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Trudy Hopedale

2.92 of 5 stars 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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Ugh! Why did I even bother with this book? Boring, plotless, unlikeable characters. Why, oh why, did I bother??
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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Hank Stuever
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.
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.
Gah, I can't read this. I get that the tone is supposed to be clever and sarcastic, I say it's just annoying.
Couldn't understand what was supposed to be appealing about the book. Tongue-in-cheek tone, boring plot.
Amusing, quick read...with very unlikeable characters!
Stella Young
Fast-read. Well-written and amusing.
Mary sipp rigby
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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