Wolves in Chic Clothing

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In The Right Address, Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman seared through the upper crust of New York’s glitterati with wicked glee. In their delicious new novel, WOLVES IN CHIC CLOTHING, they train their merciless spotlight on the young princes and princesses poised to inherit Park Avenue.

Julia, a hip, downtown salesgirl at Pelham’s jewelry store, finds her social life turned on its head when she is asked to deliver a necklace to the store’s young heiress, Lell Pelham, on Lell’s ...

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In The Right Address, Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman seared through the upper crust of New York’s glitterati with wicked glee. In their delicious new novel, WOLVES IN CHIC CLOTHING, they train their merciless spotlight on the young princes and princesses poised to inherit Park Avenue.

Julia, a hip, downtown salesgirl at Pelham’s jewelry store, finds her social life turned on its head when she is asked to deliver a necklace to the store’s young heiress, Lell Pelham, on Lell’s wedding day. Beguiled by Julia’s earnest cluelessness and her vintage-chic vibe, Lell and her gang adopt Julia, and "Eliza Doolittle" her into passing as the heiress to a family fortune, just for a laugh.

Dazed by the whirlwind of trust funds, pedigrees, Cosmopolitans, and penthouses in her new world, Julia is unprepared for the ardent advances of Lell’s husband—or the vicious claws her new "friends" develop when they decide Julia is an ingrate, and demote her from society goddess to penniless cling-on with one well-timed editorial. Suddenly, she must return the borrowed couture clothes and try to remember who she was before the body snatching took place.

Hilarious and completely addictive, WOLVES IN CHIC CLOTHING is a modern-day rags-to-riches-and-back-again fairy tale that will leave fans stamping their Manolo Blahniks for more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Riding on the designer coattails of their The Right Address, this duo-best friends since first grade-lampoon the elite they know and love/loathe with a story that's as buoyantly vapid as their stock characters. This time, the plot involves the junior jet set: a few preening Manhattan princesses decide to remake a fresh-faced girl in their own airbrushed image, Henry Higgins-style. Julia Pearce, a downtown hipster with vintage-chic style and natural beauty, works as a salesgirl in Pelham's Department Store, where she's caught the eye of the Pelham heiress, Lell. Out of winter ennui, Lell and her gaggle of girlfriends decide to take on this "charity case"-who bemusedly welcomes the attention-bestowing upon Julia a promotion, a fake pedigree and an uptown makeover. As she forsakes burgers for salads, thrift stores for Ralph Lauren and joie de vivre for too-cool cattiness, Julia's ascension from day laborer to Pelham power player affords her the chance to pursue her dream of jewelry design. But it also estranges her from longtime friends, puts off her love interest and attracts the advances of Lell's sleazy new husband, Will-predictably wreaking havoc for everyone. The authors intend to mine humor from tossing Julia to the snarks-er, sharks. But this fish-out-of-water story gasps for air, and even the authors' swipes against society feel familiar and bloodless. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When downtown salesgirl Julia delivers a necklace to bride-to-be heiress Lell, she gets made over-and then dumped-by Lell and her uptown harpy friends. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Countergirl gets fab new job at beloved jewelry store, but beware: the richies have claws. Karasyov and Kargman display a frighteningly accurate, up-close and personal account of Manhattan's bloodless blue-blood upper-crust. The girl they're throwing to the wolves is Julia Pearce, from California but now living the fun twentysomething life in the East Village and working the counter at the Tiffany-like Pelham's. When she's summoned to deliver a priceless necklace to a fashion mag photo-shoot for Lell Pelham, daughter of the store's owner-the powers that be don't trust those evil p.r. lackeys not to leak anything to the gossip pages-Julia catches Lell's eye with her effortless fashion sense and smarts about jewelry. In a device so unlikely and manufactured that the authors almost seem embarrassed to include it, Julia is then made their newest project. Before Julia knows it, she's been bumped upstairs to Creative and is getting invited to all the swank benefit events and weekends in the Hamptons that she could ever have dreamed of. But there's trouble brewing in Lell's circle of private-school friends. First, there's Polly, a heartless wench of a control freak who has laser-sighted vision for people's weaknesses and is convinced that she can make Julia into the season's hottest young thing-a girl's got to keep busy, after all. But Julia soon discovers that newlywed Lell is having an affair right under the nose of Will, her husband, whose anger leads him to try to seduce Julia. On the sidelines is Oscar, a sickeningly wealthy Bill Gates type who sees Julia as so much more authentic than all these other boring swells and who just may be her knight in rumpled chinos. Karasyov and Kargmanlather the pages with the designer goods and trends that keep these ADD socialites going, but don't try to invest any of it with too much importance. An airy souffle that, to its credit, never overreaches. Author tour
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Praise for The Right Address

“It’s impossible to resist the charms of this modern Manhattan fairy tale.” — People

“The right address for fun.” — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Offers playful insight into a world … as catty as it is rarefied.” — Vogue

“… [Karasyov and Kargman] have fashioned an amusing ride out of the rituals and scandals, the big fake smiles and big real jewels, of the world in which they grew up.”
W Magazine

