Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lucinda Rosenfeld's "The Pretty One"

"Perfect. Pretty. Political. For nearly forty years, The Hellinger sisters of Hastings-on-Hudson-namely, Imperia (Perri), Olympia (Pia), and Augusta (Gus)--have played the roles set down by their loving but domineering mother Carol." So opens the publisher's description of The Pretty One: A Novel about Sisters by Lucinda Rosenfeld. "Perri, a mother of three, rules her four-bedroom palace in Westchester with a velvet fist, managing to fold even fitted sheets into immaculate rectangles. Pia, a gorgeous and fashionable Chelsea art gallery worker, still turns heads after becoming a single mother via sperm donation. And Gus, a fiercely independent lawyer and activist, doesn't let her break-up from her girlfriend stop her from attending New Year's Day protests on her way to family brunch."

Here Rosenfeld dreamcasts an adaptation of the novel:
There are so many characters in The Pretty One that I'm going to limit the casting to my fictional family (i.e. the Hellingers). Here goes:

Bob Hellinger - Donald Sutherland

Carol Hellinger – Barbra Streisand

Perri Hellinger – Tina Fey (alternate: Rosemarie DeWitt)

Pia Hellinger - Gwyneth Paltrow (alternate:  Amanda Peet)

Gus Hellinger – Mia Kirshner (alternate: Milla Jovovich)
Learn more about The Pretty One at the publisher's website.

--Marshal Zeringue