From the author of Girls in White Dresses comes The Smart One, an adoringly witty, nostalgic, and truthful story of family life after childhood. The Coffey children are supposed to be thriving now that they’re “adults” and on their own, but to their parents’ dismay, all three seem to be deep in the throes of downward spirals. City girl Claire has broken up with her fiance and has about much money as she does happiness. Martha is living at home while making a career of folding anchor-patterned sweaters at the local J.Crew. Max, the youngest, is having the time of his life at college until his girlfriend shares a secret that will change their lives forever.
Suddenly Weezy finds herself in a full house again, wondering how and when she failed her children. Spanning a year, the novel dives into the modern day issue of children returning home from a span of viewpoints that makes it easy to see every side, from the triumphs to the tribulations and everything in between. Unlike GIWD, I thought that the different POVs were very cohesive and complementary of each other, sketching out the themes with clarity.
Its humorous take on nostalgia and, of course, her beautiful writing make it a must-read. Each character feels incredibly familiar, making it so relatable that I never wanted it to end. Nothing but love for this one.