I became a fan of Anna Quindlen after reading Black and Blue (an Oprah’s Book Club selection), which managed to capture the essence of the female heart and domestic abuse. Rise and Shine is the second Quindlen novel which I read, and although it is a good read, I am not as immersed in it as I was with Black and Blue.
In Rise and Shine, I followed the lives of Meghan and Bridget Fitzmaurice, two sisters living in New York who couldn’t be any more different in the eyes of the world from each other. Meghan is a famous morning TV host, wife and mother of a college-going boy. Bridget is a social worker, single and dating a man who is much older than she is. However, their lives took a twist when Meghan made an open-mike blunder and the story about family, relationships and social strata took over from there.
From this book, I realized that New York is not all about glamour, that the definition of “happiness” really depends on “contentment”, and the necessity of standing up to what we think is right. I interpreted Meghan’s character as the strong career woman whom I truly admire for her capabilities, and Bridget’s character as the person with a heart for her community regardless of race and social status.
Click here for the New York Times review on the book.