Bev is the Smart One, who finally leaves her artistic ambitions in chalk dust (and her humor-impaired husband in the arms - and legs - of his nubile protégée) to become a schoolteacher. Clare is the Pretty One, who married well and seems to be living a designer version of the suburban dream. Joey is the Wild One, struggling to stay clean and sober now that she's used up her fifteen minutes of fame as a one-hit-wonder rock star.

They love each other but mix like oil, water, and hundred-proof gin . . . a combination that threatens to combust over family tensions, suspected infidelities, a devastating accident, a stunning confession, and the sudden reappearance of their handsome, now all-grown-up former neighbor, Kenny Waxman, who's back in town making his mark as a TV comedy writer.

It seems they'll never understand where their differences begin and their own destructive tendencies end. Then it happens: the sisters discover a decades-old body stuffed inside an industrial drum and begin a bold, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious journey that will either bring them together . . . or tear them apart for good.



Used availability for Ellen Meister's The Smart One

Paperback Editions

August 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Smart One
Author(s): Ellen Meister
ISBN: 0-06-112962-3 / 978-0-06-112962-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Smart One
Author(s): Ellen Meister
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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