A witty and wildly enjoyable novel about the two adult daughters of an advice columnist and their meddling mother. Gina Sorell has created a captivating cast of characters and employs page-turning plotting and deep insight into family and relationship dynamics. Fans of Meg Wolitzer, Emma Straub, Claire Lombardo, Elinor Lipman, and Lian Dolan will love the Wise family.
THREE WISE WOMEN
by Gina Sorell
HarperCollins, January 2022
Famed advice columnist Wendy Wise has been teaching women how to live their best lives for four decades, so why are her own two daughters such a mess? Clementine, who followed her mother’s advice to the letter, has just discovered that her husband secretly funneled their home fund into his fledgling business, while Barb, who always did the opposite of Wendy’s advice, is juggling too many projects and has moved back in with her cheating girlfriend. When Wendy swoops into town to save the day, the girls discover that their mother has problems of her own to address, and the three Wise women must confront the disappointments and heartaches that have accumulated between them over the years. Together, they learn that life and love don’t always look the way we think they should, and that what you want isn’t always what you need. At once witty and wise, humorous and heartbreaking, THREE WISE WOMEN is a novel about aging and change, the struggle to move forward into uncharted territory, and the courage and power of love to embrace a future that looks different than the one we expected.
Gina Sorell’s debut novel, Mothers and Other Strangers, was published by Prospect Park Books in May, 2017, quickly went into three printings, made the best-seller lists at several bookstores, and continues to find new readers. The novel has received wonderful press in the United States and Canada, including Good Housekeeping (Riveting!), The Toronto Star (One Mother of a Story), The Globe and Mail (An author to watch!), San Francisco Book Review (4/5 Stars) and made the Best Of lists at Refinery 29 and Self Magazine. It was also chosen as a Great Group Reads of 2017, Foreword Reviews Favorite, Best for Bookclubs by Chapters Indigo Bookstores, and Library Journal called it A Felicitous Find.