“A winning novel … If you love society, scandal, and stories about the rich and the richer, look no further.” — Bookreporter.com

“Succinct and snappy dialogue carry Melanie’s voyage through the social circles’ customary verbal skewering, dirt-dishing, and mud-throwing … The drama starts as the rich and famous are caught in acts of plagiarism, adultery, theft, and murder.” — The Deseret Morning News

“Somewhere between Candace Bushnell and Danielle Steel...Getting the latest LV bag is hard.  Scoring a wealthy widower and his Park Avenue penthouse is harder.  The story of Melanie Sartomsky, stewardess turned socialite, who realizes her Upper East Side Barbie Dream House is (sniff) not everything she dreamed it would be.  Add catty, fatty socialites, delinquent but stylish co-eds, and heaps of financial debt.  Mix well and chill.” — Fashion Week Daily

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739317433
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

CARRIE KARASYOV and JILL KARGMAN both grew up on Manhattan's Upper East Side, where Jill now resides with her husband and daughter, while Carrie lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband and two sons.
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chapter 1

Manhattan was in a tailspin. Literally. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was in town, and if that didn't clog up midtown's grid of streets enough, it was also Fashion Week. There were bitches everywhere.

The sales floor at Pelham's, the venerable hundred-year-old jewelry store, was packed, and the grand revolving doors were glutted with browsing tourists. Lovers were making last-minute Valentine's Day purchases, and stylists were running in to borrow or return glittering gems for models on the various flashbulb-lined runways of Bryant Park.

A Pelham's trademark little sage-colored box was being nimbly tied with a chocolate brown signature satin ribbon, when the expert fingers were interrupted.

"Julia--we need you." Gisele Beauvoir, Pelham's director of public relations, had unexpectedly materialized, her tone laced with the pulse-pounding gravity of a Defcon One code red alert. "It's an emergency."

Julia's sassy associate (and roommate) Douglas took over the wrapping of an engagement ring for a nervous fiance-to-be. "I got this, honey--don't worry."

Julia shot him a look that was part thank you and part what do you think this could be about? In response, he smiled and shrugged.

"Girl, you look fierce in that skirt," he whispered as she smoothed her pleats to head up to Corporate. "Baby got back in that. And it works."

"Baby got backyard," she sighed, nervously.

"Please. You're the most stylish, knockout girl in this whole damn town."

"Thanks, dude. See you later." She straightened her blouse and went to the staff staircase. What the hell was this all about? Was she about to be fired? Was it because of that man who returned the necklace after she'd convinced him it was perfect for his wife? It wasn't her fault, the guy really liked it, or so he said. It was his wife who said it emphasized the elephant-sized lines on her neck. Or was it because she was unable to understand the Russian tourists? What had she done? She needed this job, dammit. Just as things were starting to come together. . . . Well, what could she do? Julia took a deep breath and continued up the stairs.

On the sixth floor, Julia pushed through the carved mahogany double doors leading into the PR conference room, where seven people were pacing in a state of sheer panic. Fourteen sharp Manolo Blahnik stiletto heels were grinding into the beige Stark carpet. The tension was palpable. Suddenly the room went quiet and the crowd parted to make way for Gisele, who was cradling a small velvet box in her perfectly manicured hands and walking toward Julia.

"Julia--here it is. Move over Queen Lizzie's crown jewels--this is one of the largest gems in the Pelham's archives: an antique seventy-carat diamond and emerald necklace from our Van Braques salon," pronounced Gisele. "You must leave immediately. You'll be accompanied by four armed guards."

"To . . . where?"

"Hello? Lell Pelham's bridal suite! At the Waldorf."

"It's only the wedding of the millennium," chirped another PR lackey.

"Oh. Okay. Should I go now?"

"Yes! We have to rush it over this second!" snapped Gisele. "Vogue's photographer is already there setting up lighting, and Ms. Pelham's assistant just called to say she changed her mind and wants to wear this piece instead of the Schlumstein deco necklace. Naturally we had...

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    As Delicious as a Banana Split Oozing w/ Hot Fudge, Caramel & Butterscotch!

    Wolves in Chic Clothing is as delicious as a banana split oozing w/ hot fudge, caramel & butterscotch!

    Forget Chick Lit, I'm talking juicy Gossip Lit. Yum! Dig in!

    Set against the glittering backdrop of New York City, Karasyov & Kargman co-author a tale dripping w/ wicked goodness.

    Welcome to the lush, decadent society sphere that few live but many dream of making it their own.

    Ahhh, the glitz & glamour of the beautiful people, wrapped in ravishing clothes, dining @ extravagant restaurants, shopping @ posh boutiques & living the moneyed life. *Sigh*.

    Wolves in Chic Clothing's irresistible Julia goes from ingénue to trendsetting sweetheart unexpectedly.

    Genteel Lell Pelham, heiress of Pelham's, leader of the highbred hyenas is about to stroll down the aisle.


