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Gossip

Beth Gutcheon

RRP: £7.99

5 June 2014

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857899842

RRP: £7.49

1 September 2012

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857899835

Loviah French owns a boutique dress shop in Manhattan. She has two best friends: Dinah – a columnist covering New York’s wealthiest – and Avis – a prominent figure in the art world. Despite the deep affection they both feel for Loviah, Dinah and Avis have been allergic to one another since an incident decades earlier that has been remembered and resented. But when a marriage means that Dinah and Avis must set aside their differences, Loviah must manage her two friends’ secrets as wisely as she can. Which is not wisely enough, as things turn out – a fact that will have a shattering effect on all their lives.

REVIEWS

Gutcheon writes poignantly, but with a sharp comic edge, about female friendship, the bleakness of fate and the disappointments of love; and her grasp of the profound connection between clothes and emotion recalls Nancy Mitford at her most seriously frivolous.Jane Shilling
Sunday Telegraph

A graceful and elegant novel that explores the unintended damage that simmering hostility and sharing confidences can bring, Gossip builds to a stunning and devastating finish.
New York Times

Enthralling, triumphant and true
Boston Globe