From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and
author of the essay collection Shiksa Goddess (“Utterly
delicious”—Judith Thurman), 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.
As Elements of Style opens
out, we see a madcap mosaic of the social lives and mores of twenty-first
century Manhattan—of romance, work, family, and friendship. Satiric, fierce,
touching—and deliciously Wasserstein. Download and start listening now!