Author(s): NIEDERHOFFER, GALT
The Barnacle sisters - Bell, Bridget, Benita, Beryl, Belinda and Beth - have been raised by their eccentric, self-made father in a fabulous, gigantic Fifth Avenue apartment that, encrusted with Barry Barnacle's scientific collections, feels like a little piece of the Museum of Natural History transplanted to the other side of Central Park. Now that most of the sisters have come of age, Barry Barnacle proposes a contest, a test of wits and wills that should at long last settle what is to Barry the most essential of all questions: nature or nurture? Whichever of his daughters can most spectacularly carry on his name will inherit his fortune; the others are out cold. It's a proposition to set a Jane Austen heroine on her ear, but the Barnacle girls are up to the challenge. Throw the girls' mother Bella and their childhood crushes - the Finch twins next door - into the mix and the stage is set for a completely inventive and utterly fresh social comedy that is as beautifully written as it is unique.
"Rich in poignant detail, Niederhoffer paints a fascinating portrait of six sisters engaged in the merciless age-old fist fight, struggling to love and best each other in turn." - Nicola Kraus, co-author of The Nanny Diaries."