Crossing Washington Square – Reviews
"For every reader who has ever wondered why nineteenth century novels about
women are called ‘the canon’, but contemporary novels about women are
called ‘chick-lit’ comes a charming, witty and cerebral novel about Rachel
Grey, an Austen-worth heroine fighting for love and respect in the academic
Nicola Kraus, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Nanny Diaries
"Joanne Rendell has done it again! Crossing Washington Square is a book that will stay with you long after you turn that final page. Curl up on a park bench somewhere, watch the leaves fall, and spend some much beloved time with Rachel and Diana. These are the kinds of characters you’ll wish you could invite over for tea."
Jessica Brody, bestselling author of The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover
"Joanne Rendell admirably reveals the hypocrisy of an academic culture that claims to want to understand people and the world they live in, but refuses to take seriously the forms of culture that matter to them."
Professor Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"In Crossing Washington Square, Joanne Rendell creates a fascinating, fictional academic world complete with a cast of smart and funny female characters. While supremely entertaining, Rendell’s novel also encourages readers to interrogate some longstanding biases against women’s popular fiction, ultimately proving that chick lit can be a good beach read plus so much more."
Professor Caroline Smith, George Washington University, author of Cosmopolitan Culture and Consumerism in Chick Lit
"Austen,Plath, Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin…it’s all good when you’re crossing into Washington Square with an unlikely friendship between two professors of literature. Joanne Rendell’s Crossing Washington Square brings the love of women’s fiction – whatever kind – into sharp focus as her characters navigate the often murky waters of love, literature and love of literature."
Robin Kall, host of Reading with Robin, WHJJ Providence radio show