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Review: Gossip

May 6, 2012

Did you know that the origin of the word gossip in English is ‘god-sibling’? It’s the talk between people who are godparents to the same child, people who have a legitimate loving interest in the person they talk about. It’s talk that weaves a net of support and connection beneath the people you want to protect.

Lovie, Dinah, and Avis met when they were students at Miss Pratt’s boarding school. Lovie and Dinah were both scholarship students and they became fast friends. Avis was older so they didn’t know her that well in school.

Lovie didn’t have money for college so she apprenticed for a fancy clothing store, eventually owning one of her own. She caters to the rich and famous, which include both Dinah and Avis. They both love Lovie, but they don’t love each other. Lovie is the godmother of Dinah’s son and when he falls in love with Avis’s daughter, she’s thrilled. No one else seems to be, though, and, in the end, she finds herself caught in the middle of a horrible tragedy.

Gossip, by Beth Gutcheon, is told from Lovie’s point of view. She’s initially unsure of herself at Miss Pratt’s since she’s attending on a scholarship and thrown in with so many students from moneyed families. Even though Dinah’s a scholarship student as well, she’s full of confidence and bravado and takes Lovie under her wing. I appreciated the friendship these women shared and understood Lovie’s desire to have her friends get along.

I really enjoyed following the lives of Lovie and her friends through the years, even though there wasn’t a lot of action in the book until close to the end. By that point, I felt like I knew the characters very well and I was floored by what happened. I may have even gasped. I felt for all of the women and appreciated Lovie’s loyalty to her friends – she was put in a very difficult position and tried to make the best of it. Those who enjoy books about women’s friendships should enjoy this one as well.

I listened to the audio version of Gossip – it’s narrated by Kimberly Farr and I thought she was a good fit for the book. The audio version lasts approximately eight and a half hours.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
24 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    May 6, 2012 7:13 am

    Kimberly Farr is a great narrator. I’ve heard, contrary to what that cover says, that this is so much more than a chick book.

  2. May 6, 2012 7:30 am

    I did not realise that origin of the word gossip. Funny how we so often use the word with ‘destructive’ rather than ‘protective’ intent these days….

  3. May 6, 2012 9:00 am

    Glad to hear this is a good one, I’ll be reading this one very soon myself.

  4. May 6, 2012 9:44 am

    I am trying to imagine listening to this book….I read it and loved it. However, I can imagine a good narrator might make all the difference. Music at crucial moments might heighten the themes, too. Thanks for sharing!

  5. May 6, 2012 12:48 pm

    I have the print version which I am looking forward to reading soon. Interesting about the origin of ‘gossip’, I didn’t know that either.

  6. May 6, 2012 2:01 pm

    Not sure this book is my cup ‘o tea, but the word origin was very interesting!

  7. May 6, 2012 2:23 pm

    Excellent review! This sounds wonderful, and I often enjoy books (and movies) that aren’t action packed. 🙂

  8. May 6, 2012 2:57 pm

    I enjoy books about female friendships so I will keep my eye out for this one·.

  9. bookingmama permalink
    May 6, 2012 3:15 pm

    Sounds like a fun one for me while I run!

  10. May 6, 2012 3:29 pm

    I love books about women’s friendships, so this one sounds like my cup of tea. Will definitely be checking it out! Thanks 🙂

  11. May 6, 2012 4:22 pm

    I saw the header for this post and thought you would be talking about like something that is going on in the blogisphere or something! LOL

  12. Beth Hoffman permalink
    May 6, 2012 5:01 pm

    Terrific review, Kathy! I’ll have to check this one out.

  13. May 6, 2012 7:09 pm

    I would have never guessed that was the origin of the word gossip!

  14. May 6, 2012 8:29 pm

    Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the definition of gossip…never knew that. 🙂

  15. May 6, 2012 8:30 pm

    What an interesting post.

  16. Patty permalink
    May 6, 2012 9:57 pm

    I have this and because of your words..I will read it soon!!!

  17. May 6, 2012 10:41 pm

    OOH you have inspired my Kathy! I have been struggling with the book version.

  18. Beth F permalink
    May 7, 2012 8:40 am

    I have this in print and audio. Can’t wait to read it.

  19. May 7, 2012 3:05 pm

    I absolutely loved this book and was completely floored by what happened, too — I don’t know if I just missed the signs or what, but I was openly shocked. Definitely much weightier than the lighthearted cover would suggest.

  20. May 8, 2012 2:20 am

    I read Meg’s review and I really wan to read this one, too! I love books about friendships. Great review!

  21. May 8, 2012 9:31 am

    I have just gotten this one out of the library on audio after reading a wealth of good reviews in the past few weeks. It sounds like one that I would love, and even if it is a quieter book, I think I would really appreciate it. I am also looking forward to that gasp moment now 🙂

  22. May 8, 2012 12:54 pm

    I like the origin of the word. Too bad now it’s an ugly hobby (and job) for many.

  23. May 9, 2012 9:08 pm

    Gasped and floored?!! Must read it!

  24. boardinginmyforties permalink
    June 4, 2012 2:09 pm

    I do enjoy books about women and their friendships. This might be a good one for me to recommend for my book club!

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