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3.30  ·  Rating details ·  12,566 ratings  ·  1,500 reviews
A superb novel about two sisters, the true meaning of success, and the qualities in life that matter most.

From Anna Quindlen, acclaimed author of Blessings, Black and Blue, and One True Thing, a superb novel about two sisters, the true meaning of success, and the qualities in life that matter most.

It's an otherwise ordinary Monday when Meghan Fitzmaurice's perfect life hit
Hardcover, 269 pages
Published September 15th 2006 by Random House (NY) (first published 2006)
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Margitte Miller's Valley was a much much better book, in my humble opinion. And then Blessings Most of the books are based on middle-of-the-road people and iss…moreMiller's Valley was a much much better book, in my humble opinion. And then Blessings Most of the books are based on middle-of-the-road people and issues with a strong story line and characters. But Rise And Shine just fell flat. It is not Anna Quindlen's best book. For me, at least.(less)

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In one of her interviews, Anna Quindlen explains how she puts a book together. She first decides on the issue/topic, builds the idea for a year and then starts creating the characters to fill out a plot around the issue/topic. Many authors did/ do that since the beginning of time.

In Rise And Shine the research for the book was overwhelmingly presented, but the plot simply never could stand up to it. It was a battle fought and lost. Contrived and forced. Too obvious. Too, sorry to say, blasé, cli
Feb 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This is quite possibly one of the worst books I've read recently. I enjoyed Black & Blue back when it was an Oprah book but this is just . . . ugh. It doesn't have characters, it has cliché after cliché. Hard career woman, perfect teen, sassy wise black women, bleeding heart social workers, crusty old cops . . . the list goes on and none of them are particularly likeable or interesting. And the "incident" that sets everything into motion was laughable.

By the end I didn't care what happened to a
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sad Plunge into Mediocrity

I have a very strong belief that if this were a first novel by an unknown author, it would have never seen print. The story is all premise, and the promise of a novel about sisters-- one a celebrity morning talk show host the other an obscure social worker--weathering an enormous crisis, doesn't comes to fruition. This so-called crisis (at least the situation that prevails through most of the book), while titillating and tabloid, is ultimately pitiful. And finally, wha
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Total chick-lit brain candy. It kept me interested but I could not have cared less about one of the main characters, the narrator's sister, a rich morning talk show host who accidentally calls one of the guests on her show an effing asshole not realizing she was still on-air, then goes into hiding when her career tanks because of it. (That was a run-on sentence). I did like some of the other characters though. Overall it was ok but not great. ...more
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this on tape and found myself sitting outside Nugget Grocery just to hear what would happen next. Anna Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and also writes excellent fiction that was excellently read. Rise and Shine is the story of two sisters, Meghan who is a national figure who hosts a morning TV show and her sister, Bridget, who is a social worker in the projects. Both lost their parents when Meghan was 8 and Briget was 4 and their relationship is greatly influenced b ...more
Jul 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I kept reading the book, hoping it would redeem itself, but alas, it only got worse.

The two main characters were selfish, juvenile, and in serious need of therapy. I was aghast at the self-serving older sister, who took and took, and was just a horrible person, yet everyone in the book excused her for one reason or another (well, except her ex-husband who I thought was the only one w/any sense).

Two things really baffled me: the name of the shelter were the younger sister worked (Women on Women -
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
A celebrated television personality's fall from grace told from the point of view of her adoring younger sister. The story firmly held my interest, a page turner to be sure. Unlike most novels I read, I was not enamored with either of the central characters, it was their co-stars who struck my fancy. Though the plot earns a sold four stars, at times, Quindlen's writing is surprisingly discombobulated. On numerous occasions a passage required a second or third reading in order for me to grasp the ...more
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
A page turner, but suffers from a lack of imagination. It was interesting to see Quindlen's world of NYC poverty. The black characters are barely realized sketches with stereotypical dialogue. The poverty, while clearly well researched, doesn't seem to motivate any of the characters in an especially realistic way.

The central conflict in the book is also not especially well resolved. Perhaps this is realism, but I call it "nothing happens." The writing is also muddled-I found myself having to re-
You might love this book if 1) you are a celebrity groupie sort of person...can’t get enough of other people being able to sweep off the Caribbean when life lets them down, or 2) You are a sycophant for New York City and all things New York...it is is the center of the world and it would be better to be in a tiny brownstone there than a palace somewhere else. Otherwise, you might be like me and find it a bit lacking in depth.

I am a sister, and I did not find this sisterly relationship realistic
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
I did enjoy a lot about the book, but two things irritated me. One was the author's wierd obsession with all things opulent, and the other was her continual holier-than-thou attitude about New York City. I had to wonder: was she scoffing at the lavish lifestyles as the main character did, or was this not a secret envy of those who can and do live this way? And secondly I wondered: Are all of us dummies who don't live in the Big Apple delegated to second rate comparitively?

Other than those two t
Marji Morris
I "read" this novel by Anna Quindlen on CD and highly recommend it. I always like to keep an audio book in my car, but with this book, I often found myself sitting a few more minutes in a parking lot or in my driveway to hear just a little more.
The novel focuses on the younger Fitzmaurice sister, Bridget, a NYC social worker who has spent her life in the shadow and protection of her older sister, Meghan Fitzmaurice. Quindlen did an excellent job of weaving the back story into the telling of of
Elizabeth K
Jul 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is the second book I've read by Anna Quindlen, and it will probably be my last. In fact, the only reason I chose to read this book was because all of the others I'm waiting for were currently checked out of the library, and this one was available immediately.

