“Swift and amusing . . . You can count on Weldon for sharp, comical observations on subjects ranging from contemporary British painters and arts funding and programming to the contrast between Western and Eastern medicine.” Sylvia Brownrigg, New York Times Book Review
The Bulgari Connection
978-0-8021-3930-6 • $12.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2002
"It is a classic
Weldon creation: playful, sharp and funny." Merle
Rubin, Los Angeles Times
eagerly awaited publication of The Bulgari
Connection created a whirl of controversy when a front-page New York Times article revealed that Weldon
received an undisclosed sum of money from the famous Italian jeweler for a
prominent place in her latest novel. The debate about the legitimacy of commercially
sponsored literature has been heating up ever since, polarizing such literary
luminaries as Rick Moody and J. G. Ballard, Michael Chabon and Jeanette
Winterson, into respectively opposing camps. The novel itself, however, has
been gaining much praise, since “Weldon is at her wicked best in this crisp,
hilarious page-turner about ambition and love” (Booklist).
Once again the acclaimed
British author of Rhode Island Blues and Big Girls Don’t Cry draws us into an
unmistakably wild, rollicking tale full of her trademark satirical wit and
sharp observation. Grace McNab Salt is the recently divorced wife of the
millionaire Barley Salt, who has married Doris Dubois, the sexy, young host of
TV’s Artsworld Extra. The
novel opens with Grace emerging from jail where she was sent for trying to run
Doris over with her Jaguar in a supermarket parking lot in an act of revenge.
All three attend a London charity ball, and in typical Weldon fashion the
meeting turns everyone’s lives upside down.
Weldon’s world is one of
relationships: torrid affairs, lovers’ spite, and revenge. Full of clever
women, breathless romance, insistent desires, and even a dose of the
supernatural, The Bulgari Connection
is a boisterously witty and stylish novel.