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Picks and Pans Review: Rise and Shine

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By Anna Quindlen

REVIEWED BY MARIA SPEIDEL

NOVEL

Quindlen’s fifth novel is the engaging but uneven story of two New York sisters. The elder, Meghan, is a successful morning TV host with an imploding personal life. The narrator, Bridget, a Bronx social worker, plays second-banana Ann Curry to her sister’s Katie Couric. A novel of manners is superimposed on top of this, but the supporting cast—surgically altered socialites, a sassy ex-welfare mom and a mayor with a bad comb-over—seem merely grafted on. Still, Quindlen’s nuanced portrait of the sisters’ relationship is artfully portrayed. As Bridget’s boyfriend puts it, “You love somebody … and you give them a break. And they do things you don’t like, but you love them so you go along.”