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How Perfect Is Thatby Sarah Bird
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Blythe Young—a wannabe Texas princess, a heroine as plucky, driven, and desperate as Vanity Fair’s Becky Sharp—is plummeting precipitously from up- to downstairs, banging her head on every step of the Austin social ladder as she falls. Not unlike the country as a whole, Blythe has surrendered to a multitude of dubious moral choices and is now facing the disastrous consequences: bankruptcy, public humiliation, a teensy fondness for the pharmaceuticals, and no Pap smear for ten years. But worst of all, she is forced to move back into the fleabag co-op boardinghouse where she lived when she was a student at the University of Texas.
Though Blythe cares much more about the ravaged state of her nails, and how to get the ingredients for Code Warrior—Blythe’s proprietary blend of Stoli, Ativan, and Red Bull that keeps everything in focus—her soul is hanging in the balance. Only when she is in danger of losing the one friend who’s been her true moral center is she ready to face her sins and make amends.
And her penance is merciless: she must find a way to lure her former socialite friends into the tofu tenement she has been reduced to. Little does Blythe know that the ensuing collision between the pierced, tattooed, and dreadlocked inhabitants and the pampered, Kir-sipping socialites offers the only hope of finding a way out of her moral quagmire.
Funny, fast-paced, sharp-eyed, an old-fashioned morality tale with an appropriately twenty-first-century ending, How Perfect Is That is a comic triumph of a novel.
Plunging down the Austin social ladder due some disastrous moral choices, Blythe Young is confronted by the terrifying consequences of her behavior--bankruptcy, pubic humiliation, a devotion to pharmaceuticals, and being forced to move back into the dilapidated boardinghouse she had once lived as a student--unless she can make amends and find her way out of her moral quagmire. 30,000 first printing.
Sarah Bird is the author of six previous novels: Virgin of the Rodeo, The Boyfriend School, Alamo House, The Mommy Club, The Yokota Officers Club, and The Flamenco Academy. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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