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Arm Candy: A Novel
     

Arm Candy: A Novel

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by Jill Kargman
 

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"Queen of the beach read" (Washington Post Express) Jill Kargman, returns with an uproarious tale about searching for love and starts anew on the cusp of forty.

For two decades, thirty-nine-year-old Eden Clyde has been enjoying wealth and glamour as the muse and lover of Otto Clyde, the ultrafamous and much older king of the art

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"Queen of the beach read" (Washington Post Express) Jill Kargman, returns with an uproarious tale about searching for love and starts anew on the cusp of forty.

For two decades, thirty-nine-year-old Eden Clyde has been enjoying wealth and glamour as the muse and lover of Otto Clyde, the ultrafamous and much older king of the art world. Genetically, she hit the lottery, but Eden is unlucky in love: eighteen years ago she put aside her dream of true love and marriage and turned a blind eye to Otto's philandering in exchange for a life without want. In her younger days this seemed like a fair bargain, but as forty looms overhead-and as the beauty for which she's known begins to fade-she feels the cost of the arrangement finally taking its toll on her happiness.

Eden leaves their cozy downtown loft for New York's frostier upper east Side, where she begins to search for the girl and the life she left so many years ago. With the encouragement of a raucous but lovable group of girlfriends, Eden soon finds herself embroiled in a heated love affair with Gotham's most eligible bachelor: the much younger Chase Lydon. But just as their relationship is getting serious, an old flame resurfaces. Does Eden want the life she's living-and loving-right now, or the love she left behind? On the brink of her fortieth birthday, it's time for Eden to follow her heart, but this time not even Eden is sure where that will lead.

Poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, and written with heart and humor, Arm Candy shows that although forty may sometimes feel like the ultimate F word, its never too late to find true love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
She's “as perfect as it gets,” the tabloids blare, but suddenly, Eden, the heroine of Kargman's fun and flashy if not exactly groundbreaking latest, is staring at middle age, a dead-end relationship, and regrets about the one who got away. Still, the biggest downer for the downtown arts-scene beauty is her upcoming 40th birthday. So she does what any tasty piece of arm candy does—finds a rich, charming, 28-year-old hunk of her own. “Don't be afraid to cougar out,” best friend Allison urges. Not everyone is happy with the choice, least of all art-king Otto, who still needs the leggy beauty for his muse. But when young Chase falls hard for Eden, she finds herself thinking more and more about her first, perfect love, Wes. The ending is a foregone conclusion, but Kargman's quick wit and fast-moving story bounce along agreeably, assisted by the amusing quotes that kick off each chapter (“Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician”). Kargman (The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund) gets it, even if her heroine doesn't. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
Iconic muse of the New York City art scene contemplates cougardom as 40 looms. Eden is sure her ethereal beauty will be her ticket out of her backwater hometown. Drawn to Manhattan by the lure of a modeling career, the fetching high-school dropout, after a brief stint as head groupie to a rock star, latches on to Wes, a sensitive, bespectacled architecture student. Soon, however, an older man, Otto, a painter at the top of the art heap, notices 19-year-old Eden and whisks her away to his rarified world of international jetsetters, well-heeled collectors and post-Warhol hedonism. Otto paints Eden in various states of undress, and, overnight, she's a worldwide sensation, beating out Demi Moore for glossy cover space. Otto and Eden cohabit, travel the world and produce a son, but they never marry. Through it all, Eden turns to her trash-talking high-school buddy Allison for moral support. Allison's fluency in the latest argot, and her role as cynical foil to Eden's at times enervating guilelessness, enliven the book, but not often enough. When Otto seduces his latest dewy assistant, Eden storms out, heading uptown, where her looks, still holding at 39, net another conquest: Chase, scion of old-money Upper East Siders, handsome enough to flummox an entire gay bar even if he's only there for Broadway Karaoke. He falls hard for Eden, although she's 12 years older, scandalizing his mother Brooke. His grandmother Ruthie urges Chase to bust out of his noblesse oblige and throw off the yoke of Brooke and his "Hitchcock blonde" girlfriend Liesel, whom Chase has kept hankering after the diamond in Ruthie's vault way too long. When Liesel dumps him, Chase's path to Eden is clear, but a chanceencounter reopens Eden's roads not taken, with predictable results. Despite some witty banter, there is little to distinguish this book, or Eden as a character, from others of the chick-lit genre.
Library Journal
Otto and Eden, a painter and his model muse, have been the art world's hottest couple for two decades. On the brink of Eden's 40th birthday, she catches Otto in bed with another woman; she's always been able to turn a blind eye to it in the past, but at this point in her life, it's too much. She breaks away from Otto and soon starts up an affair of her own with a much younger man. It doesn't help that he comes from one of New York's most elite families, and they don't exactly take kindly to the older, artsy Eden. VERDICT Don't judge this latest by Kargman (The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund) by the goofy cover and deceptively light title—rich characters, a well-developed love story, and heart help this one rise above the usual frothy fare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101429433
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/13/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
213,640
File size:
312 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jill Kargman is the author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Momzillas, and the coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Wolves in Chic Clothing and The Right Address. She lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her family.

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Arm Candy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
NYM More than 1 year ago
I thought it was fairly well written, but I realized at the end of the book I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters. Not the main ones, not even any of the minor ones. In fact, I found I disliked most of the characters from both categories. Everyone just seemed so superficial and snobby. Just my take.
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loved it!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like all the "Forty is the new F word" comments. If the author feels that being 39 means you are old and your life is over, I feel bad for her. I guess she thought it would be comedic, but instead I felt she was slapping me in the face with each "quote" at the beginning of each chapter telling me that at 40 you are falling apart, your best years are behind you, blah, blah, blah. I'm not even 40 yet and it depressed me. Besides that, the story might have been entertaining.
ARB More than 1 year ago
I have all books written by Jill Kargman- on her own and co-authored and this by far is her best book. Definately recommend it if you are a fan of the chic-lit genre!
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
There are some voice performers whose name on a cover attracts just as the names of authors do. For this listener multiple award winning narrator Joyce Bean is one of those. Just as Will Rogers never met a man he didn't like I've never heard a Joyce Bean reading that I didn't like. She's an Audie Award winner, brought home several Earphone Awards and a Listen Up Award from Publisher's Weekly. She's tops again with ARM CANDY. Who says romance can't be fun? Certainly not Kill Kargman who injects healthy doses of her trademark humor in this story of 39-year-old Eden Clyde who thought at one time that she'd made the best bargain possible, but did she? Blessed with stop traffic good looks Eden had once been a model trying to make her way in a tough business. When Otto Clyde, a wealthy abstract painter, offered security and every creature comfort she made her choice - although he was much older at the time it really wasn't any contest - she chose Otto rather than her steadfast boyfriend. Almost 20 years have passed. Eden and Otto have a son; she has the life she thought she wanted, and chooses to overlook Otto's other women. But, it seems enough is too much - she leaves Otto and begins a new life cheered on by some of the most fun-loving, appealing girlfriends to be found. She meets and begins a love affair with man-about-town Chase Lydon who is a decade her junior. Then, as fate and the author would have it, Eden's former love resurfaces. Once again, she must make a choice. ARM CANDY is aptly named - an enjoyable treat sugar coated with wit and spun with imagination. - Gail Cooke