The Pretty One by Lucinda Rosenfeld

Three sisters approaching middle age find themselves caught in the roles they were assigned as children, and now the family tension is threatening to explode.

I loved the caustic, witty tone of Lucinda Rosenfeld’s I’m So Happy For You, and The Pretty One didn’t disappoint.

Olympia is the titular pretty one, but she won’t tell anyone in her family that she used a sperm donor to conceive her 3 year old daughter Lola. Imperia (Perri) seemingly has the perfect life, but her obsession with order and appearance are imploding her marriage. And Augusta (Gus) has always been a free spirit, but a recent breakup has her wondering if she could possibly be attracted to men after a lifetime of lesbianism.

The sisters can’t forget old insults and injuries, and none of them can set their pride aside for the good of the family. It was really fun watching these women work out their issues and grow out of their childhood ways. Rosenfeld crafts great characters, and while the plot had some contrivances, I was willing to forgive.

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