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The Smart One

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THE SMART ONE by Jennifer Close

The Smart One

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Jennifer Close
publisher:
Knopf
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

If you’re looking for the literary equivalent of HBO’s Girls, then check out Jennifer Close’s debut novel, Girls in White Dresses, which charts the travails of flailing twentysomethings. Her follow-up, The Smart One, feels the way Girls could circa season 6, when ”almost getting it kind of together” ceases to be cute. The Coffey sisters, teetering on either side of 30, find themselves living at their parents’ overcrowded home after failed attempts at independence — and testing the patience of their overly accommodating mother. While not terribly ambitious, this bighearted novel examines a generation of nonstarters with a mix of empathy and Close’s signature deadpan, pathos-driven humor. B+