Alex Witchelâ€™s first novel, Me Times Three, was praised by Joan Didion as â€śan irresistible dissection of love in the city.â€ť Now Witchel returns with a sophisticated, witty, sexy story that exposes the world of upper-class New Yorkers and the media that perpetuate their myth.Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow whoâ€™s been dubbed â€śthe spare wifeâ€ť because sheâ€™s the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful couples she socializes with. Sheâ€™ll go to sports events with the husbands and throw elegant dinner parties and shop with the wives. Sheâ€™s cool and nonthreatening because the two things everyone knows for sure are that Ponce doesnâ€™t like sex and doesnâ€™t have a romantic bone in her body. Over the years, she has managed other peopleâ€™s livesâ€”and her ownâ€”perfectly. Ponce has everything under control, exactly the way she likes it.Until . . . Babette Steele, an ambitious aspiring journalist, finds out that Ponce is having an affair with a socially prominent and very married man and decides to break the scandal in a juicy magazine piece. For Ponceâ€™s circle, day-to-day existence quickly becomes a complicated game of social and professional chickenâ€”whoever outsmarts and outmanipulates the other will win. And there is a lot at stake, not only for Ponce but for her friends, all of whom are in the midst of crises of their own: a philandering novelist who hasnâ€™t been able to write since his breakout Wall Street best seller, an aging billionaire who canâ€™t seem to resist young women (the younger the better), a legendary news show producer on the decline, a big-name political journalist looking to rebound from his wifeâ€™s death, and an editor at a glitzy magazine that covers the worlds of politics, fashion, and Hollywood. As Ponceâ€™s life threatens to come apart at the seams, the author takes us into a world she knows intimately: a dynamic Manhattan filled with opinion makers and social fakers.This is a vibrant, trenchant novel about ambition, love, friendship, and the intoxicating allure of getting ahead . . . and trying to stay there.
Literature & Fiction, Contemporary,