Fin & Lady

A Novel

Cathleen Schine


Download Image Cathleen Schine Fin & Lady

Available Formats

BookAudio BookeBook
New York Times Bestselling Author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport

It’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut, landing in Greenwich Village in the middle of the Swinging Sixties. He soon learns that Lady—giddy, impulsive, and pursued by an ardent and dogged set of suitors—is as much his responsibility as he is hers.

From a writer the New York Times has praised as “sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting,” Cathleen Schine's Fin & Lady is a comic love story for the ages: an enchanting novel of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.

Connect with the Author

Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter

Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

“Let’s go home”
Fin’s funeral suit was a year old, worn three times, already too small.
He knew his mother was sick. He knew she went to the hospital to get treatments. He saw the dark blue lines and dots on her chest.
“My tattoos,” she said.
She sang “Popeye the Sailor Man” and raised her skinny arms as if to flex her Popeye muscles, to make him laugh.
He knew she was sick. He knew people died. But he never thought she would die. Not his mother. Not really.
Lady came to the funeral, an unmistakably foreign presence in

Read the full excerpt

Listen to an Excerpt from the Audiobook

Loading the player ...



Praise for Fin & Lady

Praise for Fin & Lady:

“Schine’s writing sparkles, and her finale proves as unexpected and luminous as love itself.”—Caroline Leavitt, People

“An utterly believable fictional world...It may well break your heart with joy.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“[Like] writers before her, from Shakespeare to Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh, Schine skillfully plays with the conventions and the reader’s expectations....A wise and wistful comic novel.”—The New York Times Book Review

“An exuberant, tender novel...the prose is zippy and sweet.”—The New Yorker

“Cathleen Schine can always be counted on for an enticing, smart read.”—NPR

Praise for The Three Weissmanns of Westport:

“Full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to Austen’s own.”—The New York Review of Books

“A clever, frothy novel...Schine playfully probes the lies, self-deceptions, and honorable hearts of her characters.”—The New Yorker

In the Press

REVIEW: "Fin & Lady,” by Cathleen Schine | Star Tribune
This is a story of enchantment (and that’s long before we get to the dream-infested isle of Capri), and like many tales of enchantment, it begins with an orphan
- The Star Tribune

Book World: In ‘Fin & Lady,’ an 11-year-old comes of age in the turbulent ’60s - Washington Post
Wonderfully funny though they often are, Cathleen Schine’s novels are steeped in sadness, their humor grounded in unlikely premises ranging from paralysis in her first book (“Alice in Bed”) to
- The Washington Post

'Fin & Lady,' by Cathleen Schine - San Francisco Chronicle
quot;Fin & Lady" is an enchanting novel about enchanting things - the romance of youth, the intoxicating possibilities of freedom - though this feeling of magic arises from tragic roots. [...] his bullying father died; then, in a cruel stroke of fate, his beloved mother did, too. Lady is like a character out of classical romance, a magical figure - Fin compares her at different points to a mermaid and a "jittery," "majestic" racehorse - whose charm and smarts make you forgive,
- San Francisco Chronicle

‘Fin & Lady,’ by Cathleen Schine -
In Cathleen Schine’s novel, a free-spirited young woman in the 1960s raises her younger half brother on Charles Street.
- The New York Times

Cathleen Schine’s Favorite New York Books - The Daily Beast
Cathleen Schine, whose new novel is about life in Greenwich Village in the ’60s, chooses the books that epitomize the Big Apple.
- The Daily Beast

Outtakes from a novel — Book Keeping — Medium
Cathleen Schine told Book Keeping that she cut the following passage for rhythm and momentum, but wishes she could have kept it. We’re happy…
- Medium

Reviews from Goodreads


About the Author

Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, The New Yorkers, 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, California.

Cathleen Schine


Reading Guide

Organizing a Reading Group


Get the Guide

Download PDF

Tell Your Friends


Find More Books

Go to Website

Stay Updated

Sign Up

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Fin & Lady
A Novel
Cathleen Schine

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
April 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250050052
ISBN10: 1250050057
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
July 2013
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427231543
ISBN10: 1427231540
Audio Run Time: 9:00

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
July 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427231550
ISBN10: 1427231559


Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
July 2013
ISBN: 9780374154905
ISBN10: 0374154902
6 x 9 inches, 288 pages

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Sarah Crichton Books
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466837089
ISBN10: 146683708X
288 pages

From The Publisher


Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter