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Uppercrust New York Fiction

Louis Auchincloss
Her Infinite Variety
Follow the life and loves of Clara Hoyt from the 1930s to the 1950s as she makes use of her charm and determination to chart her way from the haunts of New York's wealthy aristocracy to the boardrooms of the publishing world.
 
J.P. Donleavy
The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms: The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever to be Rumored About Around New York
Forty two year old Jocelyn Guenevere Machantiere, recently single after her husband leaves her for a 22-year-old, finds herself with no money, no family, and no friends and soon spends much of her time wandering the city intent on finding the cleanest public restrooms.
 
Dominick Dunne
People Like Us
Socialite Justine Altemus's engagement to playboy TV anchorman Bernie Slatkin causes a stir among the social elite, while Gus Bailey, the confidant of New York society, inadvertently thwarts a social explosion.
 
Amy Ephron
A Cup of Tea
New York City 1917. Well-to-do Rosemary Fell offers indigent Eleanor Smith shelter from the rain, a sympathetic ear, and a cup of tea. Rosemary's fiancé, Philip Alsop arrives just before Eleanor leaves and they exchange a look, which ignites into an illicit affair.
 
Jane Stanton Hitchcock
Social Crimes
Jo Slater, socialite extraordinaire, quickly descends the ladder of the social elite when her husband mysteriously dies and leaves his entire fortune to a vindictive French countess. Not one to surrender gracefully to the whims of the Countess, Jo retaliates and concocts a precarious plan of fraud and murder.
 
Benilde Little
Acting Out
When her husband walks out on her and their three children, Ina West finds her world slowly collapsing around her as she is faced with tragedy, loss, financial hardship and her husband's blatant infidelities.
 
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The Nanny Diaries
College student Nan wanted a 12-hour-a-week gig, but soon finds herself working triple-overtime as the stand in parent to four-year-old Grayer X, the assistant to Mr. X's mistress, and the overall servant to Mrs. X.
 
Catherine M. Rae
Sunlight on a Broken Column
In 1892, the wealthy Slade parents die in an accident leaving their three children with no financial support. Each child must find a new means of financial security, and not all of them are prepared for the consequences of their choices.
 
Plum Sykes
Bergdorf Blondes
A very wealthy and very spoiled young woman living in New York searches for the meaning of life while coping with her broken engagement and telephone calls from her mother in England pressuring her to marry the Earl next door.
 

Updated:07/22/2009