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The Overnight Socialite
     

The Overnight Socialite

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by Bridie Clark
 

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A destined perennial in paperback, here is the media’s favorite modern retelling of the beloved classic My Fair Lady, hailed by Vogue as “a distinguished froth of rich social satire and romance.”

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A destined perennial in paperback, here is the media’s favorite modern retelling of the beloved classic My Fair Lady, hailed by Vogue as “a distinguished froth of rich social satire and romance.”

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Clark (Because She Can) moves the Pygmalion myth to Manhattan, adds a dash of Thelma and Louise and proves what goes around, comes around to those born to the manor or trailer park. Professor Higgins is recast as suave bachelor Wyatt Hayes IV, “the sleekest lion in the pride,” who picks down-on-her-luck fashion designer wannabe Lucy Jo Ellis to make over into the toast of the town. The deal is eventually struck—makeover and a shot at well-born fashion contacts for a gentleman's bet that masks a lucrative and career-saving book deal. Along the way, these perfectly matched antagonists battle mean-as-a-snake society snoots and their own misguided ambitions to find happiness and each other. (And, it should be said, the “Rain in Spain” remix is pretty great: “The snow in Gstaad puts Aspen's to shame!” the newly svelte and prepped Lucy proclaims.) Yes, of course the ending's no surprise, but the rollicking, smart-aleck fun along the way is worth the price of admission. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Wyatt Hayes IV is independently wealthy, has a Harvard Ph.D., and enjoys a life of leisure and luxury in Manhattan. We meet him at an elite social event where he breaks up with his beautiful, shallow girlfriend. Lucy Jo Ellis is a mousy Midwestern transplant whose dreams of becoming a fashion designer collide with a reality of bad jobs and no lucky breaks. On the same night as Wyatt's humiliating breakup, Lucy attends a fashion event, thinking that she's been invited to network but learning upon arrival that she is expected to serve hors d'oeuvres. Spotting a drenched and sneezing Lucy on the street later that evening, Wyatt bets his best friend that he can transform any woman into society's "It" girl and joins forces with an initially reluctant Lucy to upstage the New York elite. VERDICT Clark's debut Because She Can did for publishing what The Devil Wears Prada did for fashion. She scores again with this retelling of the Pygmalion story, which features crisp, funny prose and endearing characters. A fun read for fans of well-written chick lit.—Beth Lindsay, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman
Kirkus Reviews
Contemporary retelling of Pygmalion set among the cutthroat Social Register crowd. Poor Wyatt Hayes: It's so boring when you have it all! The Manhattan blueblood has led a life of aimless leisure since obtaining his Harvard doctorate in anthropology more than ten years ago. His insufferable girlfriend Cornelia Rockman is a pedigreed socialite with the opportunistic instincts of a vulture. When she "trades up" to have her photo taken at a party with the 20-ish son of a private-equity billionaire, 37-year-old Wyatt senses "a terrifying shift in the natural order." He dumps Cornelia on the spot and drunkenly vows to his friend Trip that he could take any girl off the street and turn her into a socialite. Enter Lucy Jo Ellis, just fired from her job in the garment district and now dodging the rain under an awning next to Wyatt. A deal is struck, and Midwestern Lucy Jo is transformed via diet, exercise with a personal trainer, facials, new hairstyle and designer clothes, as well as extensive lessons in elocution, vacation geography, the social register, the art of inoffensive cocktail banter and a CliffNotes version of culture. Wyatt has given her a fake identity (same name, different life) with the promise that after his experiment Lucy will have made enough important contacts to start her own design house. Meanwhile, Cornelia vows revenge on the usurper who has replaced her in Wyatt's heart and on the social circuit; Trip and his longtime girlfriend Eloise have commitment issues; and Cornelia's BFF Fernanda may decide to marry for love-can you imagine? Clark (Because She Can, 2007) has a keen eye, but the vacuous life of the super-rich is an easy target. That leaves the novel riding on thebudding romance between Lucy and not-entirely-likable Wyatt. Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins they ain't. Begins with a fresh, funny eye, but runs out of steam halfway to its foregone conclusion.
From the Publisher
Graydon Carter
“Quite enchanting...It’s Pygmalion in Lilly Pulitzer.”

William Norwich, Vogue
“If Edith Wharton reincarnated in a Marc Jacobs dress with the humor of a Park Avenue Nancy Mitford, that would be Bridie Clark. Hats off to The Overnight Socialite, a distinguished froth of rich social satire and romance.”

Publishers Weekly
“The rollicking, smart-aleck fun along the way is worth the price of admission.”

Jules Asner, author of Whacked
“Bridie Clark made me laugh out loud from the first chapter in this sharp and pitch perfect modern fairy tale.”

Library Journal
“Crisp, funny prose and endearing characters...a fun read for fans of well-written chick lit.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602861282
Publisher:
Weinstein Books
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.81(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Graydon Carter
“Quite enchanting...It’s Pygmalion in Lilly Pulitzer.”

William Norwich, Vogue
“If Edith Wharton reincarnated in a Marc Jacobs dress with the humor of a Park Avenue Nancy Mitford, that would be Bridie Clark. Hats off to The Overnight Socialite, a distinguished froth of rich social satire and romance.”

Publishers Weekly
“The rollicking, smart-aleck fun along the way is worth the price of admission.”

Jules Asner, author of Whacked
“Bridie Clark made me laugh out loud from the first chapter in this sharp and pitch perfect modern fairy tale.”

Library Journal
“Crisp, funny prose and endearing characters...a fun read for fans of well-written chick lit.”

Meet the Author

Bridie Clark, a former book and magazine editor, graduated from Harvard University, where she was an editor of The Harvard Crimson. She has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, New York, Quest, and Elegant Bride. Clark’s debut novel, Because She Can, about a beleaguered young book editor who works for a notoriously tyrannical female publisher, was published in nineteen countries around the world. Clark lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

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The Overnight Socialite 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am still not sure why authors like to write a good story and end it on a semi sweet note. I liked the book, but did not like the last five pages.
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Slim20 More than 1 year ago
It was good. It was your typical poor girl-meets-rich-guy-he-transforms-her-and-they-fall-in-love. I only wish that it hadn't ended so abruptly. It needed a few more chapters in order to explain what happened to everyone. The ending felt like the author didn't know how it should end. Way to quick of an ending. Otherwise I liked it a lot.
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LesliePR More than 1 year ago
I try to save my NookBooks for the tread mill, but this was SO good, i had to finish it OFF the treadmill. Fab fun reading!!!!
Glenda Mitchell More than 1 year ago
a wonderful take on My Fair Lady... i want a follow up
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Boek More than 1 year ago
Overall, I was a little disappointed, since I expected more out of Ms. Clark given her credentials, but also makes me think she herself had social contacts that helped get the book published. Anyway, this was a nice fun easy read, but I was a little disappointed that the ending didn't have more and the descriptive prose could have been so much better. Clark could've really used a thesaurus since she used many of the same adjectives in describing the fashions, which was a let down. It's a great concept, but the execution was definitely lacking. If you don't know anything about haute couture and designers it would be a little difficult to visualize.