Mrs. by Caitlin Macy


"Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies."--Entertainment Weekly"Brilliant.... I absolutely loved it."--Kate AtkinsonIn the well-heeled milieu of New York's Upper East Side, coolly elegant Philippa Lye is the woman no one can stop talking about. Despite a shadowy past, Philippa has somehow married the scion of the last family-held investment bank in the city. And although her wealth and connections put her in the center of this world, she refuses ...

Details Mrs.

Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Mrs.

  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐ / 5First of all, thank you so much to Little, Brown and Company for sending me a free finished copy of this book, I really appreciate it!I feel TERRIBLE, but this was just not the book for me. I got to page 76 and I just could not go on. I wasn’t into the book at all and there wasn’t anything going on that interested me. This was my first ever, and I mean ever, DNF. 🙈I hope everyone else will have better luck than I did!* This book was...
  • debra
    2.5- Was looking for something a little more gossipy like Primates Of Park Avenue or Swans of Fifth. This wasn't it, and the characters were never fleshed out enough to be real in their own right.
  • Heather Boaz ( mlleboaz.bibliophile)
    Thank you Little Brown & Company for my free copy for review!It is important to realize that this is a character-driven story - there is a plot, and it's equal parts scandalous and delicious - but that's not quite the point here. Macy's writing in this book is being compared to a modern Edith Wharton. And if you know Wharton, you know that the real delight will be in observing carefully crafted, multi-dimensional and fascinating people - and seei...
  • Aisling
    3.5 stars, really. The writing is good, the plot slightly less so. Like many other reviewers I almost gave up on this book (and I rarely, rarely do that) because the characters were completely unrelatable and the plot moved slowly. I like Ms Macy's writing and observances but did not give a lick about one single character. After reading several reviews that said the ending was worth it, I plowed on.The second half of the book is better. There is ...
  • Ilyssa Wesche
    This was not exactly what I expected but I liked it. Sometimes I felt like I had missed something, rather than just didn't find it out yet, and there are a couple of thing where I feel like "really, would someone have reacted that way?" But I chalk that up to me not being rich. I did enjoy the occasional one-off chapters, like with the stockbroker in the bar, and even the Greek chorus of women.Good story, good if unbelievable (to me) characters, ...
  • Siobhan Bejr
    It might be a bit unfair to rate this book as 1 star after choosing to finish it after 107 pages but, try as I might, there was no way I could get in to the book. By page 50 I realised that absolutely nothing had happened and was still not happening any time soon. I had no interest in the characters at all and tried flicking through later in the book and realised it was still just as bland.I'm sorry but I really did try!!
  • Lynn Gionette
    didn't like it. was very dull. nothing really happened untill about 80% in and even then it was meh. hated the ending. not sure why it couldn't at the very least end on a happy note. sigh. I can not recommend it. I can't even imagine who would like this book
  • AngryGreyCat
    I received a free signed copy of Mrs. from BEA in exchange for a fair review.This is an interesting look at wealthy society in New York mainly through the lenses of the women, the Mrs.-es. The story spirals between three women Philippa, Minnie and Gwen and how their interactions have repercussions beyond what they could imagine. The novel explores themes of feminism and marriage, secrets, Protestant work ethic, motherhood, greed, sexual violence/...
  • Janine
    I’ve just read my first worst book of 2018 😒 The hype said that this could be the next Big Little Lies - um definitely not. The only comparison is that both books are set around a school, that’s all. I found the characters not very likeable, the writing too wordy and too much descriptive narrative. There was so much back story every chapter which became boring. The pace picked up at around 80% but then deteriorated again. No use telling yo...
  • Heather
    Starts out slow but it does pick up in the second half, as other reviews have noted. The writing is really good but the meandering pace and the multiple points of view make it a slow read for a not-long book. Still, by the end I was glad I read it. The "how the one-percent in NYC live" thing has been done to death it seems, but I felt like this author had maybe a more accurate and certainly a different take on that than other novels do.
  • Jennifer
    I would love to meet Caitlin Macy. Judging by the wit and cunning charm woven into this story, I am sure she is clever and interesting. All of these characteristics are what make Mrs. such an engrossing read. Though the writing is a bit heavy and some sentences were hard to get through, the writing style painted vivid pictures. I just had a hard time reading this leisurely, I really had to pay attention and read quite slow in order to follow alon...
  • Idris
    It was okay. The comparison to Big Little Lies oversold it and the substance of the book doesn't recover from the ill-conceived comparison. The characters were non-entities. The settings were surprisingly drab despite the opulence. The actual story was plagued with info-dumps and meandering digressions that did little to capture or keep my attention for the 200 pages or so I managed to read and then skim-read. This book wasn't for me and contrary...
  • Karen
    I really wanted to like this book but was sadly disappointed. I found the narrative disjointed, the characters dull and the plot unimaginative. It was a struggle to finish it.
  • Liz Goodwin
    Mrs. by Caitlin MacyEvery so often I feel like reading about rich people in New York. Not just any book - it needs to be a bit sociological (I don't want to ogle, ahem, but to analyze) and if it provides some schadenfreude well, I won't complain. So when I heard that Caitlin Macy had written a new novel (18 years after her first) I knew it was the one. Not only is she well-attuned to pecuniary nuance - she can really tell a story! She starts with...
  • Kathy