    Yes, polished Lell has landed the "perfect chap" in Willoughby Banks, a man w/wandering eyeballs, a passion for Lell's assets & the determination to ingratiate himself into the blue blood realm.

    The rest of the players have interesting stories that Karasyov & Kargman showcase smoothly.

    Subsequently, Julia realizes that the opulent life of the Big Apple's blooming aristocracy isn't as amazing as it appears.

    Karasyov & Kargman do such an outstanding job w/ narration, you will find yourself not only yearning to live the life of the well-heeled but living it as you turn each scrumptious page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    I was disappointed

    I enjoy reading chicklit books, but I have to say, this was pretty disappointing. I felt like the authors forgot who the main character was and that the secondary characters were taking over the story. If they wanted to write about Lell and Polly and Hope, they should get their own story I think. I just felt like I didn't even know Julia that well, the "main character". Didn't really care for the way Julia acted towards Lell's husband either. She should have known that was a mistake waiting to happen. Would have preferred if Oscar had played a bigger role in the story. The only reason I gave this book two stars was because I didn't hate it enough to not finish it at all. I kept hoping it would get better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

    Give It A Chance

    If you can get past the absolutely ridiculous and cliche dialoge, this is actually a pretty good book. Yes, the plot is as old as they come but for some reason, I still got hooked. It's a great light read, a weekend or beach book when you're just looking for some mindless entertainment. I liken it to a silly movie on Lifetime...yeah, it's dumb and trite but we still watch, no? Give it a chance. These authors tell a great story, but need to show some creativity with dialoge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2006

    so fun!

    a great beach read. buy it today! its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2006

    To compare it to 'The Devil Wears Prada' is an insult.

    After reading 'The Devil Wears Prada' last summer, I discovered that while the characters in the book are the antithesis of who I am, it makes for some juicy, can't-put-it-down reading. I purchased this book under the pretenses that it was similar. While it made for an easy read, the plot was flimsy, the characters were over the top, there was no real plot resolution (it was sloppily tied up in the last 10 pages or so), and don't even get me started on the number of spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors. Lines such as ¿`I agree¿, he agreed.¿ would almost fool me into thinking this book was written by a high school freshman. That notion is quickly quashed however when the vocabulary used by the (supposedly) 20-something characters includes ¿rockin robin¿ to describe a piece of jewelry that is cool, or hip. I mean seriously, has anyone used that phrase in the last 20 years? I eventually began to laugh out loud at the absurdity of the writing. An example being the ruggedly handsome Willoughby Banks staring longingly at what was supposed to be (but inevitably wasn¿t) the story¿s heroine, Julia Pearce. Trying to focus on his newspaper, ¿¿the Dow Jones Industrial wasn¿t the only thing that was rising¿¿ I mean COME ON! Normally, I would sum this up to just your average piece of entertainment, trying to piggyback off of the success of other shows, pieces of literature, etc. (i.e. Candace Bushnell and Lauren Weisberger). However I paid $17 for this poorly written copycat, and I would recommend that no one else do the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Chicklit Comedy

    For all those dreams of the how others live, here is an answer you can live with. Not only do the 'ordinary' survive, they can triumph as well. Enjoyable,quick and a good change of pace from more serious fare. If you are not sure what 'chicklit' is or if you care for it, try this one. It is just the right about of glitz, glamour, snobishness and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    Great light read

    I didn't know what to expect from this book since I hated The Right Address. But this book was great, very entertaining, and a light, quick read. It had the right mix of plot and designer labels, unlike Right Address which was no plot, just designer labels. I highly recommend Wolves....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2005

    GREAT READ!!!!

    This book was a really great, quick read. very funny and entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2005

    Fun and a quick read!

    I loved this book! It was easy to get into and I couldn't put it down once I started! It was chock full of tongue-in-cheek humor (such as the 'absurd causes' mentioned by another reviewer -- they were supposed to be silly!) and jokes at the expense of the selfish, spoiled and completely self-absorbed people the book targets in it's title. Anyone who has experienced the 'Mean Girl' phenomenon exhibited by so many women and cliques in today's society will understand the ring of truth behind the fiction. Plus, the ending is quite rewarding! I would definatly reccomend this book for a beach read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    Chick Lit Ride

    Smart. quick and funny. Just the escape from the bleak headlines of the papers and TV. Pure fun with a good and bad side to choose between. The story is crisp,but has been told before. It is just the tonic for a Spring weekend with dreary skies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005

    rediculisly boring

    This book was by far PAINFULLY boring!! i am so disappontied..after 167 pages out of 264 I had to put it down..i have never done that..it was completly pointless..i cannot believe it was published!I usually find good in most books but this was so dumb..no point but descriptions of rich clothes and vavatcions and BORING charity functions...(not that i am agaginst charity) but they were ubsurd causes...please don't waste you time or hard earned money on this book..i have piles i wanna read and i wasted so much time on this foolish book. i was skimming it by 120pages b/c it was SO boring.. enough said...people mag picked this as a great summer read..you are better off watching the waves roll in...much more intresting...

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