The Little White Car For its first 30 pages, The Little White Car seems like a tediously hip satire of alienated young Parisian girls numbed out on sex, drugs,… The Little White Car For its first 30 pages, The Little White Car seems like a tediously hip satire of alienated young Parisian girls numbed out on sex, drugs,… 2004-09-09 Fiction Canongate
Book Review

The Little White Car (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2004; Writer: Danuta de Rhodes; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Canongate

For its first 30 pages, The Little White Car seems like a tediously hip satire of alienated young Parisian girls numbed out on sex, drugs, and avant-garde rock & roll. Then its heroine realizes she just killed Princess Diana, and suddenly, a larky bit of chick lit becomes a lean, mean hilarity machine. Veronique and her equally vapid pal Estelle flounder through a cover-up attempt (think The Simple Life as a French reality-TV show). Dan Rhodes, author of 2003's superior Timoleon Vieta Come Home, writes under a goofy pseudonym and races the engines on his considerable wit. (Estelle: ''What do men who smoke a lot of dope all have in common?'' Veronique: ''I don't know. Bad hair?'') A meaningless good time, particularly if you picture Paris and Nicole in the leads.

Originally posted Sep 17, 2004 Published in issue #784 Sep 17, 2004 Order article reprints
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