Beautiful Bodies by Laura Shaine Cunningham
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Manhattan, the coldest night of the year -- six best friends rush to attend a celebration. Blown by wind and snow, the women arrive flushed, each caught in midadventure....
Tonight's the night of nights -- to rejoice in a new lover, leave an unfaithful husband, or decide to have a baby on one's own. These "six in the city" profes-sional women fight for their female choices. Sparks and zingers fly across the table....Love lives, secrets, and friendships go up in candle flame.
Who will win -- the romantics or the realists? How can working women triumph in such trying times? While the cell phones chime and the biological clocks rewind, the friends enact a timeless ceremony. Here is our urban "friends-as-family" generation -- Beautiful Bodies is a dazzling comedy of manners in the grand tradition of Dorothy Parker and Mary McCarthy.

About Laura Shaine Cunningham

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Laura Shaine Cunningham is the author of Beautiful Bodies, A Place in the Country, and Sleeping Arrangements. A playwright and journalist, she has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. She is a native New Yorker.
Published May 8, 2010 by Atria Books. 387 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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In Cunningham's lively and amusing first novel, six women who have been friends for two decades gather together on the snowiest night of the year.

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In this tale of six 30-ish friends who gather on a stormy winter night in Lower Manhattan to celebrate the pregnancy of one of their number, Cunningham is trying to capture the hum and buzz of female bonding as well as the electricity of New York City --- no easy task.

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Austin Chronicle

This sounds like a tag line for some Waiting To Exhale-esque film, but even in the play's few clichéd moments ("Your hips are almost normal now"), there is a warm, clever aesthetic at work, and it creates an atmosphere of revelation and good will.

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Her love life consists of distant love affairs, but she is yearning for someone close and permanent in her life.

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