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But the bright, flawed, terrific, neurotic women we care so much about in her plays aren't in this novel... Well, there's one maybe, but you question her for wanting to spend her time around...more
Wasserstein is better known for her plays--this is her first novel. She is best known for depicting middle-aged women who su...more
Anyway, I was in Wendy Wassterstein's play called "The Heidi Chronicles" in college, and it is a story very near and dear to my heart. I loved its focus on a woman on the edge of the feminist revolution str...more
On the cover of the book it says it is a modern-age Jane Austen and I can relate to that. The critic on society and cultural rules are plenty repres...more
Critics felt traitorous calling Wendy Wasserstein's debut novel, published so soon after her death, a bit of a disappointment, but many agreed that what works so well on stage (the Pulitzer Prize? and Tony Award?winning play The Heidi Chronicles) does not translate well to prose. Some critics thought the novel possessed the verve and "charmingly neurotic" heroine (USA Today)__a Wendy stand-in__of her best-known work and praised Wasserstein's keen eye for social satire. Others called Elements of...more
The book concentrates on a handful of characters whose major concern is how they look, what prestigious boards they are affiliated with, and most importantly the seating arrangement at their endless “fusion-themed” parties. Put these woman together, their pseudo friendships, and events and you have a book that is filled with the empty conversations these pe...more
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Read this book if you're down, or looking for something to kill some time on a long plane ride. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll thank your luc...more
I would have completely loved this book if not for some completely over-the-top plot points. Yes, rich people also have problems, but plaguing every character with see...more
You can't help but love a book that references Lewis Carroll, Go Away Big Green Monster, Midwood High School, and the New York Society Library.
Wasserstein plays with the reader's emotions and loyalties until the very end. It's so difficult to decide whether or not the characters are worthy of any compassion at all. Mos...more
What was this? I love Wendy Wasserstein as a playwright. I couldn't wait to read this book! I thought that it would be a witty satire on New York's "finest" (not the firefighters, the Upper East Siders) after 9/11. I was sorely mistaken.
The first few chapters are delightful and engaging, but soon, you long for the book to go somewhere... 307 pages l...more
If Wendy Wasserstein rises from the dead, she should stick to plays.