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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author of the essay collection Shiksa Goddess ("Utterly delicious" — Judith Thurman), a dazzling debut novel, a comedy about New York's urban gentry living in a post-9/11 world — the arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls; about the rich and the nouveau rich(er), the glamorous and the desperate to be.

We meet Francesca Weissman, the Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, who takes us into the upper strata of privilege and aspiration (she's originally from Queens with a father in hosiery; life on the fringes of glittering New York is fine with her)...Samantha Acton, thoroughbred descendant of the Van Rensselaers and the Carnegies, who defines the social order in the great tradition of Mrs. Astor and Babe Paley...Judy Tremont from Modesto, California, daughter of a cop — her life's work, her obsession, is New York society and its richest families...Barry Santorini, Republican, moviemaker, winner of twelve Oscars, and his wife, the Italian supermarket heiress and former media rep for Giorgio Armani...and many more.

As Elements of Style opens out, we see a madcap mosaic of the social lives and mores of twenty-first century Manhattan — of romance, work, family, and friendship. Satiric, fierce, touching — and deliciously Wasserstein.

Review:

"In the classic primer that Pulitzer Prize — winning playwright Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles) names her dishy first novel after, Strunk & White note, 'Style not only reveals the spirit of the man but reveals his identity.' Wasserstein tries to apply that aphorism to Manhattan's wealthy elite shortly after 9/11. Upper East Side pediatrician Francesca 'Frankie' Weissman doesn't have quite as much disposable income as the Manolo moms and Bonpoint babies that frequent her office. She's drawn into the city's circles of old and new money, including those of blue-blooded Samantha Acton; reinvented Californian Judy Tremont; and self-made film mogul Barry Santorini, son of a South Philly cobbler. As mothers stockpile Cipro and gas masks after 9/11, none of them stops believing that 'life could be controlled if only you had the right resources.' As the question of how, when and with whom Frankie will couple narrows, the novel hits a disconcerting number of false notes: points of view shift with jarring speed, a bathetic account of a suicide bombing rankles and it is hard to care much about characters who utter such lines as 'That's love, babe. You always have to give 200 percent.' But Wasserstein gets the trappings and tribulations (of friendship and of romance) right, making her depiction of the rich and fab trying to connect with one another witty and entertaining." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A posthumous work by a beloved writer can only be welcomed with open and respectful arms. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein's first novel, 'Elements of Style,' arrives just three months after her death at age 55. It is a satiric tale of good versus shallow, an Upper East Side sliver of the Big Apple, set in the wake of 9/11. Wasserstein's aftermath is not the fall of 2001 filled... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"[Q]uintessential Wendy....But the Birkin-and-Botox babes wear out their welcome faster than last season's Prada, and the warm, witty Dr. Weissman disappears into the New York City skyline. Elements of Style could have used a smidge more substance. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"Is this a farcical send-up of New York's elite, or is it earnestly sympathetic women's fiction? The reader never knows, because the author doesn't either. This will not be remembered as an important part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's oeuvre." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The ambitious, acquisitive, glossy, and gossipy women are perversely engaging....[R]eaders looking for an arch and sexy high-society fantasy with edge will be perfectly satisfied with this tart tale of excess and retribution in the city." Booklist

Review:

"Wasserstein...has done a good job of simultaneously poking fun at high society...capturing a world that is at once fascinating, appalling, and amusing. Chock-full of shopping, mansions, spa treatments, and fine dining, it is a sensuous read....Recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Wasserstein peppers her dishy humor with piquant and poignant insights, transcending the chick-lit clichés that Style flirts with. You would expect no less from such a sharp and generous spirit." USA Today

Review:

"[A] delightful novel....Elements of Style is a good read, with a story line reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, although lighter and told from a female point of view." Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Review:

"[A] sleek, entertaining read that shares much of the wit and astuteness of Wasserstein's plays. But it's less polished than her plays and essays, written with the clumsiness of an author who hasn't mastered the novel's form." Caryn James, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author of the essay collection Shiksa Goddess (“Utterly delicious”Judith Thurman), a dazzling debut novel, a comedy about New Yorks urban gentry living in a post-9/11 worldthe arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls; about the rich and the nouveau rich(er), the glamorous and the desperate to be.

We meet Francesca Weissman, the Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, who takes us into the upper strata of privilege and aspiration (shes originally from Queens with a father in hosiery; life on the fringes of glittering New York is fine with her) . . . Samantha Acton, thoroughbred descendant of the Van Rensselaers and the Carnegies, who defines the social order in the great tradition of Mrs. Astor and Babe Paley . . . Judy Tremont from Modesto, California, daughter of a copher lifes work, her obsession, is New York society and its richest families . . . Barry Santorini, Republican, moviemaker, winner of twelve Oscars, and his wife, the Italian supermarket heiress and former media rep for Giorgio Armani . . . and many more.

As Elements of Style opens out, we see a madcap mosaic of the social lives and mores of twenty-first century Manhattanof romance, work, family, and friendship. Satiric, fierce, touchingand deliciously Wasserstein.

“Pure Wendy! She effortlessly makes the leap from stage to page with a novel that is loving, compassionate, flat-out funny. Wendy loved the word ‘scintillating, which is the best way to describe her stunning Elements of Style.

John Guare

“Wasserstein gets the trappings and tribulations (of friendship and of romance) right, making her depiction of the rich and fab trying to connect with one another witty and entertaining.”

