Me Times Three by Alex Witchel

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Everything’s going right for Sandra Berlin.

She is living in Manhattan, climbing the editorial ladder at ultra-chic fashion magazine Jolie!, and she’s just become engaged to Bucky Ross, her high-school sweetheart. Bucky’s her knight in shining WASP armor, a successful ad executive and a descendant of Betsy Ross, and their future promises a life of comfortable suburban bliss: the Tudor mansion, the beautiful children, the country club.

And then, three weeks later, at a party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sandy meets Bucky’s other fiancée.

Who tells her about Bucky’s third fiancée.

Which begins Sandy’s journey through the unfamiliar world of heartbreak and betrayal—and the most excruciating blind dates in the history of singledom. As she tries to piece her life back together, she relies on the common sense and compassion of her best friend, Paul—a rising young film agent, gorgeous, gay, and moneyed—to keep her sane. But even Paul has his secrets, and soon Sandy is forced, on her own, to reexamine her past and, more important, what she wants for her future.

Me Times Three is comic and tender, outrageous and wise—a shrewd, dead-on portrait of a certain slice of New York life. It’s a story about wished-for ideals versus hard realities, about being who you are versus the desire to fit in, and, finally, about how love can surprise us in the most unexpected ways.
 

About Alex Witchel

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ALEX WITCHEL is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and writes the popular “Feed Me” column for the Dining section. The author of three previous books, she has also written for New York, Vogue, Elle, and Ladies' Home Journal, among other publications. She lives in New York.
 
Published May 2, 2012 by Knopf. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Similarly, although Sandra repeatedly describes herself as smart, she seldom acts that way.

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(Harvest/Harcourt, $13.) With her mother off at a sanitarium, her father busy at the local bar and a peeping Tom and a child molester walking the streets, this first novel's 10-year-old heroine gets some harsh life lessons in a tiny town in upstate New York during the 1950's.

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that’s her whole gig.” As in Witchel’s first novel, “Me Times Three,” the principal workplace is a trendy magazine, this time Boothby’s, whose successful editorial formula is “the highbrow treatment of intellectually low-rent subjects,” what “‘The New Yorker’ might be if it won the lottery and go...

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Entertainment Weekly

Me Times Three is another story about a single gal in the Big City, seeking a husband who will whisk her off and impregnate her in a posh New York City suburb.

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