Putting on the Ritz by Joe Keenan

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The boys from Blue Heaven are back--in a frothy, campy, laugh-out-loud cocktail of a novel that suggests the work of an East Coast Armistead Maupin. The wisecracking Philip Cavanaugh and Gilbert Selwyn weave their way among the tables of New York cafe society in this hilarious new novel.
 

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Published January 1, 1991 by Viking. 325 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But his hapless attempts to deliver it without delivering himself to Peter or his lawyers lands him in repeated jams only his songwriting partner, improbably straight, unkinky Claire Simmons, can get him out of--and she's not kindly disposed toward him after Elsa's debut in the Rainbow Room, some...

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Although the constantly arch tone palls a bit, Keenan's generally clever repartee and on-target sendups of the media, nouveau-riche society, show biz, magazine publishing and gossip-mongers make for a fast and entertaining read.

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Playwright Keenan's amusing hardcover debut (second in a proposed series, after the Penguin paperback Blue Heaven ) incorporates all the elements of a classic screwball comedy.

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Like Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster, Philip is essentially a pawn, dragooned into adventure by a fast-talking friend--Gilbert Selwyn, who also starred with Philip in Keenan's first novel, "Blue Heaven."

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