Elements of Style (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 18, 2006 - Fiction - 307 pages
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Elements of Style, the Pulitzer Prize—winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s first novel, is a scathing comedy about New York's high society facing the post—9/11 world. Francesca Weissman, an Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, floats on the fringes of the upper strata of privilege and aspiration. Through her bemused eyes we meet the thoroughbred socialite Samantha Acton; relentless social climber Judy Tremont; Barry Santorini, an Oscar-winning moviemaker accustomed to having his way; his supermarket heiress wife, Clarice; and more, tossed together in a frothy stew of outrageous conspicuous consumption and adulterous affairs that play out on Page Six. But when Wasserstein’s madcap tour of the social lives and mores of twenty-first-century Manhattan veers into tragedy, we finally see the true cost of her characters’ choices, and the beating heart of this dazzling novel.


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Interesting insight into NYC east side lifestyle. - Goodreads
Quick read, but was disappointed by the ending. - Goodreads
not my usual choice, but a nice change of pace - Goodreads
The negative: the ending was very disappointing! - Goodreads
But the ending was dissatisfying to me. - Goodreads
Audiobook for my workouts - Goodreads

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User Review  - Robin - Goodreads

Apparently there are two nice people left in NYC hard to like the book when all the characters are despicable Read full review

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User Review  - Arwen - Goodreads

Well done, but ultimately quite sad, and with one, maybe two, sympathetic characters out of a whole cast. I feel like I need a palate cleanser now. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
11
Section 3
16
Section 4
23
Section 5
30
Section 6
37
Section 7
46
Section 8
55
Section 21
171
Section 22
182
Section 23
190
Section 24
197
Section 25
205
Section 26
210
Section 27
221
Section 28
230

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
85
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 29
238
Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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About the author (2006)

Wendy Wasserstein is the author of the the plays Uncommon Women and Others, Isn’t It Romantic, The Sisters Rosensweig, An American Daughter, and The Heidi Chronicles, for which she received a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and of the books, Bachelor Girls and Shiksa Goddess. She was admired both for the warmth and the satirical cool of her writing; each of her plays and books captures an essence of the time, makes us laugh and leaves us wiser. Wendy Wasserstein was born in 1950 in Brooklyn and died at the age of 55. Her daughter, Lucy Jane, lives in New York.

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