Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Four Blondes

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Candace Bushnell
publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre
Short Stories, Romance, Fiction

We gave it an C

Candace Bushnell, the writer who created Carrie and Mr. Big, introduces new scheming in women and unsavory men who will feel awfully familiar to fans of Sex and the City. But a bored Bushnell traipses through the four unrelated stories in Four Blondes hastily, as if her Jimmy Choos were killing her; each blond is simultaneously overcooked and underdone. Grasping Janey judges a potential boyfriend by the quality of his Hamptons summerhouse; smug Winnie manipulates her husband; and drug-addled Cecelia has a protracted nervous breakdown. In the final story, a famous journalist who writes about sex finds romance in London (as has Bushnell) with a man who is ”beautiful in the way that Englishmen can be and Americans never are.” How is that? Readers must simply take her word. C

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