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Although Frankie is intelligent, she is not a perfect size two and does not wear Manolas. She is always the extra dinner guest seated next to the artsy afficinado, who leaves her at her door when he escorts her home.
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The New York Brahmins and the nouveau riche have thier own clashes and Frankie is caught in the middle. The married couples interchange partners-always looking for the ultimate experience. Their world is filled with private jets, Aspen holidays and attending the right charity gala. Frankie is above the tedium of keeping up with the who's who of New York, she works at her job as a healer. Wasserstien's an able chronicler of New York';s charmed but hermetic social set. Their incessant need to acquire and consume carnally and literally are conveyed in perfect pitch. Their lust for bigger and biggest drives the plot, and creates an absorbing tableau of life on Fifth Avenue. The characters are not caricatures; they are fresh and rounded. Their debaucheries are delivered with a hint of a theatrical flair.

The story has many powerful moments delineating the ambiguity and clash of sex and class.

The review of this Book prepared by Irene DSouza

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Other aspects:    -   story of "the rich" Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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