Cathleen Schine, the bestselling author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport once dubbed "the modern-day Jewish Jane Austen," is back with a comedy of generational manners about exile and the power of stories-both the ones we hand down and the ones held secretly in the heart-that slips between 1939 and 2020 L.A. as Mamie Künstler and her twentysomething grandson entertain and care for each other under lockdown.
Cathleen Schine is the author of The Grammarians, The Three Weissmanns of Westport, and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. She lives in Los Angeles.
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An NPR Best Book of the Year "A moving and entertaining novel about how we revisit memories to make meaning for ourselves and others. . . . Ms. Schine has a wonderful ability to weave research and substantive ideas into her novels without weighing them down. Her buoyant dialogue has the zip of great comedy routines."
--Wall Street Journal "Schine's delight in language is contagious--she offers up words like baubles, turning them this way and that to catch the light. . . . A paean to the regenerative power of storytelling and to Los Angeles itself."
--Kim Hubbard, New York Times Book Review "The novel emphasizes echoes across history but explores intergenerational gaps, too, and--despite handling such weighty subject matter as survivor's guilt, sexual repression, and the ongoing traumas of racial and religious persecution--maintains a remarkable lightness of tone and of characterization."
--New Yorker "Künstlers in Paradise is a tender family story, but it is also a profound meditation on the nature and power of storytelling, inheritance, and legacy, the malleability and perdurability of memory."
--Boston Globe "Dreamy, drifty, and droll, studded with lush botanical description and historical gems. Schine's many fans will enjoy."
--Kirkus Reviews "Reading like a cross between Leopoldstadt and Down and Out in Beverly Hills, this does the trick as an emotionally resonant meditation on family, memory, and the need for stories."
--Publishers Weekly "Few authors could pull off what Cathleen Schine does in Künstlers in Paradise: creating a seamless, multilayered saga about family dynamics and relationships, immigration, the early days of Hollywood and the often disturbingly cyclical nature of history. . . . Künstlers in Paradise is truly a trove of unexpected rewards."
--BookPage, Starred Review