Betty Weissmann lives with her two middle-aged daughters, Miranda and Annie, in a ramshackle rental in Westport. Or rather mother and daughters are living together again—after 20+ years. It is an arrangement that is both unexpected and not entirely welcome.
The togetherness and the Westport address are the result of a series of unfortunate events. Betty is dumped by her husband of 48 years and forced to relinguish their elegant NYC apartment to him and his co-worker girlfriend. Miranda, a publishing powerhouse, is embroiled in a series of James Frey-like scandals along with a massive debt problem. Annie, with financial problems of her own, joins her mother and sister at the beach house as the self-appointed voice of reason.
Inspired by Sense & Sensibility (what would authors do without Jane Austen for an outline?), The Three Weissmanns of Westport is more intelligent than it sounds and highly enjoyable.
(For another S&S influenced novel, I also recommend The Cookbook Collector. )