Leah Greenblatt
May 12, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Seven Year Bitch

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Jennifer Belle
publisher
Riverhead
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

The heroines of Jennifer Belle’s wry comic novels often feel like a cockeyed cross between Cosmo girl and Woody Allen muse, and her latest, native Manhattanite Isolde Brilliant, is no different. That Isolde’s also a laid-off hedge fund manager with a troubled marriage, an infant, and a 40th birthday looming makes The Seven Year Bitch sound heavy; it’s not. She flirts with infidelity and navigates satiric set-pieces (fertility-challenged nannies, bad playdate mommies) like a Baby Björn-toting Alice in a kook-?infested urban Wonderland. It doesn’t add up to much, but it’s a fun ride. B

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