makes for extra amusement when readers observe the same incident from radically different perspectives, but also difficult to follow as there are three equal subplots intersecting with their father's tale. Melissa Senate provides a solid look at modern female singles struggling to achieve in relationships what they seem to effortlessly accomplish in business All this is found inside a screwball romp.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner