Mrs. by Caitlin Macy


In 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 to conform to its gossip-fueled culture.Then, into her precariously balanced life, come two women: Gwen Hogan, a chi...

Details Mrs.

Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreFiction, Abandoned, Contemporary

Reviews Mrs.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    3.5 elegant stars to Mrs.! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5 Caitlin Macy’s novel, Mrs., is a character study featuring Philippa Lye, a socialite who has it all, or so it appears to be precariously portrayed. Her life is shaken up when two other women enter the scene, Gwen Hogan and Minnie Curtis. The dynamics between the three women are fascinating to watch. How will Philippa cope when Gwen’s husband uncovers an enormous secret from her past that’s sure to r...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • jmNYC
    Fun send-up of Upper East Side types, sharply observed.
  • 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...
  • Betsy
    This Book was a S L O W send up of the “haves” ... - turned out to be a downer .... NOT anywhere near Big Little Lies ...nope.
  • 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 ...
  • Dianne
    This is a hard one to review. The synopsis of the book is technically accurate, but it's written in a very cool and removed tone with a lot of exposition and unnecessary detail. Since the book's milieu is Upper East Side New York, the tone is probably intentional and is meant to reinforce the superficial verneer of the surroundings. Maybe. I don't know.It's a slightly odd novel, which is probably why it has fairly low ratings for Goodreads. It's ...
  • 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.
  • Chris Mara
    One “poor” star rating and truthfully, I’m being generous. This book was a complete and utter disappointment. I had no idea where we were going with this story - it was so disjointed! The characters were dull and unlikeable and I just did not even want to read any more about them to find out why. The plot was just all over the place, like a big train wreck. People having conversations but uttering back responses like ummh or mmh mmh, or not...
  • 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!!
  • Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
    It’s hard to put my finger on why I enjoyed this book but there was just something delightful about it. For all its unusualness, call me crazy, but I loved it!Looking forward to the authors next book.
  • Barbara
    “Mrs.” Is another novel about the ultra privileged families in New York. What sets this one apart from others is author Caitlin Macy’s writing skills. She provides great observations of the insecurities of the wealthy, and humorously pokes fun at them. Philippa Skinker is an ex fashion model who is beautiful, wealthy, and distracted. She could care less about social conventions and who does or does not like her. It could be because she has ...
  • 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
  • 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, ...
  • Maddie
    I know this book is trying to compare itself to Big Little Lies & Bonfire of the Vanities, and those are both unfortunate comparisons that set the bar far too high. Big Little Lies is certainly chick lit, but it is well-written, a page-turner, and you understand the basic motivations of the characters. Bonfire of the Vanities has a big exciting mix of characters, a plot that makes sense, and it effectively skewers New Yorkers of a certain social ...
  • Donna Hines
    This was 'Pretty Woman' meets NYC Upper East Side riches.It was a cavier lifestyle fraught with characters that were at times unbearable, egotistical, narcissistic, jealous of one another, and ultimately imperfect."This was a society that ran on Lycra and imported Labradoodles, on making a virtue of pervasive lack of necessity: deciding to pick up kids when you could've sent the nanny."Of course, many of us can relate to these elitist who truly b...
  • Martha
    Best book I’ve read so far this year. The tone is gossipy, but so cleverly constructed to give the reader just a little bit, like overhearing something you’re not privy to and wanting more. A contemporary remake of House of Mirth with a particularly manipulative male character who is talked about more than viewed in action, and a gorgeous ex-model who presents a drunken puzzle to the parents picking up and delivering their children at their e...
  • Maureen
    This book was very enjoyable. Was it Lianne Moriarty good, well no, but it was sound in and of itself. The characters are well-developed, the tone is gossipy and atmospheric and the writing style is engaging. The multiple perspectives allow for a slow reveal of the traumas that ripple across the lives and between characters. I found this book to be impossible to put-down.
  • 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/...
  • Mary-Beth
    This novel focused on a small group of mothers who are part of the swanky UES preschool set, with comparisons to Curtis Sittenfeld's "Prep" and Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies". Great set-up, right?Too bad each character was more flawed, unpredictable, and unpleasant than the next. I think the author believed that emphasizing the negative characteristics made these figures more relatable, but that particularly literary device was quite unsucces...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    3.5 If you’re in the mood for a Big Little Lies-esque read then do yourself a favour and devour this. Don’t be deceived by the hot pink cover either, complex and nuanced examination of class, addiction, sex work and sexual assault can be found here.
  • Freesiab (Bookish Review)
    Boring. Scattered. Confusing. Very little development at 65%.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...