Candace Bushnell is the author of the novel SEX AND THE CITY, which inspired the HBO hit TV series and film. Her fourth novel, LIPSTICK JUNGLE, is now a drama screened on NBC. She has been described in the UK press as a 'genius' and 'Jane Austen with a Martini'.
Bushnell most definitely had a good summer. The movie version of Sex and the City was a hit, and the NBC drama based on her last novel, Lipstick Jungle, is renewed for a second season. Just in time for fall, she presents an entertaining new novel. Female friendship is usually Bushnell's uniting theme, but, here, it's a landmark building and a beyond-fashionable address that connects the myriad characters introduced: an aging but still beautiful actress named Schiffer Diamond; Enid, a powerful gossip columnist; Annalisa, a former lawyer and now the hesitant wife of a hedge-fund manager; Lola, an obnoxious young social climber determined to manipulate her way to the top of society; and Mindy, the owner of the building's least glamorous apartment yet head of the building's board. Bushnell is at her best here--frothy and fun but also absolutely sharp. There are even a few sly references to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big thrown in for good measure. Recommended for all public libraries.--Andrea Y. Griffith, Loma Linda Univ. Libs., CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for SEX AND THE CITY: **'Intriguing and highly entertaining' Helen Fielding (author of BRIDGET JONES' DIARY) **'Imagine Jane Austen with a martini, or perhaps Jonathan Swift on rollerblades' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ** 'Imagine THE SUN edited by Jane Austen ... hilarious ... a compulsively readable book, served on bite-sized chunks of irrepressible irreverence' MARIE CLAIRE
Bushnell's latest offering tells the tale of a group of female Manhattanites who live out, or dream of living out, their fantasies in the Art Deco tower of One Fifth Avenue. The prose is reminiscent of the typical Bushnell drawl, which became so popular in Sex and the City. Although the writing is somewhat familiar, narrator Donna Murphy is refreshing in her inspired reading. Murphy displays a talent for interpreting characters on the page and giving them rich, textured voices and personalities that make listening a sheer pleasure. Though the story lacks originality, Murphy's performance brings a certain theatrical atmosphere to the tale, making it an enjoyable, visual listen. A Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, July 28). (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.