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Gossip

3.2 of 5 stars 3.20  ·  rating details  ·  777 ratings  ·  173 reviews
The critically acclaimed author of Good-bye and Amen, Leeway Cottage, and More Than You Know returns with a sharply perceptive and emotionally resonant novel about all the ways we talk about one another, the sometimes fine line between showing concern and doing damage, and the difficulty of knowing the true obligations of friendship.

Loviah “Lovie” French owns a small, high...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bonnie
My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars
A copy of Gossip was provided to me by William Morrow for review purposes.

'Interesting how things change: the people you thought would be friends forever disappear, and others become more and more important to you over time.'

Lovie French is a sixty year old boutique owner living in Manhattan and is the narrator of the story. She is still close to her two best friends, Avis and Dinah, that she went to school with when they were young and over time their families have beco...more
Nancy
My thoughts: Gutcheon has a solid writing style and POV. I really have no strong opinions one way or the other with this book. It's about three women who went to an elite high school and had Lovie as the connecting point. Avis is the older of the three and much more refined. She marries rich albeit older and has a daughter named Grace.

Dinah's character is solid and remains unchanging. She is loud, fun and irreverent. She marries Richard and has two sons; one is responsible and the other is not....more
Jennifer Louden
I loved this book and could not stop reading it - a smart contemporary Edith Wharton mini-saga. Love Gutcheon's writing in general - her books have long been favorites. Then why not 4 stars?

The mean spirit that creeps in - not from the author but from the characters - hurt to read. I totally bought it but didn't like it.

The main - yet still minor - downgrade for me was the focus on how women look, and how that is part of their worth. Again, this is central to the story. I get that. But it piss...more
Book Him Danno
Loviah French is stuck. Having come from the wrong side of the tracks she has gotten into an elite prep school on scholarship. While there she belongs without belonging, ultimately graduating with two opposite, but life long friends. Instead of attending college like them, she instead interns with a high end dress shop, ultimately becoming an in-demand dresser for the rich and famous; including her friends. She has a relationship with a married family man, stealing bits of time and happiness ar...more
Amanda
About halfway through this book I remember thinking that it was exactly what I needed. I'd been doing some heavier reading and Gossip seemed like a nice, light, chick-lit book that I could really enjoy without becoming super emotionally involved.

I was wrong. First, I hated the ending. Absolutely hated it. Second, nothing good happens in this book. Out of all the characters there are seriously no "happy ever afters". None. Third, the writing felt kind of empty, almost like someone was telling yo...more
Rori
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Elizabeth
I loved this book. I can't explain all the 'whys' right now. I loved it. period. I'm not going to try to pick it apart and explain. It fit me at just the right time or maybe it would fit me at anytime. I don't know what other books this author has written but I will look into them.

I was thinking a bit more about Gossip. I felt it had a bit of an abrupt ending, Part of me feels like that abruptness was perfect and echoed some aspects of abruptness throughout the book. Another part of me was annoy...more
Samantha
Gossip is a book that I probably wouldn't have picked for the blurb on the back alone but I did like the cover and felt that this would have pushed me into buying it.

To be honest I didn't really connect with the book; I found there was little to keep me interested, the characters were flat and I found it hard to relate to them, the story line was very slow and I really struggled to keep up with what was going on with all the jumping about in the past and present. It felt a confusing read not one...more
Samantha Janning
Some books I just can’t connect with, and unfortunately Gossip by Beth Gutcheon was one of those. I was looking forward to this book – who doesn’t love some gossip and I thought the cover was really cute - but it just fell flat for me. The beginning started off slowly – way too slowly – and it was downhill for me from there. The story is narrated by Lovie Walker, yet the POV is divided amongst her and two other characters. There’s a lot of jumping between past and present and POV that made it ha...more
Jael
Ever read a book and thought, "It's ok, but not great." That's what I was thinking as I was nearing the end of Gossip by Beth Gutcheon. ... But then you get to the end, and you're opinion TOTALLY changes. You start thinking deeper about everything you just read.

