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Trading Up

With a brilliant comic voice and a penchant for social satire, the author of "Sex and the City" brings readers a sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining latter-day comedy of manners centered on a modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox, a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp. 416 pp.
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Candace Bushnell is the author of Sex and the City, Four Blondes, and Trading Up. She has been a columnist for The New York Observer and a contributing editor to Vogue.


The author of Sex and the City takes another look at pre-September 11 New York City high life. As the novel begins, glamorous but generally unlikable supermodel Janey Wilcox is fit to be tied. While she is stuck in traffic on her drive out to the Hamptons, the truly elite are traveling to the weekend resort via seaplane. Although she has achieved success in her own right as a Victoria's Secret model, Janey yearns to scale even higher up the social ladder. Tired of trying to sleep her way to the top, she decides that a friendship with old-money socialite Mimi Kilroy just might be her ticket to the top rung. Mira Sorvino perfectly captures the tone of the book in the abridged version, and while Ellen Archer's reading is also good, many will find 17 hours of the life of Janey to be a bit much. The abridged program is recommended for public libraries.-Beth Farrell, Portage Cty. Dist. Lib., OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Vivid characterizations and astute social commentary...a realism that rivals Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities." "A collection of Witty, socially relevant vignettes... These clever tales seduce the reader as juicy gossip ... The tone is light and snappy, the humor tickling like a metronome, with genuine sweetness mixed in with the manic-schmooze reporting." "Provides a prime banquette seat to witness the intense and rather frightening mating rituals of attractive, successful, over-35-and-still-unmarried set."

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