    I was eager to read Mrs. as it was listed as a highly anticipated book for 2018. I enjoy books about wealthy New Yorkers, women in particular, because books such as those show me insight that I will never live. I wanted to like Mrs. much more than I did. Parts of the story were very compelling to me - the wealthy apartments, the lives of the wives of the high-dollar money making men, the storyline involving the investigation of one of the main ma...
  • Jacq Attaq
    Like an old car it was very slow to start...but once warmed up it ran well. A perfect observation of preschool parental behaviour and upper East side society, including the closet skeletons.Thank you Dymocks for the proof copy.
  • Lindsay Williams (Bibbidi Bobbidi Bookworm)
    I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher.Mrs. by Caitlin Macy takes readers into the world of several upper-middle to upper class families in New York City in the year following the financial crisis of 2008. While the wives shuttle kids back and forth to an exclusive preschool, play dates, and extracurricular activities, the husbands manage hedge funds and banks, prosecute insider traders, and try to prove themselves in a shaky fi...
  • Gingersnap
    Ok, so I'd like to talk about who is going to love this book, and who isn't!!! Look, this book was my fault. I received it as an ARC from the publisher, but I should have done more research before requesting. I didn't like this book at all. Why? Because... really for two reasons, and I'll get to them, but first I'd like to talk about the plot, and it was solid. Philippa Lye is a beautiful and generally cold woman that all other women want to be l...
  • Felicity Price
    Mrs. Caitlin Macy. Simon and Schuster. $35A cast of unrelatable, super-rich characters, described in sentences that go on and on through dashes and commas until there is no breath remaining, and a plot that takes forever to reveal itself, does not make for an easy read. Especially not in the milieu of New York’s Upper East Side, where the husbands add to their billions at their private banks while their wives focus on toning, trimming and shopp...
  • Jennifer
    This felt very disjointed to me. In the blurbs it was compared to Liane Moriarty, so I went in thinking that's what I was getting.I didn't. Moriarty is much more direct and grounded than this was. This felt like it really wanted to be Liane Moriarty, but it also wanted to be "better" than Moriarty. Deep down it wanted to be recognized as literary fiction, with its italicized chapters written in first-person plural, and its chapters narrated by ra...
  • Mom
    Before starting this, I had heard 3 things about the book — how it was a lot like Big Little Lies, was character-driven, and had a slow-moving plot. One out of three was right — the plot plodded along. The only similarity with Big Little Lies is that a lot of the so-called action takes place during pick-up and drop off at a tony Upper East Side pre-school. Other than the fact that the characters are mainly moms at the school and one is less a...
  • Susan
    3 or 4? I both loved and hated this book. I loved the story of Philippa Lye and her preschool based social circle. I loved how her history and the overall story broke down in layers as the book progressed and we got to know Philippa more and more. I hated how the book jumped around from person to person to tell the story. I understand why Ms. Macy chose to present the story that way and agree that it added depth to the overall story line, but it ...
  • Quinn Arruda
    I have no idea why this was compared to Big Little Lies. Or, I do, but I find it deeply misleading.I was expecting something fun - sharp and funny and gossipy, skewering the particular culture of the Upper East Side. Big Little Lies meets Primates of Park Avenue, both of which I loved.This was not fun or sharp or funny. The characters we spent the most time with (Gwen and Dan) were dull, and in the case of Dan, awful as well. The writing was off,...
  • Sherrie Howey
    At first, the book seems to concentrate on rich families who send their children to an upper east side nursery school in Manhattan. I found myself tiring of the endless gossip among the mothers during the first 2/3 of the book. During the final third of the book, the whole story surrounding Philippa and John Curtis is revealed which certainly piqued my interest. I found myself laughing at the encounter that occurs during the last "chapel " in May...
  • Rebecca
    Still trying to figure out how I feel about this one. I know I liked it, but I can’t put my finger on why. There were several times where I had to go back and look up a character to remember who they were (there are a lot, I mean, a lot of characters) and there were times when I wondered if I had missed something, because the characters seemed to understand something I didn’t. But, I really enjoyed the writing and felt close to the main chara...
  • Amy
    I really want to know what this author was trying to do here. This feels like revenge porn, but not in the awesome way like The Power. Instead, the author seems to take great joy in giving us a beautiful woman and dragging her through the mud, assaulting her, alienating and humiliating her. This book is fucked up. The (arguably) main characters, Dan and Gwen, are a long married couple but they interact as if they barely know each other. However, ...
  • W. A.
    I don't even know why I picked up this book. I think it was over hyped. For the most part, I hate stories about insular communities, crazy women, rich men and their foibles whether it's California's Orange County, suburban Connecticut or the Upper Eastside, is a formula. (There are a few exceptions that I have enjoyed, Liane Moriarty's Big, Little Lies and Rick Moody's Ice Storm come to the forefront of my mind.) The story is told through the pe...
  • Jane
    I loved the writing: "Not only was Mrs Skinker tall, she had that slouchless assurance in her height, as if she were exercising a right - her genetic privilege to be taller than you."I loved/didn't love the theme of modern moderate excess wealth: it had a voyeuristic appeal as in Big Little Lies (the mini-series version, with all the house porn) but it's so far from my life that it may aw well be science fiction. At least I learned what a Class S...
  • Kristin (Always With a Book)
    Full review to be posted on blog.*Definitely character-driven story - & I loved it!!! I am most definitely a people watcher, so I was in heaven with this book!*There is some plot, but it doesn't take off until the second half of the book.*The majority of the book is just character study after character study of these deliciously vivid characters Caitlin Macy has presented us with - characters that are quite well-to-do.*Lots of drama in the book.*...