|About the Book|
Shes the goddess of hearth and home, Americas millionaire media maven of domesticity, Connecticuts most dazzling hostess, and everything in her world must be perfect - except that Maggie Darlings picture-book life has suddenly gone off theMoreShes the goddess of hearth and home, Americas millionaire media maven of domesticity, Connecticuts most dazzling hostess, and everything in her world must be perfect - except that Maggie Darlings picture-book life has suddenly gone off the rails. Amid the extravagant trappings of a Christmas Eve bash for two hundred, she spies swinish stockbroker husband Kenneth slipping out of a powder room moments after his creamy young office colleague Laura Wilkie. He is, shall we say, not forgiven. Matrimonial meltdown launches Maggie on a year of romance and misadventure, including a fling with British rock star turned movie actor Frederick Swann, who is filming a vampire movie in Venice for the Hungarian megalomaniac director Franz Tesla. When Swann dismayingly takes to calling her Mum in the boudoir, Maggie senses trouble. Back home, a sniper on the loose along the Merritt Parkway and a gang known as the Businessmens Lunch Posse is terrorizing the patrons of Manhattans four-star restaurants. Meanwhile, Maggies attempt to rescue her old college roommate from Hollywood heartbreak and drug addiction veers toward disaster- Maggies son, Hooper, drops out of college and falls into the company of the sinister gangsta rap group Chill Az Def- a retreat to her dashing editor Harold Hamishs Vermont cabin turns into a seduction fiasco. And famous friends literally lose their heads on Central Park West. As calamity piles on catastrophe can Maggie brilliantly resolve the collapse of civilization as we wish we knew it?