“A gourmet writing performance...Maggie Darling reads like a delicious feast on a beautifully laid table, with great sex after. Wonderfully entertaining.” Candace Bushnell, author of Sex And The City
A Modern Romance
978-0-8021-4178-1 • $13.00 • Paperback • May 2005
A modern woman has it all, loses it all, and learns how to live and love in a mad world of wealth and worship
She’s the goddess of hearth and home, America’s millionaire media maven of domesticity, Connecticut’s most dazzling hostess, and everything in her world is perfectexcept that Maggie Darling’s picture-book life has suddenly gone off the rails. Amid the extravagant trappings of a Christmas Eve bash for two hundred, she spies swinish stockbroker husband Kenneth slipping out of a powder room moments after his creamy young office colleague Laura Wilkie. He is, shall we say, not forgiven.
Matrimonial meltdown launches Maggie on a year of romance and misadventure, including a fling with British rock star turned movie actor Frederick Swann, who is filming a vampire movie in Venice for the Hungarian megalomaniac director Franz Tesla. When Swann dismayingly takes to calling her “Mum” in the boudoir, Maggie senses trouble. Back home, a sniper is loose on the Merritt Parkway and a gang known as the Businessman’s Lunch Posse is terrorizing patrons of Manhattan’s four-star restaurants. Meanwhile, Maggie’s attempt to rescue her old college roommate from Hollywood heartbreak and drug addiction veers toward disaster; Maggie’s son, Hooper, drops out of college and falls into the company of the sinister gangsta rap group Chill Az Def; a retreat to her dashing editor Harold Hamish’s Vermont cabin turns into a seduction fiasco. And famous friends literally lose their heads on Central Park West. As calamity piles on catastrophe can Maggie Darling brilliantly resolve the collapse of civilization as we wish we knew it?
With a satirical wit sharp enough to cut through a wheel of Parmagiano Reggiano, Maggie Darling is a brilliant comedy of manners about a modern woman who has it all, loses it all, and learns to carry on intrepidly in the face of it all.