Synopses & Reviews
A major national media event when published in hardcover, this delicious follow-up to Bergdorf Blondes was an immediate New York Times
bestseller and confirmed Plum Sykes' status as a literary superstar.
Sylvie Mortimer has just married and is blissfully happy with The Divine New Husband, Hunter. Sylvie's new friend, Lauren Blount, is very rich, very young, very thin, very pretty and very, very divorced. The most reckless and glamorous of Manhattan's Debutante Divorcée set, Lauren captivates Sylvie, the group's token newlywed. But while Lauren sets out on a morality-lite, orgasm-heavy "Make Out Challenge," Sylvie discovers her marriage isn't exactly an Eternity ad especially when the citys most notorious Husband Huntress zeros in on her spouse.
The Debutante Divorcée delivers all the wit and charm that made Bergdorf Blondes a smash hit. This juicy new tale delighted Sykes' many fans in hardcover and will continue to earn her new ones in this dazzling, chic paperback edition.
"Sykes picks up where the prospective-husband hunters of her bestselling 2004 debut, Bergdorf Blondes, left off: 'Married girls in New York these days put almost as much effort into losing husbands as they once did into finding them.' When Sylvie Mortimer's husband, Hunter, gets called away for business on the second day of their Mexican honeymoon, Sylvie meets fellow Manhattanite Lauren Blount, in town for her divorce honeymoon, and Lauren takes the abandoned newlywed under her wing. Back in New York, Sylvie, working on the cheap for fashion designer friend Thackeray Johnston, brings a grounded perspective to Lauren's world of the rich, well-connected and freshly single, a world of theme parties (divorce showers, power christenings) and modest goals (make out with five men before Memorial Day, hook up their own surround sound). Meanwhile, Hunter's blossoming career as a television producer makes him a prime target for 'husband huntresses,' including his notorious co-worker Sophia D'Arlan. With Hunter acting secretive, Sophia popping up everywhere and Lauren egging her on, Sylvie sees her own divorce shower in the works. Though characters are as complex as the labels they wear and dialogue tends toward observations like 'I want to be Lindsey Lohan most of the time, don't you?' Sykes's Bergdorf formula is still light, wicked, name-dropping fun." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The glamorous backdrop of elite New York...will enchant Sykes's many fans and, indeed, all devotees of novels in which beautiful people change fabulously expensive outfits almost as often as they drop the names of famous designers, celebrities, and restaurants. Yet the book does have broader appeal, as this extreme lifestyle is simultaneously embraced and skewered with a delicious, almost Wodehousian flair." Library Journal
"The semi-existent plot and ditzy characters serve as background for a lesson in what to wear if you have money to burn." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. She is a contributing editor for American Vogue, where she writes on fashion, society, and Hollywood. She has also written for Vanity Fair. Her first book, Bergdorf Blondes, was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback.