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Trudy Hopedale

2.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  24 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
On the eve of the 2000 election, the charmed life of Washington hostess Trudy Hopedale is quietly falling apart. Her daytime talk show is about to be hijacked by a younger, prettier assistant, and then there is the horrifying novel that her husband has written in secret, which contains some rather troubling implications for a former Foreign Service colleague. And what is h ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 17th 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2007)
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May 17, 2008 Andrea rated it did not like it
Shelves: why-did-i-bother
Ugh! Why did I even bother with this book? Boring, plotless, unlikeable characters. Why, oh why, did I bother??
May 17, 2015 Pooch rated it really liked it
Jeffrey Frank employs the ballot-counting debacle of the 2000 election as a back drop for the coming change in DC and its ripple effects among the D-list social set. Events swirl around wanna-be socialite Trudy Hopedale, a party-giving friend seeker among the influential people. Irony is so heavily slathered on this story that it is...well, ironic. There's some humor, some recognizable stereotypes, and enough bits of history that kept me reading, finally reaching the bitter end.

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Nov 20, 2012 Hank Stuever rated it really liked it
Not sure why I put off reading this for so long -- it came out five years ago. Kind of wickedly wonderful satirical takedown of the old Georgetown social set in the waning, pre-9/11 era. Horrible people being horrible to one another but managing, of course, to love themselves. Not just satire; there's a real vein of melancholy under it. Abrupt ending left me cold -- it was meant to, I'm sure.
May 07, 2009 Pbwritr rated it liked it
Shelves: frothy-novels
Delightful book--an inside look at Washington society--from two viewpoints. Very shallow characters, but the dialogue is as if they are talking out loud. Very enjoyable and very quick to read.
Feb 16, 2012 Joanne rated it did not like it
Gah, I can't read this. I get that the tone is supposed to be clever and sarcastic, I say it's just annoying.
Mar 20, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok
Couldn't understand what was supposed to be appealing about the book. Tongue-in-cheek tone, boring plot.
Jan 18, 2012 Krista rated it liked it
Amusing, quick read...with very unlikeable characters!
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Aug 07, 2011 Stella Young rated it it was amazing
Fast-read. Well-written and amusing.
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short read not that great
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Worked as senior editor at The New Yorker. Also worked for The Washington Post.
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