Candace Bushnell created a sensation with her first book, Sex and the City, spawning an HBO series that has become a phenomenon. With her sharp insight and uncensored observations of the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, Bushnell has become a celebrity in her own right—on television, on the newsstands, and in bookstores across the globe.
In a new collection of stories, 4 Blondes, the romantic intrigues, betrayals, victories, and insecurities of four modern women are told with Bushnell's keen wit and sardonic eye. A beautiful B-list model in ""Nice N'Easy"" attaches herself yearly to the man with the largest summer house in the Hamptons, but she soon realizes that snagging a rich man and living in a fancy beach house won't necessarily bring her happiness. In ""Highlights (for Adults),"" a high-powered magazine columnist doesn't feel that she needs a man; an examination of her deteriorating marriage shows that her literary journalist husband could never live up to her sexual or emotional expectations. Too many expectations overwhelm Princess Cecilia in ""Platinum""; her marriage to ""the world's most eligible bachelor"" leads to a descent into paranoia that she chronicles in her journal. And in ""Single Process,"" an aging ""It girl"" worries that she is getting too old to meet a local eligible bachelor, so she travels to London in search of a husband, where she makes pithy observations about the differences between British and American men.
Once again, Bushnell returns to the land of the pretty and the powerful, breaking down bedroom doors with her wry humor and frank portrayals of love and lust among the ""It people.""
""Bushnell writes with the same acerbic ruthlessness that has made Sex and the City such a touchstone of our times."" —The New York Times
“Bushnell has her milieu down cold, and writes with the peculiarly New York cynicism of a woman who has attended one too many fragrance launches.” —New York Times Book Review
“Enough sharp humor and canny, insightful portraits to easily fill Sex and the City’s Manolo Blahnik shoes.” —USA Today
“A collection of short stories about Manhattanites whose escapades will make your own life seem tame. . . . Pour yourself a cocktail and dig in.” —Playboy
“Candace Bushnell is back in fine, blunt form. . . . Fans will get what they love: the literary dirt on characters who are so manically self-absorbed they’re appealing. . . . What makes [Four Blondes] good is that it’s all about the messy clash of bad ideas, greedy expectations, and power.” —Boston Globe
“In a world of fiction currently populated by earnest, neurotic female characters who hold down responsible jobs, it’s a relief to read about lives that are so much more troubled, glamorous and unapologetically shallow than our own.” —US Weekly
“Bushnell’s keen eye for detail is a treat, and her knack for identifying New York-specific idiosyncrasies is a riot.” —Chicago Tribune
“Jacqueline Susann meets Edith Wharton, a novel of manners with no manners, pop literature that smartly captures the mores and obsessions of our times and does so with wit, insight and a lot of talk about sex. . . . Bushnell’s satire is on target and unstrained . . . [she] has a good eye for details, a great ear for dialogue and an excellent mind for dirty thoughts.” —Seattle Times
“[Four Blondes] is so trashy, crude and vulgar that you know you should stop, but you just can’t. . . . Bushnell has a scathing, unerring eye for the details and humiliations of modern urban life.” —Cleveland Plain-Dealer
“[Four Blondes] is hip and funny, with zany New York trends, romantic men, silly names, and sage advice.” —Chicago Sun-Times