Elements of Style

Elements of Style

by Wendy Wasserstein
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Elements of Style by Wendy Wasserstein

Elements of Style, the Pulitzer Prize—winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s first novel, is a scathing comedy about New York's high society facing the post—9/11 world. Francesca Weissman, an Upper East Side pediatrician rated number one by Manhattan magazine, floats on the fringes of the upper strata of privilege and aspiration. Through her bemused eyes we meet the thoroughbred socialite Samantha Acton; relentless social climber Judy Tremont; Barry Santorini, an Oscar-winning moviemaker accustomed to having his way; his supermarket heiress wife, Clarice; and more, tossed together in a frothy stew of outrageous conspicuous consumption and adulterous affairs that play out on Page Six. But when Wasserstein’s madcap tour of the social lives and mores of twenty-first-century Manhattan veers into tragedy, we finally see the true cost of her characters’ choices, and the beating heart of this dazzling novel.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307265548
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2006
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 754,905
File size: 423 KB

About the Author

Wendy Wasserstein is the author of the the plays Uncommon Women and Others, Isn’t It Romantic, The Sisters Rosensweig, An American Daughter, and The Heidi Chronicles, for which she received a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and of the books, Bachelor Girls and Shiksa Goddess. She was admired both for the warmth and the satirical cool of her writing; each of her plays and books captures an essence of the time, makes us laugh and leaves us wiser. Wendy Wasserstein was born in 1950 in Brooklyn and died at the age of 55. Her daughter, Lucy Jane, lives in New York.

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Elements of Style 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Finally a real book! Describing upper east side as is - realistic charecters. Didnt want the book to end, what a great read. You will see what money do to peope and what they dont. You experience that workoholic lonely woman and a vain woman chasing chanel as a hoal in life. The best part - all charectars are real! If u live in nyc u prob now one of them! Eye opening book on the UES - it makes u think about u and who u are. The book makes u rethink things. Great read! Can see reading again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone please explain to me why this book should be considered any better than, say, Candace Bushnell. It's a light diversion, but this is NOT a good novel by any standard.
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PattiCakes More than 1 year ago
A fast ,fun book that I didn't want to put down... but I didn't want to finish either!!! Enjoy!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes a thoughtful look at post 911 New York from the point of view of Upper East-Siders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was great to read on a lazy day. i read it quick so i didnt get bored of it either!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately Ms.Wasserstein resorts to the tired and all too common placement of the 'new' interchangeable bad 'white guy' as a disgusting,classless Italian American movie producer. 'Insert greasy unscrupulous white man...' How about an Italian white guy pizza grease on his shirt! Perfect...Spike Lee does it all the time. Boring
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps you just have to be a New Yorker to really appreciate this book though I think you could apply the personalities of Ms. Wassterstein's characters to people in any city. It was a very easy read, but quite predictable for the most part I thought. I was amazed that in a circle of people in NY immidiately post 9/11 there was no mention of any loss in the terrorist attacks. Not that I would have wanted her to dwell on that, but there were 8 or 9 central characters and no mention of a loss at all? Seemed too unrealistic. As I said, if you're looking for fluff, this is it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awful book...devoid of any meaning that I might have hoped to find in a post 9/11 NY...maybe the authors intent? which is wonderful for artistic purposes -- but for pleasure reading. NO WAY. The characters are overly simplistic and one dimensional and the resolution is completely depressing rewarding the least likeable characters who show no discipline - just complete self absorbation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The satire was amazing and unlike the Kirkus reviewer I believed I knew all the characters! Their shallow lives were hilarious and made me glad I never tried to make the list of the Beautiful People, but I did report for W so know the truth is what Wendy captured in her satiric title.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Not long after 9/11 much of Manhattan remains in shock and horror from the mass destruction. Still life goes on especially for those wealthy Upper East Side residents. Pediatrician Francesca 'Frankie' Weissman, Manhattan magazine numero uno doctor in the neighborhood, sees that first hand as her affluent clients visit her wearing Manolo with infants out of a fashion magazine. Even the gas masks are designer label.------ As she services the babies of wealthy blue-blood Samantha Acton, Californian Judy Tremont and movie giant Barry Santorini, all share in common the belief that with money comes life as if 9/11 is an aberration or even a fantasy. As Frankie dates the icons of wealth, she see one of these rich guys as her ticket to Manolo and with it the ability to ignore suicide bombers and ground zero and sacrificing on the war on terrorism by supporting the economy through hedonistic spending.-------- Renowned playwright Wendy Wasserstein recently passed away, but her final work, her first novel, is a fitting tribute as the book is a terrific look at the upper crust of New York just after 9/11. Except for the air pollution, life remains the same as wealth enables the support crust to hide from the ugliness or at least pretend that the world remains the same as it was before the towers came down. Frankie is an interesting protagonist who desperately wants the same lifestyle of her patients as she ignores the trappings of being a card (credit that is) carrying member of the affluent. It is sort of like living in Sodom and Gomorrah with Babel collapsing nearby as life goes on in the big city as long as you do it within the accepted ELEMENTS OF STYLE.------ Harriet Klausner