Trading Up by Candace Bushnell

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With a brilliant comic voice as well as Jane Austen's penchant for social satire, Candace Bushnell, who with Sex and the City changed forever how we view New York City, female friendships, and the love of a good pair of Manolos, now brings us a sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining latter day comedy of manners.

Modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox is a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp, and whose new-found success has gone to her head. As we follow Janey's adventures, Bushnell draws us into a seemingly glamorous world of $100,000 cars, hunky polo players and media moguls, Fifth Avenue apartments, and relationships whose hidden agendas are detectable only by the socially astute. But just as Janey enters this world of too much money and too few morals, unseen forces conspire to bring her down, forcing her to reexamine her values about love and friendship--and how far she's really willing to go to realize her dreams.

About Candace Bushnell

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Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Carrie Diaries, Sex and The City, Lipstick Jungle, One Fifth Avenue, 4 Blondes, and Trading Up, which have sold millions of copies. sex and the city was the basis for the HBO hit show and films of the same name. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC. Candace lives in New York City.
Published July 1, 2003 by Hachette Books. 600 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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It’s all well and good to create a creature as devastatingly cold-hearted and childish as Janey just so we can stand back and watch the chaos ensue (à la Valley of the Dolls, too bluntly alluded to), but a lurching, frequently stalled plot gets in the way to an almost embarrassing degree.

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The Guardian

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Trading Up by Candace Bushnell 512pp, Little, Brown, £12.99 Candace Bushnell's talent is much darker than the sweet pastel covers of her books would suggest.

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The Guardian

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Trading Up by Candace Bushnell Little, Brown £12.99, pp512 It is customary when describing the phenomenon of Candace Bushnell's success to employ some manner of comparison with Jane Austen, usually invoking a designer accessory - 'Jane Austen in Manolos';

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Publishers Weekly

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As the latest summer in the Hamptons kicks off, Wilcox becomes the new best friend of the socialite Mimi Kilroy, who is eager to introduce beautiful Janey to the very rich Selden Rose, the new head of the HBO-like MovieTime.

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Entertainment Weekly

That depends on whether lines like ''another rule of New York: One man's misery is another man's triumph'' strike you as witty insight and how much you thrill to learn that ''Nice to see you again'' is ''the ultimate New York dismissal.'' For all its racy trappings, ''Trading Up'' delivers a m...

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Janey isn¹t interested, but when she sees that very well married Mimi has hooked the to-die-for gorgeous polo player Janey was certain could have been hers, if she had gotten the chance to put out some bait, she agrees to wed Seldon.

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New York Magazine

Candace Bushnell helped invent the world she describes in her new novel—so why does Trading Up feel like it was written by someone from Des Moines?

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