Gossip, what does it really mean? I always thought it was a rumor spread by a bunch of spiteful and nosy people. I still think that, but the original meaning was talk between two people who are the godparents of the same child. Interestin...more
Karen
I've read all of Beth Gutcheon's books years ago. I love how each chapter usually deals with a separate character in the book and then later on in the book it all comes together. Gossip had about every other paragraph dealing with another character's story/life moment. It was too scatter-brained for me to really follow the story line without getting annoyed with some other non-necessary tid-bit of information on someone that just didn't seem to fit the mood of the page I was on.

Halfway into the...more
Sandie
How tenacious is that inborn instinct to know all there is to know about other human beings and to distribute our knowledge to those around us. Most of us prefer to think gossip is just a "sharing" of information, but often this sharing is destructive and occasionally even deadly.

GOSSIP is the new offering by Beth Gutcheon that relates the story of Dinah, Avis and Loviah "Lovie", three women from diverse backgrounds who form an unlikely bond while at boarding school, and follows their relationsh...more
Anne
Loviah French, or 'Lovie' as she is known, is piggy-in-the-middle. She met and made friends with both Dinah and Avis when they all attended the same boarding school back in 1960. Dinah and Avis are worlds apart, and can't stand each other, yet both of them are great friends to Lovie.

The story is set in New York and is told in the voice of a now middle-aged Lovie. Lovie is looking back on her friendship with the other two women and Gutcheon's tells the story of how they all grew to be the women t...more
Joodith
This book takes us from the 1950's when three young girls, Loviah, Dinah and Avis, meet at boarding school. Loviah, the narrator of the story now owns a small boutique dress shop catering for New York high society; Dinah, with her sarcasm and zest for life finds her perfect role as a gossip columnist whilst quiet, self-effacing Avis is an art buyer for wealthy art collectors.

Loviah gently takes us through the stories of their loves, lives, marriages and everything in between through the decades,...more
Fiona Valpy
At first I thought this was simply a stylish and entertaining read about New York society, spanning several decades. But as I continued I realised there was a much more serious message here too. Why is it that we are so inclined to talk about the things we shouldn't, and to avoid talking about the things we SHOULD?
Lorna
Read as more of a history of Lovie and her friends than as a narrative. Had trouble keeping characters straight, didn't see a lot of continuity between the characters in their youth vs as they aged. Just didn't care about their problems.
Julie
I had to reflect for a few weeks before I could sum up what worked about this book. Beth Gutcheon has yet to disappoint me.

Gutcheon created a novel that reveals the same level of intimacy about the characters that the characters reveal to each other. And to brilliant effect.

Three women, each from different socio-economic and societal backgrounds, find their lives interwoven through friendship, animosity, and life's painful moments. As they age, they move in elite New York social circles of varyi...more
Antoinette
You truly can't judge a book by its cover, and this novel is a prime example. It looks like chick lit and sounds like chick lit, so it must be chick lit, no? No. (But there are high heels AND pink type on the front! Has the whole world gone topsy-turvy?) It's actually a thoughtful novel about society circles. It's about what's said to others and, sometimes more important, what isn't said.

The narrator is a member of a group I occasionally wish I could join: those who can keep their opinions to th...more
Donna Jo Atwood
This is one of those books that you almost don't read because the title makes it sound like a mindless little chick lit or teen angst-y thing and that's not what you're in the mood for right now. Well, in this case, the title is misleading--and spot on at the same time.

Lovie has been friends with Dinah and Avis (who are not "best" friends with each other) since they were boarding school classmates in the 1960s. It is now fifty years later and we find out where the friendships have led. In a way...more
Wendy Hines
What a great novel! Lovie is the storyteller, a woman who owns a small dress shop in Manhattan and holds dearly onto all the dark secrets of her clients. Two of them, Dinah and Avis, she went to boarding school with and they've stayed friends though-out the years. But now Dinah and Avis's children are in a relationship and hopefully all those secrets - stay secrets, or not only will their relationship be in trouble, but the three woman's friendships and those that it affects - much like a domino...more
Alexis Villery
Three women connected through an elite boarding school grow through life's trials and tribulations. Where Avis is quiet and refined, Dinah is outgoing, loud, and fun. Avis marries an alcoholic and raises her only daughter, Grace with the help of her stepmother and the nanny. Dinah marries and has two boys. One is responsible and the other wanders through life without much direction and undecided about his goals. Lovie finds herself solidly in the middle of both. She chooses a life as an outsider...more
Candace
Gossip, by Beth Gutcheon, is a novel surrounding a group of well to do friends living in Manhattan's Upper East Side. The story is told from the view point of Lovie, an unmarried, sixty-something high end boutique owner. Without a family of her own, Lovie considers her two best friends and their children her family. Dinah is a well known and equally high maintenance gossip columnist/author/aspiring chef. Quiet and dignified Avis is a successful high end art dealer. In these three women Gutcheon...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
This story is told from the POV of Lovie, the not-so-rich girl that is befriended by both Dinah and Avis while in boarding school. Lovie goes on to be a successful dress shop owner and becomes the glue that keeps the three friends and their families together.

