Charles Winecoff
November 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

In this doggedly glitzy novel about four female college friends who keep in touch over the years ”doing their phone-machine thing,” TV news anchor-turned-author Kelly Lange uses interminably long-winded voice messages, the kind that are so irritating in real life, as her primary stylistic device. (Hasn’t she heard of e-mail?) As the women run up their phone bills, a hodgepodge plot emerges, one that involves infidelity, outing, and a mandatory murder. Even as trashy fun, Gossip is phoned in. C-

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