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Twelve rooms with a view : a novel
Theresa Rebeck
Adult Fiction REBECK

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Playwright and novelist Rebeck (Three Girls and Their Brother) takes a lighthearted look at the often dark world of New York City real estate. Spunky 32-year-old narrator Tina Finn is at her mother's funeral when she learns of her possible inheritance of an $11-million Central Park West palace. While she's been slogging it out as a trailer-dwelling cleaning lady, her somewhat estranged mother has gone from blue collar to living in eccentric splendor with her new husband, Bill. Tina's unbelievably unpleasant sisters push her into moving into the apartment before their mother's cold in the ground. Enter Bill's sons, who want possession of the apartment, which is, after all where they grew up. Soon, a full-on real estate war erupts, and the building's quirky residents take sides. Throw in a possible ghost and romantic interludes, and the plot jogs along, if slowed by the occasional drawn-out scene. This should find a nice slot on the cozier end of the Manhattan real estate fiction canon. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Playwright Rebeck's second novel (after Three Girls and Their Brother) revolves around the crazy world of Manhattan real estate. Hours after her mother's funeral, cash-strapped Tina Finn finds herself installed as the new tenant in the 12-room apartment her mother shared with her second husband, Bill, also recently deceased. Tina's sisters, both sharks, realize they stand to inherit this fabulously expensive Upper West Side residence. Loser Tina is elected to stay and live in the apartment to strengthen their legal claim...except no one wants her there. The building's residents, especially the co-op board, hate the lowbrow Tina and her sisters. And then there are Bill's sons, who vehemently contest the Finn sisters' rights to the space. VERDICT This dark comedy is wildly uneven, although not without its bright spots. Urban libraries might find more interest.-Andrea Young Griffith, Loma Linda Univ. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Tina Finn
Female
Age: 32
Inherits a mansion from her mother; has a realestate war with her stepfamily.
Cleaning lady



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