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Rise and Shine

Anna Quindlen

It’s Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of “Rise and Shine,” the country’s highest rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It’s the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has lived always in Meghan’s long shadow. The effect of Meghan’s on-air profanity—and truth telling—is felt by her son, her husband, her friends, her fans and even the city of New York, the capitol of appearance over reality. But above all it transforms the sister with whom she’s shared everything, even the mixed blessings of fame. What follows is a story about a city big enough to hold prep school rappers, rich poseurs, familiar strangers, and autograph seekers in the ladies room at black tie balls. But ultimately it’s about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice girls whip the place into shape. Meghan and Bridget, Bridget and Meghan. They share smart mouths, a fractured childhood, and a powerful connection that even the worst tragedy can’t rupture.

It’s Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of “Rise and Shine,” the country’s highest rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It’s the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has lived always in Meghan’s long shadow. The effect of Meghan’s on-air profanity—and truth telling—is felt by her son, her husband, her friends, her fans and even the city of New York, the capitol of appearance over reality. But above all it transforms the sister with whom she’s shared everything, even the mixed blessings of fame. What follows is a story about a city big enough to hold prep school rappers, rich poseurs, familiar strangers, and autograph seekers in the ladies room at black tie balls. But ultimately it’s about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice girls whip the place into shape. Meghan and Bridget, Bridget and Meghan. They share smart mouths, a fractured childhood, and a powerful connection that even the worst tragedy can’t rupture.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

It’s Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of “Rise and Shine,” the country’s highest rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It’s the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has lived always in Meghan’s long shadow. The effect of Meghan’s on-air profanity—and truth telling—is felt by her son, her husband, her friends, her fans and even the city of New York, the capitol of appearance over reality. But above all it transforms the sister with whom she’s shared everything, even the mixed blessings of fame. What follows is a story about a city big enough to hold prep school rappers, rich poseurs, familiar strangers, and autograph seekers in the ladies room at black tie balls. But ultimately it’s about how, in very different ways, the Fitzmaurice girls whip the place into shape. Meghan and Bridget, Bridget and Meghan. They share smart mouths, a fractured childhood, and a powerful connection that even the worst tragedy can’t rupture.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Carol Monda

Length:

10h 54m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:02


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

36:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

32:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

34:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

36:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

40:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

42:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

27:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

29:42