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In this off-the-beaten-sidewalk debut, native New Yorker Daphne Uviller reveals the secrets of a sexy, story-filled Big Apple, where a mystery lurks behind every apartment door—and a savvy but slightly lost young woman unexpectedly finds herself holding the keys.

In a city brimming with opportunities for heroism, twenty-seven-year-old Zephyr Zuckerman has often fantasized about committing acts of bravery that would make front-page news. Now she may get her big break—though it may require plunging a few toilets. When the superintendent of her parents Greenwich Village brownstone is led away in handcuffs, unemployed Zephyr takes over his post and unleashes her inner sleuth: discovering titillating secrets about her tenants—from a smoky-voiced Frenchwoman who entertains throngs of unsavory visitors to a moody musician who just has to be hiding something—and realizing that her new reality is far more intriguing than her imagination.

Soon Zephyr has sussed out wrongs that stretch from losers on the Internet to art fraud and an international crime ring. The mob thinks shes in the FBI, and the FBI thinks shes in the mob—a predicament she needs to clear up fast. But perhaps not before the cute, surly exterminator helps her solve the mystery of what to do with the rest of her life….

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"Uviller's debut is as gleefully unpretentious as the rhinestones on narrator Zephyr Zuckerman's thrift-shop dress. 'This is not a Jesus-saving kind of story,' Zephyr warns, and, indeed, sex, bodily functions, white lies and general irreverence keep this tale of love, friendship and New York City popping along. Zephyr and her best friends are flawed and lovable: divorce party-crasher Tag is a globe-trotting scientist; Lucy, a social worker, writes notes on $10 bills and hopes that the right man will answer her call; Mercedes, a violinist, snags a celebrity boyfriend; and Abigail, a professor, falls into Internet-dating catastrophe. Zephyr, meanwhile, has dropped out of school, and her major concern, other than getting over an ex, is figuring out what she wants to be. So when her super is arrested, Zephyr inherits his post and discovers that there is far more happening under her roof than she can handle. The novel gallops at full speed from the very first line, and though there are times when it would serve Uviller well to rein it in a bit, this is undoubtedly smarter and funnier than most other girls-in-the-city novels." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Daphne Uviller was superintendent of her familys building in the West Village for ten long years. She is a former Books/Poetry editor for Time Out New York and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsday, New York, Allure, and Self. A third-generation Greenwich Village resident, she now lives in her childhood apartment with her husband and two children.

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cosifan, January 5, 2009 (view all comments by cosifan)
Talk about art imitating life, to impressive effect. New Yorker Daphne Uviller, author of the new novel Super in the City, was a grad student who couldn’t get a job, so she took over as superintendent of her family’s Greenwich Village brownstone--which gave her a great idea for a mystery series. It’s a sensational book, full of laughs and sex and lovely writing and repair tips.

Get your hands on 27-year-old protagonist Zephyr Zuckerman while she’s still the newest thing on the block.
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ISBN:
9780385342698
Author:
Uviller, Daphne
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Apartment houses
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.32x5.28x.69 in. .49 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Uviller's debut is as gleefully unpretentious as the rhinestones on narrator Zephyr Zuckerman's thrift-shop dress. 'This is not a Jesus-saving kind of story,' Zephyr warns, and, indeed, sex, bodily functions, white lies and general irreverence keep this tale of love, friendship and New York City popping along. Zephyr and her best friends are flawed and lovable: divorce party-crasher Tag is a globe-trotting scientist; Lucy, a social worker, writes notes on $10 bills and hopes that the right man will answer her call; Mercedes, a violinist, snags a celebrity boyfriend; and Abigail, a professor, falls into Internet-dating catastrophe. Zephyr, meanwhile, has dropped out of school, and her major concern, other than getting over an ex, is figuring out what she wants to be. So when her super is arrested, Zephyr inherits his post and discovers that there is far more happening under her roof than she can handle. The novel gallops at full speed from the very first line, and though there are times when it would serve Uviller well to rein it in a bit, this is undoubtedly smarter and funnier than most other girls-in-the-city novels." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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