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Suspenseful and cinematic, New York Times bestseller Bittersweet exposes the gothic underbelly of an idyllic world of privilege and an outsider’s. The theme of paradise lost courses through this coming-of-age tale tinged with mystery—Beverly-Whittemore’s solid, if not particularly inspired. I first bonded with novelist Miranda Beverly-Whittemore over babies, not Then she had the idea for Bittersweet, which she shared with her.

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I really felt like I was there and like I was getting to know Mabel, as she was getting to know herself. This review was originally published on my blog: Beverly-whtitemore a freshman in college, and already Ev, has developed her snobby -bitch- girl attitude like a champ.

May 12, Carol Brill rated it liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Heartbreaking, full of twists, twisted family secrets.

Win a Lit Hub tote bag! It was apparently justification enough that he was from a wealthy family that had profited from ill-gotten gains. I found it well-paced and beautifully written. On the other, it was too long, the pacing slow and the author resorted beverly-whittwmore using too many cliches.

This latter assessment came as a surprise. Dec 16, Shirley Showalter rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, her happiness is laced with uneasiness.


On the Pleasures of Plot, and Writing a Bestseller | Literary Hub

Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century. Mabel Dagmar, the narrator of this tale is the dowdy, beverly-whuttemore roommate of Genevra Ev Winslow — slim, beautiful, petulant and spoilt young brat of the Winslow clan.

Totally predictable, totally obvious, so many obvious answers to stupid quest Pathetic sophomoric attempt at a modern miransa, desperately in need of editing “she opined”–dragged out, sluggish, clunky, etc. The rest of the story moved along quicker – maybe because I 1. Twists- turns- cliffhangers – nutty-fun-mystery By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

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A Short Time to Die. One head of the family was unseated in favor of his second son, an unprecedented move that she thinks might be tied to the mystery of the family’s recovering fortunes. Relatable, never cliche, Mabel could stand in for any of us faced with the horrible knowledge of the true cost of attaining the great America dream.


And of Edith Wharton, who could nail social class with naming like few others. Listen, this isn’t a happy read.

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I was surprised, disgusted, and intrigued from page 1. But Bittersweet packs a bigger punch… A New England summer of first love, friendships, fireworks, midnight skinny dipping, tragedy and digging up family dirt ensues.

Bittersweet is one of those stay up all night and read no matter how early you have to get up in the morning kind of books. In what year is the novel set?

On the Pleasures of Plot, and Writing a Bestseller

Sometimes she is sweet and generous to Mabel alternating with verbal abuse. She loved writing it, and was proud of the result. Finally, at the end of the second round of submissions, a young editor at Crown emailed Hawkins saying she loved the book, but had a huge, deal-breaking concern: Jan 03, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: I Shall Be Near to You.