Synopses & Reviews
In her first book since the cultural phenomenon Sex and the City
, Candace Bushnell triumphantly returned with the national best-seller Four Blondes
, which The New York Times
says "chronicles the glittering lives of semicelebrities, social aspirants, and moneyed folk...[with] withering precision."
Now her collection of novellas is available in paperback just in time to pack in your handbag for that summer weekend getaway to the Hamptons or that romantic rendezvous on Martha's Vineyard. Four Blondes tells the stories of four women facing up to the limitations of their rapidly approaching middle age in an era that worships youth. From the former "It-girl" heroine of "Nice N'Easy," who each summer looks for a rich man who'll provide her with a house in the Hamptons, to the writer-narrator of "Single Process," who goes to London on a hunt for love and a good magazine story, Bushnell brings to life contemporary women in search of something more when the world is pushing for them to settle for less. Sexy, funny, and wonderfully lush with gossip and scandal, Four Blondes will keep you turning pages long into the night.
"Though superficial, these characters' envy and spite rises from their fear of mortality, of dying without having left their mark. Mercilessly satirical, Bushnell's scathing insights and razor wit are laced with an understanding of this universal human fear, and they inspire fear and pity in the reader." Publishers Weekly
"[Bushnell] does a fine job of sketching her characters and portraying, both satirically and realistically, their elite social ecology (with enough of a roman à clef feel to get people talking), but the longer pieces call for greater narrative skills than Bushnell's able to muster....[G]littery and irresistible but, likewise, ultimately unsatisfying." Kirkus Reviews
"Bushnell's ironies are competitive [and] the sexual situations are more realistically sordid than anything on television. Her place as the Emily Post for Page Six canoodlers remains unchallenged..." The New Yorker
"Sexy, funny, tragic, shallow, and thoughtful, this is a real treat for grownup readers." Library Journal
"A platinum read." People
"Hip and funny." Chicago Sun-Times
Now in paperback comes the sexy, funny, and page-turning bestseller from the author of "Sex and the City. 4 Blondes" brings together the stories of four modern women to render a vivid portrait of New York at the millennium.
About the Author
With its uncensored observations of the mating rituals of Manhattan's elite, Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City created a sensation, becoming an international bestseller and a worldwide hit TV series. Her most recent book is Trading Up, a novel.