Guys in Suits: A Novel

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Doubleday, 2001 - Fiction - 264 pages
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Bestselling author Van Whitfield is back with another hilarious peek into the romantic lives of today's everyday Joes.
Readers across the country are discovering the marvelously original voice of Van Whitfield as he champions the romantic trials and tribulations of today's everyman. In "Guys in Suits, "a laugh-out-loud expos? of how differently women treat blue-collar guys and white-collar "suitors," Whitfield shines the spotlight on the desperate bus-driving Simon and his stockbroker best friend Stuart, D.C.'s consummate ladies' man.
Having just turned thirty, Simon is in search of his soul mate and determined to settle down. Stuart has different plans. He subscribes to the "Quintessential Male Manifesto," the 60-day rule-a theory that suggests men are inherently bound to successfully coexist in relationships for just 60 days!
Weeks 1--2 are the "Glory Days," when a man actually looks forward to "communicating" with a potential mate. Weeks 2--4 are known as the "Realm of Reality," the period in which the gloss wears off. The "Prozac Period," weeks 5--6, is a time of high anxiety because the woman thinks she's found Mr. RightEbut the guy knows he's in too deep. And the "Dawn of Destruction," the final era of the 60-day rule, is when the guy is ready to bail, but unfortunately, the woman isn't!
As Simon and Stuart's annual New Year's Eve investment group vacation approaches (with their two "happily" married buddies and their wives, no less) they're in a mad dash to find dates. As the deadline for this fun-in-the-sun extravaganza approaches both Simon and Stuart have met potential Ms. Rights and are confident that for the first time, they'll take their dream dates on theirannual island getaway. Everything looks good, but just before the tickets are booked a staggering discovery threatens to upset Simon and Stuart's seemingly perfect plan.
With all the laughs and hubris of a sweet old-fashioned comedy, Van Whitfield takes readers on a madcap romp through the rocky terrain of today's relationships.

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About the author (2001)

VAN WHITFIELD is the author of the Emerge and Blackboard bestselling novel Beeperless Remote, which has been optioned as a feature film, and Something’s Wrong with Your Scale! He lives in suburban Washington, D.C.

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