Lily White

Lily White In Susan Isaac s most ambitious and dazzling novel to date we are introduced to Lee White a criminal defense lawyer practicing on Long Island Into her life drifts Norman Torkelson a career con man

  • Title: Lily White
  • Author: Susan Isaacs
  • ISBN: 9780061093098
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Susan Isaac s most ambitious and dazzling novel to date, we are introduced to Lee White, a criminal defense lawyer practicing on Long Island Into her life drifts Norman Torkelson, a career con man charged with strangling to death his latest mark At first, as Lee explains to us, the case seems routine, the evidence overwhelming Norman manly, magnetic and morally reprIn Susan Isaac s most ambitious and dazzling novel to date, we are introduced to Lee White, a criminal defense lawyer practicing on Long Island Into her life drifts Norman Torkelson, a career con man charged with strangling to death his latest mark At first, as Lee explains to us, the case seems routine, the evidence overwhelming Norman manly, magnetic and morally reprehensible is a man who crisscrosses America looking for patsies for his cruel marriage scam Love em, liquidate their assets, leave em Clearly, he murdered Bobette Frisch, the dumpy, sour 50 something bar owner who had fallen madly in love with him But just as Lee is resigning herself to the inevitable Guilty verdict, she begins to have doubts What, after all, was Norman s motive Why not do what he had done for the last 20 years run and leave behind a broke and brokenhearted victim Lee starts to wonder if her client is not only not guilty but also covering for the real killer and, in doing so, performing the first selfless act of his life As the Torkelson case unfolds, a second narrator chimes in to tell us the story behind the story the tale of Lee s life Born Lily White, Lee is a smart, pretty and privileged child coming of age on Long Island Her parents have little time for her or her younger sister, devoted as they are to the pursuit of shallowness Her mother, Sylvia, who looks like Lauren Bacall s twin sister with a mild eating disorder, is busy with the exhausting work of keeping up her wardrobe Her father, Leonard Weissberg Weiss and finally White, is consumed by his chi chi Manhattan fur salon, his model bookkeeper mistress, and his obsession with the family next door, the old money,oh so social Taylors.When Lee marries Jazz Taylor, the scion of these blue bloods, her life seems blessed Suddenly she has her mother s approval, her father s love and a sublime husband No matter that she has to give up her dream job in the Manhattan DA s Office to move back to Long Island with him that s what marriage is, a series of compromises made in the name of love Isn t it Lily White masterfully interweaves the depths of deception surrounding the twisted Torkelson case with the stunning betrayals that devastate Lee s own life With the characteristic intelligence and delicious, razor sharp wit displayed in her previous bestsellers, such as After All These Years and Compromising Positions, Susan Isaacs has crafted an extraordinary novel about social mobility about what is phony and what is real Lily White is the seamlessly executed story of the crimes committed in the name of the good life and the victims of these violations Those like Bobette, who do not survive, those whose spirits are crushed, and the few, like Lee, who fight back and find something better.

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    1. This is one of those books that stays with you for years. Though I read this years ago (as an older teen), there have been several occasions when I would have liked to read it again. I was unable to recall the title or the author and only found it again through creative "google-ing."(view spoiler)[The story revolves around Lily "Lee White." She is an attorney representing a con man. While she deals with this fellow, Lee takes us back to her past. We discover her upbringing, her seemingly wonderf [...]

    2. Loved this book! It had a little bit of everythingrder and mayhem, relationship issues, childhood flashbacks to a disfunctional family plus a surprise ending.n't get much better than thisd easy to read as well. Will definitely look for more books by Susan Isaacs.

    3. Lily "Lee" White is a Long Island attorney who is defending a con man named Norman Torkelson, accused of killing his latest mark. As the case unfolds, so does Lee's personal history, in a double narrative, alternating chapters (in different typefaces); Lee narrates the present-day chapters as she investigates Torkelson's case, while the chapters describing her earlier life are told in the third person. The style does take some getting used to, but both narratives are sufficiently compelling that [...]

    4. This was a fascinating book for numerous reasons, but what makes it truly unique is the way it's constructed. Lee White, a criminal defense attorney, narrates the story of her defense of a career con man, charged with strangling to death his latest mark. That story is intriguing in itself, with many unexpected twists. But every other chapter is written in third person, describing Lee's life from birth, with all the elements of family and romantic relationships that have caused her to become the [...]

    5. I read this under extreme duress, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. I was fully expecting some horrible chick lit novel, but if all chick lit was written this intelligently then I would read a lot more of it.

    6. This is my second time reading an Isaacs novel. Like the first, this one was a nice read, just not a gripping page-turner. I really enjoyed the story of Lee White; her upbringing, her relationships with her family and friends, her attitude. The plot describing her representation of Norman Torkelson, the con man, was interesting. And the character of Norman's girlfriend, Mary, was really written well. What I didn't care for was the flow of the story. One chapter was dedicated to describing her ch [...]

    7. I read this back in the 90s when the author was going through a time of particular popularity given Shining Through being adapted into a film. I was surprised to see in what could have been total fluff, the book had a surprisingly compelling storyline and was touching to boot. Almost from birth, Lily White (nee Weissman, then Weiss, then White) is a fish out of water. Among her photogenic but vapidly superficial family, among her classmates in school and later among her colleagues. Her life told [...]

