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Moscow's exclusive Rublyovka neighbourhood is the decadent playground of the Russian nouveau riche. Here, dachas come complete with steam baths, heated floors, and live-in masseurs; poodles are dyed pink to match designer dresses; days of haute couture shopping slip into nights of cocaine-fueled partying; and the city's most glamorous celebrities?including Oscar-winning di ...more
Hardcover, First U.S. edition, 281 pages
Published 2006 by ReganBooks (first published 2005)
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Margarita
Sep 26, 2009 Margarita rated it liked it
Shelves: russian
Her subsequent books are quite a bit better but Casual was the first and started a whole genre - you have to give it credit.
Rubysbooks
Jan 25, 2012 Rubysbooks rated it liked it
For the full review, go to my blog: http://rubys-books.blogspot.com/2012/...


This book reminded me of Desperate Housewives, only in Russia. You have funny moments, tragic moments, some tears, plots and schemes and money. Lots and lots of money. The heroine of this book is very witty, sarcastic, sometimes almost snarky. Her and her friends are rich and they aren't afraid of showing that. The author takes you from spas to exclusive restaurants and clubs, where the rich people in Moscow have fun, dr
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Ana
Jun 18, 2014 Ana rated it did not like it
It's just... bad. I'm not sympathetic towards ANY of the characters, let alone the main one, and I'm not even impressed by the life, the money, the furs, ...nothing.

The worst chick-lit book I've read. So far at least.
Ms
Oct 11, 2007 Ms rated it it was amazing
I have always been fascinated with the subject matter pertaining to this main character's community. So, when I saw the book at my local bookstore, I knew I wanted to get started on it immediately. Wonderful it was, and although it wasn't something life-changing, it gave the reader an inside look into a subject that is rarely touched on. I have not seen many other authors try to capture this subject--but if I do, I'll be sure to read that as well ;)
Julia
Jan 05, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
Shelves: russian
увлекательно, легко и ненавязчиво.. В памяти не остается? Ну и что! Не все же время на серьезную литературу тратить.
Tortla
Nov 29, 2009 Tortla rated it liked it
Shelves: schooly, feministy
Written in a very simplistic style, the book nevertheless has its moments of depth. Very brief moments. Mostly it's about shallow Russian women and their extravagant spending habits. And a murder. (Some of the extravagant spending is concerned with avenging said murder...and moving on.)
Sarah
Jan 22, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Easy reading, and kind of a hard core story. I saw stories on TV about this neighborhood while in Moscow this summer, and it was a good read in light of what I'd heard..
Linda
Oct 10, 2012 Linda rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
Ik heb hem uitgelezen, omdat het moest van mezelf. Maar jemig: waar ging het nou over? Dunne verhaallijn en niet erg pakkend geschreven wat mij betreft
Kari Coughlon
Dec 31, 2009 Kari Coughlon rated it really liked it
Based on a true story, this is an interesting peek at the upper class women of modern-day Russia. The luxury and excess are unbelievable...
Anna
Mar 20, 2008 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: russian-authors
It was too tyring! Drugs, sex and ... shopping! Don't get me wrong I'm not the crazy feminist but none of her characters are half of the woman!
Sarah
Jul 15, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok
Almost a Russian Desperate Housewives on steroids. Mob murders, buttermilk importation...a great quick, fun summer read.
Stephanie Blackbern
Jul 10, 2009 Stephanie Blackbern rated it liked it
The new Russia is about $$$ and some naive understanding of life. It was good but hard to connect to.
Alex
Apr 12, 2010 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: school
Eh, it's ok. A little boring, but I liked the main character.
Karen Lemke
EXCELLANT, want to read again.
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