The Cigarette Girl by Carol Wolper
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A furiously funny, clear-eyed novel about a non-bimbo's dating adventures in a town that celebrates bimbosity.

Elizabeth West is twenty-eight, which means she's just entered The Zone--that seven-year span in a woman's life when the pressure to find Mr. Right is at its most intense. For Elizabeth, however, the quest is not about Mr. Right so much as it is about Mr. Maybe. And on some nights, all she's looking for is a little distraction . . .

What complicates Elizabeth's quest are the particulars of her situation. She is a writer of testosterone-heavy screenplays--the blow-'em-up vehicles for eight-figure stars and their bad-boy directors--and therefore deals on a daily basis with men who traffic nearly exclusively in bimbos, which, like smog and palm trees, are a fixture of the L.A. landscape. Though her job requires her to sound like one of the boys (sample dialogue: "I don't deal with dickbrains"), she's very much a girl, from her cell-phone codependency to her chronic attraction to dangerous men. With her female friends succumbing to marriage or morphing into Spermtrappers (women who hunger to be impregnated--husband optional), Elizabeth finds herself questioning the long-term benefits of remaining an SCU (self-contained unit) and looking with new eyes at the mating options around her.

About Carol Wolper

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Carol Wolper got her start in Hollywood working for producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. In 1999, her debut novel "The Cigarette Girl "became a national bestseller that was translated into seven languages. Carol has written pilot scripts for ABC, CBS, FX, HBO, and Warner Brother Studio. She has written for "Vogue", "Los Angeles Magazine "(where she had her own column), "C"" magazine, "L.A. Confidential", "Art Basel Magazine, "and the "Los Angeles Times "Sunday magazine.
Published December 27, 2011 by Pocket Star. 250 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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A Los Angeles screenwriter like her protagonist, Wolper seasons her slick and accomplished debut with enough new phrases to create a Seinfeldesque vocabulary. At 28, Elizabeth West is entering the Zon

Aug 02 1999 | Read Full Review of The Cigarette Girl: A Novel

Entertainment Weekly

For everyone who thought Bridget Jones was a whiny mass of neuroses and The Rules a handbook of the devil, check out Elizabeth West, tough-talking, hip, and hilarious heroine of The Cigarette Girl.

Sep 10 1999 | Read Full Review of The Cigarette Girl: A Novel

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