|That's me, Carrie, and Amy at our last family gathering. OK, fine it's not. You can tell it's not us because we don't smoke. (It's an image from Approaching Shakespeare. )|
Bianca (Bean) is running from a very different life that she made in New York City. She fled her hometown and all that she knew as soon as possible after college. She has been living in NYC for years with a good job, and yet there was a hole there she couldn't fill no matter how many men she seduced or shoes she bought. Her lifestyle gets her fired though, and she finds herself in debt and suffering from a deeply troubled conscience. She shows up at home to nurse her wounds and form a plan so she can eventually leave her home again. But though she understands that she did things the wrong way before, she can't stop herself from making some of the same mistakes and seeking to find fulfillment in the wrong way again. It is finally realizing that she can be a part of her family without having to define herself in the negatives of her sisters (she is NOT practical like Rose, she is NOT charismatic like Cordelia) and rather the positives of herself (she IS smart, she IS good at other things besides dressing well), that allows her to start healing. Being at home with her sisters lets her open up and look more closely at what lies beneath her polished and perfectly manicured exterior.
Cordelia is the youngest and is the freest of spirit. She's been living the life of a nomad up until the point that some of her father's (all Shakespeare quotes, of course) letters catch up to her. Through the outdated letters, she learns that Rose is engaged to be married and that her mother is sick. Two good reasons to find her way back to her hometown and family. And then there's the little matter of realizing she's pregnant. With no other secure place to turn, she finds her way home. There she reconciles that she may have until now allowed life to happen to her, and if she is to be a mother she will have to become the master of her life and the life of her child. She is scared to tell her family and scared to look closely at her life and choices. She doesn't feel suffocated at home like Bianca, but she doesn't need the familiarity like Rose. She needs to find stability and the courage to grow up. And she needs to figure out what it is she wants so she can go about making that happen. No small task, to be sure.
And! As if that review wasn't entertainment enough! Let me present to you, Ron Burgundy (getting ready to give the world a sequel, in case you hadn't heard), letting the people of ESPN know they're doomed. Which is what a lot of people thought early on in the network's life. Don't believe me? Read the book (or at least the review).