Synopses & Reviews
Manhattan, the coldest night of the year -- six best friends rush to attend a celebration. Blown by wind and snow, the women arrive flushed, each caught in midadventure....
Tonight's the night of nights -- to rejoice in a new lover, leave an unfaithful husband, or decide to have a baby on one's own. These "six in the city" profes-sional women fight for their female choices. Sparks and zingers fly across the table....Love lives, secrets, and friendships go up in candle flame.
Who will win -- the romantics or the realists? How can working women triumph in such trying times? While the cell phones chime and the biological clocks rewind, the friends enact a timeless ceremony. Here is our urban "friends-as-family" generation -- Beautiful Bodies is a dazzling comedy of manners in the grand tradition of Dorothy Parker and Mary McCarthy.
Booklist Pleasure of the first rank. Impossible to put down.
Kirkus Reviews Urban thirtysomethings dissected with wisdom, literary skill, humanity and knowing humor. More please.
Bookreporter I inhaled this book in 48 hours flat...if you are looking to be absorbed and diverted, you couldn't do better.
The New York Times Book Review Wonderfully entertaining and wise....A freely chosen love life that Cunningham captures so well...a gifted and generous writer.
The New York Observer Makes one want to shower Ms. Cunningham with kisses....Its little universe calls to mind Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway...luminous and dark, funny and sad, airy and filled with meaning.
Diane Johnson author of Le Divorce Brilliant female portraits.
It has been a while since an "all female novel" rose to the wit of classics penned by Dorothy Parker or Mary McCarthy, but Beautiful Bodies has critics placing Laura Shaine Cunningham in such esteemed and delightful company while extolling the numerous virtues and pleasures of her dazzling comedy of manners. Inventively structured to take place in one night, the novel introduces readers to six unforgettable women and then invites them along to a party where Australian wine flows, zingers spark across a table, and a timeless female ritual is reinvented. This witty, sophisticated take on single women's lives at the dawn of our uncertain twenty-first century is an effervescent cocktail "that goes down easy but is deceptively potent."
From the celebrated memoirist comes a hilarious and insightful new novel--a comedy of manners featuring six 30-something women navigating the perilous currents of single life in New York City.
About the Author
Laura Shaine Cunningham is an award-winning journalist and playwright as well as the author of five books, including Sleeping Arrangements and A Place in the Country. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, Vogue and many other publications. She was born and raised in New York City. Her new novel, Dreams of Rescue, is forthcoming from Atria Books.
Table of Contents
- Raw Space
- "Please Stand Clear of the Moving Platform"
- "Desire at the End of the Line"
- Reproductive Value
- Sleeping Beauty on Seventeenth Street
- Crudits -- a Duet
- The Limo Lane: "Please Yield..."
- The Witching Hour
- The Guest of Honor
- "You look beautiful."
- Dinner Is Served
- "Ask not for whom the cell phone tolls..."
- Just Desserts
- "Holding Her Own"
- The Walpurgisnacht
- Let the Circle Be Unbroken