The Smart One 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… The Smart One 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… 2013-04-02 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

The Smart One (2013)

THE SMART ONE by Jennifer Close
THE SMART ONE by Jennifer Close
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 02, 2013; Writer: Jennifer Close; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

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+

Originally posted Apr 03, 2013 Published in issue #1254 Apr 12, 2013 Order article reprints
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