    8. Meet Lily White, Long Islands criminal defense lawyer. Smart, savvy and down-to-earth, Lee can spot a phony the way her snooty mother can spot an Armani. Enter handsome career con man Norman Torkelson, charged with murder; to wit, strangling his latest mark after bilking her out of her life's savings. As the astounding twists and reverses of the Torkelson case are revealed, so too is the riveting story behind Lee's life.Read this one (finally) as part of the 2005 ABC Author challenge; I found it [...]

    9. Alternating chapters, told in first and third person, make up the 'two stories' that are this book's content. After adjusting to this format, I realized that this was a genius way to tell this story which has so many facets to it. Susan Isaacs, a witty story teller as always, created an entertaining back and forth chronicle about very human winners and losers but my money was always on Lily (Lee) White.

    10. I loved Susan Isaac's writing but not enough to get past the lack of flow in the story structure. I called it quits after around page 150. I actually loved the unconventional structure at first, switching between first person and third person--even different fonts for the different perspectives! But eventually I just wanted more forward movement in the plot and felt bogged down.Too many books on my to-read list to push through this one.

    11. So far the story is unimpressive. The book was recommended by a friend as an example of juxtaposition. In the copy I have, there are two distinct POVs which are in different font there is no need for the author to challenge herself with creative, clever transitions, which is lazy IMO, and pretty cheesy.It's not a challenge to read, either, but I'm not sure I'll finish this one.

    12. Don't ask me where I was when I read this---what a wierd book to pick up. It was an easy read, not very deep, but easy, and I found it stangely enjoyable. Particularly because I'm certainly not the audience intended for this sort of book. (It seems to be for 40 something female middle management sorts in airplanes on a business trip).

    13. Not too bad, handles well the different time periods and the switching back and forth of childhood views and adult views. Shows the time it was written in, (view spoiler)[ no, a gay man wouldn't marry a straight woman and they would live happily ever after (hide spoiler)], but that's the only real problem. Fun to see the "mystery".

    14. Pulled this from the back of my book shelf. I *think* I'm enjoying it, but probably not enough to keep my attention. I like the dueling stories, one modern, one in the pastternating chapters and fonts. Unfortunately, I think I like one plot line better than the other, so maybe that's my hang-up.

    15. Continuing my Susan Isaacs kick. This was a great story about a lawyer and a con man. The chapters alternated between first person and third person, which took a bit of time to get used to. I figured out some of the plot twists, but not others. The narrator was the daughter of a furrier, which was a nice tie-in with the last book I finished: "The Outliers."

    16. Picked this up completely randomly and started reading because I'm a sucker for hard-boiled female protagonists involved in the criminal justice system. While this book is replete with many cliches from the genre, the writing and plotting were much better than they had any right to be and the characters were surprisingly nuanced. Solidly enjoyable.

    17. I read this book in July of 2004 so cannot remember much about it. In my journal I noted that it was not a paperback that I would save. Susan Isaacs is an author I have read in the past, which is probably one reason that I chose this book at a book sale.

    18. Wow - this is my first Susan Isaacs book! Wonderful character development - fascinating plots, sub plots and more. Isaacs certainly weaves a multilevel tale upon tale upon tale! Big, long book; but I stayed with it to the very satisfying end.

    19. I found this novel about a criminal defense lawyer (former prosecutor) more interesting after about the halfway mark. Prior to that point, the alternating chapters describing her personal life and her present case, the writing style of "Lily White" was difficult to become accustomed to.

    20. I gave this book my best shot, but I just could not finish it. Didn't like the people, the plot, whatever it was, never materialized, at least as far as I read. I rarely give up on a book, usually tough it out, but it was a relief to give up on this one.

    21. Can I just say, once again, how much I love Susan Isaacs? I’ve yet to read one of her books I didn’t enjoy and this novel, spanning a period of time from the 1950’s to present day, was right up my alley. Please – more books Ms. Isaacs!!!

    22. I thought this would be a typical criminal defense lawyer semi-mystery, but it was much more interesting. The main character's history (back to her folks meeting) interwoven with a "present time" case made her engaging, and plenty of little surprises kept it going.

    23. I really liked this book. It was almost like reading 2 books at one time. The chapters alternated between the current client she represented and chapters about her life growing up. It wasn't until the very end that everything tied together. Both story lines were very intriguing.

    24. Mystery through and through. I did like the way Isaacs consistently moved back in time to give the history of the heroine and then continued with the current story. It did keep me reading 'til the end.

    25. Some pretty interesting psychological stuff and situations. The plot development is pretty good, too. Who dunnit? The main character is Lee, a criminal lawyer. We get to know her from childhood to present time. I don't think that I'm a big fan of Susan Isaacs, though.

    26. I found the first part a bit off-putting; something about the sarcastic tone. But I stuck with it and found it a surprisingly good book. Pages seemed to turn themselves. Refreshing, too, that it's main character is a feminist with no apologies. May even read another Isaacs book along the way. . . .

    27. I picked it up and never put it down. Isaacs works an amazing complex relationship between child and parents. The parents desire to not just keep up with but be the 'Jones' is the battle that spurns this story on. The ending was a real kick. I think this is Susan Isaacs best!

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