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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,001 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Wasserstein Narrator: Kathe Mazu Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and author of the essay collection Shiksa Goddess, a dazzling debut novel, a comedy about New York’s urban gentry living in a post-9/11 world—the arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls; about the rich and the nouveau rich(er), the glamorous and the desperate to be.

We meet Francesca Weissman, the Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, who takes us into the upper strata of privilege and aspiration (she’s originally from Queens with a father in hosiery; life on the fringes of glittering New York is fine with her); Samantha Acton, thoroughbred descendant of the Van Rensselaers and the Carnegies, who defines the social order in the great tradition of Mrs. Astor and Babe Paley; Judy Tremont from Modesto, California, daughter of a cop—her life’s work, her obsession, is New York society and its richest families; Barry Santorini, Republican, moviemaker, winner of twelve Oscars, and his wife, the Italian supermarket heiress and former media rep for Giorgio Armani, and many more.  

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 2/18/2014

    " This was a quick read... it reminds me of a TV series like Sex and the City. I loved Wendy's plays and since this book was published after she died, I wanted to read it. I liked "Frankie" a lot.. and figured she might have been fashioned after Wendy herself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann | 2/16/2014

    " I'm not entirely sure what the author's point was for this book. I guess maybe to show the depravity and shallowness of New York socialites? I'm not sure. It also dealt a lot with uncertainly of life in New York after 9/11. Maybe I should think of this as naturalism? I'll decide someday. This wasn't exactly chick-lit, but it seemed to be a close cousin, and it was entertaining on a long car ride. But I was still confused by many choices the characters made. Two characters randomly began an affair, seemingly without warning since they both seemed fairly happily married. Instead, they seemed to act out of boredom. In fact, that seemed to be the motivation for much of the action. I continue to be drawn to these kinds of books for road trips, but I don't think it would have stood up to a print reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anika | 2/15/2014

    " A nice combo of designer fashions, upper west side, 9/11 drama, infidelity, and redemption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy N. | 2/12/2014

    " I haven't finished it yet but so far it is fantastic! I love Wendy Wasserstein and miss her terribly. The book his hilarious if you are familiar with the private school world or the wealthy Upper East siders in general. If you live in New York City, read this book. "

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