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The Smart One by Jennifer Close
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Jul 16, 2013 | ISBN 9780307743701

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“Wit and vibrant characters make The Smart One an engaging exploration of a thoroughly modern family dynamic.” —People
“I want to be friends with all of the narrators of this addictive novel.” —Megan Angelo, Glamour

“A pleasure to read.” —Daily News
“This bighearted novel examines a generation of nonstarters with a mix of empathy and Close’s signature deadpan, pathos-driven humor.” —Entertainment Weekly

The Smart One is emotionally engaging and thoughtful; like Anne Tyler, Close goes straight into the heart of a group of people to show all its flawed, complicated members clearly and deftly and totally without judgment. There is not one dull moment—Close is a subtle and incisive writer who gets better with each new book.” —Kate Christensen, author of The Astral

“The novel sings in the small moments when its women express uncomfortable truths, undercurrents of sibling resentment and parental disappointment, which usually remain unspoken. . . . Perfect for the beach or a long plane trip.” —Kirkus Reviews

 “The Smart One has such authentic, multifaceted characters.” —Book Riot

“A well-written family drama in which all the characters keep moving forward, but not all the loose ends are completely and neatly tied. . . . Sure to please.” —Library Journal

“Close’s gift as a writer is her spare but delicious prose and unflinching way of describing her characters.” —The Globe and Mail

The Smart One focuses on the intersections of self-discovery, independence, and reliance in the modern family, all enlivened by Close’s signature wit and warmth. . . . A touchingly tender, emotionally honest novel about shifting priorities and the nontraditional career paths so many find themselves on.” —Booklist

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