Elements of Style
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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
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
Wasserstein is better known for her plays--this is her first novel. She is best known for depicting middle-aged women who su ...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
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
Honestly, I laughed out loud a few times. It did have mention of 911, and how “New Yorkers” in this group of people were affected. Overall, it was fun, good read.
✨Good Beach read! 👍🏻