When things start getting too serious, why not pick up a smart, escapist novel that is full of loveable — if fallible—characters wrapped up in hilarity and emotional truths.
Jenny Jackson’s Pineapple Street is apparently ‘rife with the indulgent pleasures of life among New York’s one-percenters’.
Darley, the eldest daughter in the well-connected old money Stockton family, followed her heart, trading her job and her inheritance for motherhood.
However, she gave up quite a bit in the process. Meanwhile, middle-class New England Sasha has married into the Brooklyn Heights family and finds herself cast as the arriviste outsider. Then there is Georgiana, the baby of the family, who has fallen in love with someone she can’t have and must decide what kind of person she wants to be.
The book has received many positive reviews such as from The New York Times’ Jean Hanff Korelitz and NPR’s Maureen Corrigan.
“Not only does she succeed in getting us not to loathe the Stocktons, the family at the centre of her debut novel, Pineapple Street, but she even succeeds in persuading us to love them,” said Jean.
Maureen said that Pineapple Street stands on its own as a smart comedy of manners.