Publishers Weekly

“Bold, nimble, and funny to its fingertips, Elements of Style is a delight, a triumph. A book that no self-respecting New Yorker should be without. Those cursed with the hell of multiple residences will self-evidently need several copiesand spares, for houseguests.”

Flora Fraser

About the Author

Wendy Wasserstein is the author of the the plays Uncommon Women and Others, Isn't It Romantic, The Sisters Rosensweig, An American Daughter, and The Heidi Chronicles, for which she received a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and of the books, Bachelor Girls and Shiksa Goddess. She was admired both for the warmth and the satirical cool of her writing; each of her plays and books captures an essence of the time, makes us laugh and leaves us wiser. Wendy Wasserstein was born in 1950 in Brooklyn and died at the age of 55. Her daughter, Lucy Jane, lives in New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400042319
Author:
Wasserstein, Wendy
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Women pediatricians
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Publication Date:
April 18, 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.52x6.52x1.19 in. 1.42 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the classic primer that Pulitzer Prize — winning playwright Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles) names her dishy first novel after, Strunk & White note, 'Style not only reveals the spirit of the man but reveals his identity.' Wasserstein tries to apply that aphorism to Manhattan's wealthy elite shortly after 9/11. Upper East Side pediatrician Francesca 'Frankie' Weissman doesn't have quite as much disposable income as the Manolo moms and Bonpoint babies that frequent her office. She's drawn into the city's circles of old and new money, including those of blue-blooded Samantha Acton; reinvented Californian Judy Tremont; and self-made film mogul Barry Santorini, son of a South Philly cobbler. As mothers stockpile Cipro and gas masks after 9/11, none of them stops believing that 'life could be controlled if only you had the right resources.' As the question of how, when and with whom Frankie will couple narrows, the novel hits a disconcerting number of false notes: points of view shift with jarring speed, a bathetic account of a suicide bombing rankles and it is hard to care much about characters who utter such lines as 'That's love, babe. You always have to give 200 percent.' But Wasserstein gets the trappings and tribulations (of friendship and of romance) right, making her depiction of the rich and fab trying to connect with one another witty and entertaining." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Q]uintessential Wendy....But the Birkin-and-Botox babes wear out their welcome faster than last season's Prada, and the warm, witty Dr. Weissman disappears into the New York City skyline. Elements of Style could have used a smidge more substance. (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "Is this a farcical send-up of New York's elite, or is it earnestly sympathetic women's fiction? The reader never knows, because the author doesn't either. This will not be remembered as an important part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's oeuvre."
"Review" by , "The ambitious, acquisitive, glossy, and gossipy women are perversely engaging....[R]eaders looking for an arch and sexy high-society fantasy with edge will be perfectly satisfied with this tart tale of excess and retribution in the city."
"Review" by , "Wasserstein...has done a good job of simultaneously poking fun at high society...capturing a world that is at once fascinating, appalling, and amusing. Chock-full of shopping, mansions, spa treatments, and fine dining, it is a sensuous read....Recommended."
"Review" by , "Wasserstein peppers her dishy humor with piquant and poignant insights, transcending the chick-lit clichés that Style flirts with. You would expect no less from such a sharp and generous spirit."
"Review" by , "[A] delightful novel....Elements of Style is a good read, with a story line reminiscent of Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, although lighter and told from a female point of view."
"Review" by , "[A] sleek, entertaining read that shares much of the wit and astuteness of Wasserstein's plays. But it's less polished than her plays and essays, written with the clumsiness of an author who hasn't mastered the novel's form."
"Synopsis" by , From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author of the essay collection Shiksa Goddess (“Utterly delicious”Judith Thurman), a dazzling debut novel, a comedy about New Yorks urban gentry living in a post-9/11 worldthe arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls; about the rich and the nouveau rich(er), the glamorous and the desperate to be.

We meet Francesca Weissman, the Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, who takes us into the upper strata of privilege and aspiration (shes originally from Queens with a father in hosiery; life on the fringes of glittering New York is fine with her) . . . Samantha Acton, thoroughbred descendant of the Van Rensselaers and the Carnegies, who defines the social order in the great tradition of Mrs. Astor and Babe Paley . . . Judy Tremont from Modesto, California, daughter of a copher lifes work, her obsession, is New York society and its richest families . . . Barry Santorini, Republican, moviemaker, winner of twelve Oscars, and his wife, the Italian supermarket heiress and former media rep for Giorgio Armani . . . and many more.

As Elements of Style opens out, we see a madcap mosaic of the social lives and mores of twenty-first century Manhattanof romance, work, family, and friendship. Satiric, fierce, touchingand deliciously Wasserstein.

“Pure Wendy! She effortlessly makes the leap from stage to page with a novel that is loving, compassionate, flat-out funny. Wendy loved the word ‘scintillating, which is the best way to describe her stunning Elements of Style.

John Guare

“Wasserstein gets the trappings and tribulations (of friendship and of romance) right, making her depiction of the rich and fab trying to connect with one another witty and entertaining.”

Publishers Weekly

“Bold, nimble, and funny to its fingertips, Elements of Style is a delight, a triumph. A book that no self-respecting New Yorker should be without. Those cursed with the hell of multiple residences will self-evidently need several copiesand spares, for houseguests.”

Flora Fraser

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