17 MORTON STREET by Catherine Hiller


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Three grown sisters share confidences, lovers, and a Manhattan brownstone in this sexy and entertaining urban romp, Hiller's hard-cover debut. When hopelessly maternal Sara Jennings finds herself pregnant for the third time, she's overjoyed, but stodgy husband Gordon sees only a life of increased money-making drudgery as a result. Hoping to guide Sara toward less expensive, non-procreative interests, Gordon decides that--with his family occupying the first two floors of a Greenwich Village brownstone, and with Sara's two younger sisters occupying the third and fourth floors--an au pair would fit neatly into the garden room. What Gordon doesn't realize is that the au pair he hires sight unseen happens to be male, handsome and irresistibly attracted to maternal women. Sara and Carlo quickly initiate an affair so sizzling that they hardly notice when Gordon, fed up with money worries, packs up and moves out. Sara rushes upstairs to tell Perri, her younger sister, a flighty ex-model who never liked Gordon anyway, and receives Perri's blessing in the few moments she can spare from her own seductions of a series of comically inappropriate males. Meanwhile, Lucy, the plain youngest sister, grieves in her orderly apartment on the top floor over her first and only lover, a married man who died recently of a heart attack in her bed. The solution for these sisters' predicaments? Gordon returns home and throws Carlo out; the sisters smuggle him up to Lucy's apartment for safekeeping; Lucy and Carlo feel an attraction coming on; Sara erupts in a jealous frenzy; Perri smokes a joint in bed and sets the house on fire. . . But miraculously, 17 Morton Street does manage to settle down to relative domesticity once again--eventually. An accomplished, fast-moving comedy of errors.

Pub Date: June 19th, 1990
Publisher: St. Martin's