Gotham Diaries

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Overview

An uproarious work of social satire by Tonya Lewis Lee and CrystalMcCrary Anthony, who give us an exclusive peek into the world of super-rich, super-connected African Americans.

Lauren is trying to be an independent woman by starting her own documentary film company, but it's difficult when you're married to Ed Thomas, one of the wealthiest African-American businessmen in the country -- particularly when he seems to have a roving eye. Manny is an up-and-coming gay real estate ...

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Overview

An uproarious work of social satire by Tonya Lewis Lee and CrystalMcCrary Anthony, who give us an exclusive peek into the world of super-rich, super-connected African Americans.

Lauren is trying to be an independent woman by starting her own documentary film company, but it's difficult when you're married to Ed Thomas, one of the wealthiest African-American businessmen in the country -- particularly when he seems to have a roving eye. Manny is an up-and-coming gay real estate agent who arrived in Manhattan from Alabama with only the clothes on his back. He's made his way to the top of his profession -- yet he still wants more and is intent on charming his way into riches to keep his gorgeous live-in boyfriend happy. Tandy is one of the powerful "ladies who lunch" until her husband's death reveals his shocking financial problems. Now, she's desperate to reinvent herself and must find a new source of money.

In this compelling first novel, authors Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal McCrary Anthony give us a rare glimpse inside the fashionable and urbane world of New York's chic African-American society and its incumbent scandals, foibles, and skeletons. Gotham Diaries is a gripping novel, filled with fascinating characters and a plot that won't let go.

Tonya Lewis Lee, along with her husband, filmmaker Spike Lee, is the author of the successful children's book Please Baby Please, as well as a children's television producer. She lives in New York. Crystal McCrary Anthony is the coauthor (with Rita Ewing) of the novel Homecourt Advantage, about the turbulent lives of women married to NBA players. McCrary is married to former Knicks player and ESPN commentator Greg Anthony, and lives in New York.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Lee and Anthony bring their intimate knowledge of the glittery New York scene to this delicious novel.
Ebony Magazine
An evocative and gripping tale.
Glamour
"This juicy foray into New York's African American society features scheming characters who rival anyone you'll read about in . . . tabloids."
People
A decadent romp that's sure to entertain . . . the perfect escape package, whether your destination is the backyard, bathtub or . . . beach.
Publishers Weekly
Lauren Thomas, Wharton graduate, size-four beauty and rising director on the Style Channel, wants to be admired as herself, not just as the wife of Ed Thomas, billionaire baron of New York African-American society. The authors know whereof they speak, being married, respectively, to filmmaker Spike Lee and former Knicks player and ESPN commentator Greg Anthony. If Stephen Carter was the Henry James of old black money with The Emperor of Ocean Park, the Lee/Anthony team is the Edith Wharton of new black money. As Lauren rises in selfhood, her best friends tumble: Manny Marks, the gay realtor who grew up dirt-poor, and widow Tandy Brooks, who at age 51 is dethroned as the duchess of philanthropy because her despised husband left her in debt. Vicious, funny, juicy, with lots of antic real estate scenes, the story is driven by a plot in which Manny and Tandy collude to swindle Lauren and Ed. The dual authorship sometimes shows at the seams, with Tandy "cocoa-brown" on one page and "caramel" on another; dialogue drags, and brand names crowd the pages. But the insider authority carries the day. Agent, Suzanne Gluck at William Morris. (July 7) Forecast: Blurbs from E. Lynn Harris and Henry Louis Gates Jr. demonstrate Lee and Anthony's range (and probably range of acquaintances). This should have a strong start out the gate, with plenty of media attention. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"Gotham Diaries is a poignant and deeply moving exploration of love and intimacy, race and class within the African-American community at the dawn of a new century." (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641738340
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/6/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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The flash of the paparazzi's cameras nearly blinded Manny as he andTandy sauntered down the red carpet to the entrance of the Museum of Harlem's annual gala. Manny lived for these events, especially this one, which was the signature African-American social gathering of the year in New York City. Not only was he getting more attention than he had ever received at any fete in the past, but he was with the queen.

'Tandy! Tandy! Over here!' an elderly German photographer Manny recognized from the Daily News hollered out as they headed toward the entrance of the Metropolitan Club, the elegant venue for the gala. Manny marveled at Tandy. She was a pro. She pretended to be preoccupied with trying to reach the front door, but Manny knew better. He could tell she was profiling her face so her best angles were accentuated without appearing to be positioned for the camera. Not that Tandy had a bad angle. Her features were perfect: high chiseled cheekbones; deep-set, almond-shaped brown eyes; caramel skin; jet-black, shoulder-length hair softly layered, framing her heart-shaped face. She could hold her own up against any twenty-year-old debutante. Graceful and elegant in her burgundy one-shoulder, vintage Valentino gown, Tandy glided through the crowd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

    Good rainy day book

    I enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    Not worth the hype

    I've been seeing Crystal McCrary-Anthony a lot on The View lately. The cast always mentions her two novels, Homecourt Advantage and The Gotham Diaries. I read the first book seven years ago and recently re-read it. I enjoyed Homecourt Advantage much more except for all the constant name dropping. The plot and the characters in Gotham Diaries were under-developed and yes, there was a lot of name dropping. It was entertaining and good for passing the time. I hope McCrary's next novel will be better. I am a big fan of hers. She is a classy, African-American sista.

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