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Book Review: 'Four Blondes'

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Four Blondes

Current Status:
In Season
Atlantic Monthly Press
Short Stories, Romance, Fiction

We gave it a C

Candace Bushnell, the writer who created Carrie and Mr. Big, introduces new scheming in women and unsavory men who will feel awfully familiar to fans of Sex and the City. But a bored Bushnell traipses through the four unrelated stories in Four Blondes hastily, as if her Jimmy Choos were killing her; each blond is simultaneously overcooked and underdone. Grasping Janey judges a potential boyfriend by the quality of his Hamptons summerhouse; smug Winnie manipulates her husband; and drug-addled Cecelia has a protracted nervous breakdown. In the final story, a famous journalist who writes about sex finds romance in London (as has Bushnell) with a man who is ”beautiful in the way that Englishmen can be and Americans never are.” How is that? Readers must simply take her word. C