After her youngest son graduated from high school, Krantz began working on a novel, writing six-and-a-half hours a day, five days a week. After nine months Scruples was completed. "I truly enjoy writing, " the author revealed to Jill Gerston of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "If I didn't, I could never close myself in my room for almost a year." Krantz then asked family friend and lawyer Morton L. Janklow to read the manuscript. Janklow said he knew immediately that Scruples was destined to be a bestseller, and he agreed to serve as Krantz's literary agent. Although Scruples was at first rejected by an editor at Simon & Schuster, Crown Publishers eventually purchased the hardcover rights and released it in March of 1978. Four months later the novel became the number one bestseller, according to the New York Times, and remained on its bestseller list for almost one year.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Picking up on Oscar night, where Krantz's 1977 blockbuster first novel left off, this sequel is long on background filler, short on suspense, rarely exciting or even steamy. Wealthy and gorgeous Billy Ikehorn has a secret, but when her movie producer husband Vito Orsini's never-before-mentioned teenage daughter shows up, Billy's secret, and her marriage, become irrelevant. She mothers Gigi, starting her off, naturally, with an expensive new haircut and wardrobe. Meanwhile, Billy's Beverly Hills-based designer clothes store, Scruples, is so successful she opens new branches. Then a tragedy involving her key staff sends the distraught Billy fleeing to Paris, where she has an affair with a sculptor. Gigi moves to New York, lives with lingerie model Sasha (the ``Great Slut'') Nevsky, and falls for Sasha's brother Zach. Ultimately, Billy realizes that having scads of money doesn't buy happiness (though it does make it possible to dine in five-star restaurants, live in groovy houses, wear fabulous clothes, stay forever young-looking, and finance your own business venture to design less expensive clothes for average-income folks--``Scruples Two''). Perhaps in ``Scruples Three'' Billy will donate excess clothing to the homeless. 500,000 first printing; $500,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection. ( June )
School Library Journal
ea. vol: 12p. (Coleccion Palabras Series). (Madrid: Susaeta Ediciones, 1984). series ISBN 84-305-1385-X. $3. PreS-Gr 1 Nine board books that are characterized by simple, clear color illustrations of common animals, objects and words. The selection of items familiar to young children makes this series especially useful for preschoolers.
Krantz gives fans another dizzying spin around the glitter world of high fashion, hot sex, and Hollywood, picking up in 1978 with a pregnant Billy Ikehorn (of Scruples, 1977) the night after her new husband, Italian producer Vito Orsini, wins the Oscar (but, of course). Billy's marital bliss lasts a nanosecond before Vito cheats, she miscarries, they divorce, and Billy once again is glamorously jet-setting to New York, Hong Kong, Paris, wherever, opening namesakes of her famous boutique worldwide. We're reacquainted with the old gang, especially partners Spider Elliot and Valentine O'Neill, as Krantz interweaves their lives with those of Billy's new and ever widening circle, which now places her teenage stepdaughter Gigi (from her marriage to Vito) right in the center and ripe for picking. Billy continues to pour her passionate energy into projectsher stores, Gigi, a mansion, and a double life with sculptor Sam Jamison in Paris, andultimatelya mail-order boutique called Scruples Two. Meanwhile, tragedies strike, loves are won and lost, loyalties betrayed, backs bitten, and sexalways hot and sometimes kinkyis had by almost all. Krantz's all-knowing narrator, the quintessential gossip mogul who has the goods on everyone, knowing each inside out, dishes it out with such relish and appeal that it's hard not to be hooked from beginning to end, even when the designer and dominatrix references begin to grow stale. Pure, delicious fun. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for August)
From the Publisher
"Judith Krantz writes with obvious authority."John Barkham Reviews
"Under Krantz's fingers, real life has a way of becoming mysterious, glamorous, legendary, sequined."Vogue.