I have found that this author tends to ramble on and on... and on and on... and on and on. In both of the books I've read by her (this one and "Every Last One") she spends a ridiculous amount of time narrating the mundane events of her
Sep 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
Anna Quindlen writes this novel more as if she has a point to make than a story to tell. She manages to stretch the significance of a Janet-Jackson-Superbowl-esque incident far beyond its viability, all the while bashing us over the head with the ideas that our collective morality is purely for show, that rich people spend way too much time and money on dumb crap and that Manhattan society is... wait for it... mostly frivolous.

I'm not sure why she thinks she has anything new to contribute to the
Feb 20, 2008 rated it did not like it
not a great book. i didn't get the story line. and the way the narrator felt/talked about her nephew really made me feel dirty. way more than parental feelings going on there. and she spent the entire novel talking down about how rich, entitled new yorkers act, but the whole time she was doing the same thing. definitely not one i would recommend to anyone. only would tell ppl who think new york is the best thing since sliced bread to read this. and i have no feelings about new york, since i've n ...more
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I've always liked Quindlen's columns in Newsweek, but as a novelist, she is awesome. Great character development, great plot, satisfying conclusion. It's funny, sad, interesting, educational -- I couldn't put it down. ...more
Sep 17, 2007 rated it it was ok
I usually like Anna Quindlen's work, but it took everything I had not to abandon this book in the middle. I kept thinking it would get better. It didn't. The story is about two sisters, one rich and famous and the other a social worker who seems to have a hard time figuring out her life. Maybe it felt episodic because I was listening to it on CD, but I just couldn't find the rhythm of the story. And I felt like the author was trying too hard to get me to like the characters. Oh, well. Maybe next ...more
Asghar Abbas
Mar 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Don't bother, hard pass.

Plus, the whole sixty-something man in a relationship with a woman half his age, having his babies (that's not the plot of the novel btw) was a bit too much, really unpalatable. He called her kid too, eww. No. Overall a dull novel. You wanna know how boring it was? I read it in 2010 and I am still mad about it.
Sharon Metcalf
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5 stars
If there's one thing Anna Quindlen does well, and to my mind there's many things she does exceptionally well, it's bringing her characters to life. Rise and Shine was no exception. Whilst it was not my favourite Quindlen title it was a delighfully slow-paced character study where New York itself seemed to be one of the major characters. The central character Bridgette came alive for me so that it was like spending time in the company of an old acquaintance, and I adored Leo her well gro
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This was the first book I've read by Anna Quindlen, and it was mega-disappointing. I kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't and both the sisters got on my nerves. She's a good writer, but the story just sucked, stereotypes of rich and poor, too much about the rich, and just no point to the end of the story. What gets resolved? Don't waste your time. Could someone recommend a really good book for me to read? I'm not having much luck. Something like A Suitable Boy that I could sink into ...more
Jul 05, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have given up on it if it hadn't been my only book on vacation (while exercising extreme restraint and not stealing the books of others), and I would have said don't waste your time for the first half or so. Then I got drawn in. Still, though. Eh. ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anna you've done it again. I can't believe it took me this long to read this book. I'm so glad I found it. Loved it! ...more
Kyle Buckley
Very very mediocre. I got this book for a dollar at a little shop with lots of random stuff. That should’ve been a sign. I figured a book about a social worker would really resonate, since I am a social worker, but there were so many cliches. I was also disappointed in some of the stereotypical descriptions of the black community or people in the projects. I know it was written in 2006, but today I think it would’ve been problematic. It took me years to finish because it just never really got in ...more
Feb 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club-reads
Meghan and Bridget are sisters living in New York City. They couldn’t be more opposite. Meghan is the famous host of a morning TV show, Rise and Shine, and her sister, Bridget, the dowdier and less confident one, is a social worker. You can already see where this is going, can’t you?

Although Meghan seems to have it all - a wonderful husband and a fabulous son, both of whom Bridget adores, there are cracks in her seemingly perfect life and one day she utters something wholly inappropriate on live
Jul 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
I didn't really like this one. Of course I still finished it - why do I have to do that?? I thought it might have some redeeming qualities but in the end it really just was about a tv morning show host (who cares) and New York society (annoying and overdone). And even though the characters were interesting I never cared about a single one of them. ...more
Sep 27, 2008 rated it liked it
I usually enjoy Anna Quindlan, but have to agree with some other reviews that called this mediocre and middle of the road. I had trouble digging up sympathy for the two sisters who seem more like caricatures than characters.
Lois Duncan
May 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's no question about it -- Anna Quindlen is a good writer. I just happened not to like this book. That probably has more to do with me than with her. I couldn't relate to the characters or to the situations, and I didn't find it an enjoyable read. ...more
Barbara H
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club, fiction, reread

It appears that my tastes have changed since my first reading of this book. It seemed to plod along discussing people and activities which did not interest me. I have always enjoyed Anna Quindlen's books, but this one missed the mark for me.
Apr 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Man I wanted to love this book. This is the third Quindlen book I've read, thank goodness. If I'd read it first, I never would've looked at another one. I tried to plow through in loyalty to the author, but gave it up halfway in. ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Great story about the relationship between two sisters and so much more.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a predictable story of sisterly bonds. One sister is a very wealthy celebrity host of a morning TV talk show, the other is the director of a homeless shelter who, despite her very different professional and economic situation, travels in the same rarified social circles of her more famous sibling. When professional and personal crisis hits, the bonds these women share will help them weather the storm and emerge stronger and happier on the other shore. I can’t complain about the predicta ...more
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Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bests ...more

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