Is There Still Sex in the City?

Is There Still Sex in the City is the story of one writer’s midlife crisis.
Candace Bushnell finds herself in middle age, divorced and worried about money. 42360872.jpgThings truly come apart when her dog dies and she moves out to Village. Bushnell chronicles the experience of Tinder “dating”, having younger boyfriends and the suicide of one her close friends.
This is one of the saddest books I have read in a long time. Bushnell refuses to accept she is in a middle life crisis and gives it a cute name and acronym. This is sad in and of itself. She refuses to truly accept her life. And then writes this book in order to make money from it.
It was hard to identify with her and her friends. Unlike her previous essays, there is no fantasy of being in the thrilling world of New York. I rolled my eyes when she complained living in the Upper East Side (if you can’t afford it don’t live there. Damn.). I despised her desperateness at thinking she would get something real from Tinder. And don’t get me started on her “not mom but acting like mom” chapter.
Maybe this something people her ages (late fifties/early sixties) would enjoy. But I don’t see many of normal people being able to empathize with a life that is still better than their because of economic status. Plus, many of the topics have been covered before in more entertaining and engaging ways (specifically The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt episode about the older woman/younger guy dynamic).
In her book, she mentioned she wrote several novels no one would publish. After reading this one, which has been chosen for publication, I have to wonder how bad those are.

Publication Date: August 6
I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.

 

Bluff

Bluff is more than just fashion and luncheons; the novels look at the greed, betrayal and murderous tendencies of the social elite.

One day, Maude walks into the Four Seasons, is shown to a party by an unsuspecting

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maître d’, pulls out a gun, shoots at the party, and then walks out. The novel follows the twisty, complicated fallout. Was Maude aiming at the accountant who she says stole her mother’s money and she hit the wrong person? Why would she commit a crime in front of everyone? Is Maude really crazy? But this is more than just Maude’s story; involved in the aftermath is the widow of the man slayed as well as his mistress. Who is bluffing and who really holds the cards?

This book was really fun! The story builds with excitement and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Each twist just gets you more interested in the mystery. You keep reading because you want to know what’s really going on.

Sadly, the author delivers the twist without any fanfare. Any poker player knows you have to put on a show to play the game and they would be disappointed with the author’s delivery. The twist itself is magnificent but it’s presented without much emotional impact; it’s just stated as a fact. Also, the ending seems rushed but at the point, the story has been told and the author is just tying up loose ends.

Overall, I did enjoy reading the book and look forward to reading other works by Jane Stanton Hitchcock.

 

Publication Date: February 19

I received an ARC from the publisher for review; all opinions are my own.