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With its uncensored observations of the mating rituals of Manhattan's elite, Candace Bushnell's "Sex and the City" created a sensation, becoming an international bestseller and a worldwide hit TV series.

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Do blondes have more fun? As author of the very popular Sex and the City, Bushnell ought to know, and judging by the four main characters in her collection of loosely linked stories, they don!t. Despite spectacular hair, Calista Flockhart bodies, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Dolce & Gabbana apparel, and their careers, they!re gripped by paranoia, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning to get married, or involved in unfulfilling relationships with spectacular boors. Janey, a reasonably successful model, spends each winter finagling a love affair that will allow her to spend the summer in the Hamptons. Flourishing magazine columnist Winnie!s marriage to James falls apart when it becomes clear that he!ll never live up to her exalted plans for him. Cecilia, married to a European prince and followed by paparazzi wherever she goes, is sincerely convinced that someone (her husband?) is trying to poison her. Finally, there!s an unnamed heroine who goes to London ostensibly to research sex and the Englishman but really in the hope of meeting the sort of man she has given up on finding in Manhattan. Sexy, funny, tragic, shallow, and thoughtful, this is a real treat for grownup readers. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/00.]"Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

The author whose name is synonymous with her novel Sex and the City weighs in again with four loosely linked tales that form a sexually charged and withering analysis of how New York'sÄand London'sÄwomen work feverishly at their relationships, meanwhile trying desperately to make their names. In the first chapter, the bluntly scheming, semisuccessful model Janey Wilcox is in her 10th year of charming powerful, rich men into installing her in their Hamptons homes for the summer. The mutual benefits are obvious: the moguls get a gorgeous sex kitten to display and bed, while she summers in high style. When this arrangement leads to a few humiliating encounters, however, Janey tries her hand at screenwriting and attempts real estate school, but eventually she finds her fortune in a more realistic endeavor: a lucrative lingerie modeling contract. The next story features Winnie, a successful columnist married to a mediocre literary journalist. The victims of relentless ambition and disappointment, they lash one another with insults, each finding their only solace in one-night stands. The third tale is the paranoid confession of Cecelia, who wants to be "normal" and pops pills to mitigate her fear of being nothing without a man. The last blonde is an unnamed 40-year-old journalist who, disillusioned with Manhattan males, travels to London on a magazine assignment to compare English and American men's attitudes about sex. The Brit banter revolves entirely around sexual technique and penis size, but manages to be entertaining. Mostly, the novel is New York-centric, focused on the obsessions of desperate people and replete with glittering details to satisfy the most exacting fashionista. Though superficial, these characters' envy and spite rises from their fear of mortality, of dying without having left their mark. Mercilessly satirical, Bushnell's scathing insights and razor wit are laced with an understanding of this universal human fear, and they inspire fear and pity in the reader. Agent, Heather Schroder, ICM. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"Bushnell writes with the same acerbic ruthlessness that has made Sex and the City such a touchstone of our times." --The New York Times "Bushnell has her milieu down cold, and writes with the peculiarly New York cynicism of a woman who has attended one too many fragrance launches." --New York Times Book Review"Enough sharp humor and canny, insightful portraits to easily fill Sex and the City's Manolo Blahnik shoes." --USA Today"A collection of short stories about Manhattanites whose escapades will make your own life seem tame. . . . Pour yourself a cocktail and dig in." --Playboy"Candace Bushnell is back in fine, blunt form. . . . Fans will get what they love: the literary dirt on characters who are so manically self-absorbed they're appealing. . . . What makes [Four Blondes] good is that it's all about the messy clash of bad ideas, greedy expectations, and power." --Boston Globe"In a world of fiction currently populated by earnest, neurotic female characters who hold down responsible jobs, it's a relief to read about lives that are so much more troubled, glamorous and unapologetically shallow than our own." --US Weekly"Bushnell's keen eye for detail is a treat, and her knack for identifying New York-specific idiosyncrasies is a riot." --Chicago Tribune"Jacqueline Susann meets Edith Wharton, a novel of manners with no manners, pop literature that smartly captures the mores and obsessions of our times and does so with wit, insight and a lot of talk about sex. . . . Bushnell's satire is on target and unstrained . . . [she] has a good eye for details, a great ear for dialogue and an excellent mind for dirty thoughts." --Seattle Times"[Four Blondes] is so trashy, crude and vulgar that you know you should stop, but you just can't. . . . Bushnell has a scathing, unerring eye for the details and humiliations of modern urban life." --Cleveland Plain-Dealer"[Four Blondes] is hip and funny, with zany New York trends, romantic men, silly names, and sage advice." --Chicago Sun-Times

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