I love stories that follow women from a young age to their later years. Gossip is the story of the progression of these women's lives and how they grow and struggle in their friendships. The three women meet when they are very young and the...more
Annie
I don’t recall where I first came across Beth Gutcheon – her books aren’t easy to find in the UK – but I'm guessing it must have been one of those “if you like this” features on Amazon. I must have liked the look of her books – I have Still Missing and The New Girls already on my bookshelves. But at long last I’ve got round to reading one of her books, Gossip, recently released in the UK – and I hope we’ll be seeing the release of her back catalogue to follow, because this one was thoroughly exc...more
Laurel-Rain
Friendships born in prep school days, and which continue into adulthood and old age, form the core of "Gossip: A Novel," that reads like a powerful and emotional chronicle of intimacy and betrayal, trust and fidelity, friendship and motherhood...and explores the way we use "information" to sustain, and occasionally destroy, one another.

Narrated by Loviah French, who runs a small, high-end dress shop on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, we are privy to her inner thoughts and feelings as she tells...more
Becky
In some places, gossip has become an industry. New York City, the biggest little city in the world, where everyone seems to know everything about everyone else, is just such a place. It is here that Loviah "Lovie" French and her friends Dinah and Avis have made their lives. They all attended the same boarding school in the 60s but only Lovie and Dinah remained friends after. As Lovie makes her way up in the fashion industry, eventually opening her own shop, Dinah makes a name for herself as a co...more
Ken
A Thinking Person's---THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY, written in a light and breezy style, filled with wonderfully written scenes.

This is the story of three female 'baby-boomers' who met in boarding school, and remained close over the next fifty years. The author, Beth Gucheon, includes a rather antiquated definition of the title word, however the novel is driven by rumor, malicious talk, and light, indiscreet chatter, in fact, the tone of the novel is downright, 'gossipy'. The three women...more
Patty
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My summary...

Girls from various backgrounds attend Miss Pratt's Boarding School. The novel follows them throughout their lives but the focus is mostly on Lovinia, Dinah and Avis. You can tell from their names that it is sort of the olden days.

My thoughts...

Oh my...I really did love this book. From the girls first meetings...some in the right clothes, others in the not so right clothes, and still others in homemade clothes...I was into this book.
It mostly takes place in New...more
Jenny
Taken from my blog at www.takemeawayreading.com

Back before my blogging days, I read and thoroughly enjoyed Beth Gutcheon's The New Girls about four prep-school classmates from the 60's who reunite as adults. Some components of Gossip were similar to that which makes me wonder if this is a common theme coursing throughout multiple books of hers. Anyway, my enjoyment of The New Girls excited me when I saw she had a new book coming out; and it's set in NYC so, wa-la! Of course I had to read it.

Goss...more
Meg
Beth Gutcheon's Gossip is a whirlwind. Though it took me a third of the book to get the many dynamic characters straight in my mind, I felt invested in their stories and compelled to find out what happens to them. Gutcheon’s storytelling is non-linear; we bounce around often, moving from boarding-school past to present, but I never felt motion-sick. It worked well: we get the friends’ stories piece-meal, revealing little truths along the way, and I loved that.

Gossip reminded me of The Great Gats...more
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Beth Gutcheon grew up in western Pennsylvania. She was educated at Harvard where she took an honors BA in English literature. She has spent most of her adult life in New York City, except for sojourns in San Francisco and on the coast of Maine. In 1978, she wrote the narration for a feature-length documentary on the Kirov ballet school, The Children of Theatre Street, which was nominated for an Ac...more
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