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Elements Of Style by Wendy Wasserstein

Elements Of Style is the late Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein's debut and, sadly, final novel. In it she satirizes the lives of the rich and privileged women in post-9/11 New York City. At the center of the novel, Frankie Weissman is a single pediatrician, rated number one in the city, but forced to put up with the snooty mothers of her little patients. Samantha Acton is the blue blood old money, married to a plastic surgeon, Charlie, but pursuing a movie mogul, Barry Santorini, whose wife is an Italian heiress. Judy Tremont is the daughter of a cop who has married well and is trying to use Samantha as her steppingstone into higher society. Charlie, feeling withdrawn from Samantha, is drawn to Frankie. As these women share gossip, adulteries, shopping, and complaints about their minor inconveniences of life that should be below them, they are still subject to life events where their wealth is of no condequence. Elements Of Style has received mixed reviews with the New York Times saying, "Elements Of Style is both a blithe, funny feat of escapism and a sobering reminder of the inescapable."
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