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In this delicious new novel, Tatiana Boncompagni creates a heroine everyone will love...and no one will ever forget.
As Lily Bartholomew navigates kiddie birthday parties starring chart-topping entertainment, society dinner-dances where any woman larger than a size 2 can barely stand to show her Botoxed face, and vacations to exclusive hideaways with the mother-in-law from hell, she constantly wonders, "On what planet have I landed?"
After all, she's just a down-to-earth gal from suburbia who felt as if she'd landed in the middle of a fairy tale when she married Robert. He's handsome, rich, and—best of all—able to make her laugh, and she happily jumped headfirst into his world. But now Robert's lost his job, Lily hasn't lost her pregnancy weight, and their once-golden existence seems suddenly tarnished.
Desperate to regain her self-esteem, Lily begins writing essays about life among the rich and snobbish, which tosses her into the spotlight and in the path of social disaster. But as Lily navigates her way through the shark-infested waters of Manhattan society, she starts to rediscover her own place in the world—and how to regain what truly matters.
Tatiana Boncompagni, author of the novel Gilding Lily, is a Manhattan-based freelancer who has written for The Financial Times Style and Shopping pages, the New York Times Sunday Styles section, the Wall Street Journal Weekend section, Vogue and InStyle. A graduate of Georgetown University's prestigious School of Foreign Service, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels, and, later, as a reporter for the Legal Times in Washington, DC. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
“With crackling humor and spot-on detail, Boncompagni captures the rarified world of New York society—and the juggling act of modern motherhood.”
-Bridie Clark, author of Because She Can
Only a true insider could dish…the way Tatiana Boncompagni has in this smartly written tale…”
-Karen Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Ivy Chronicles
“A fun society read that will keep you intrigued in the rise and fall of its glossy characters.”
-Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes
“Boncompagni has en eye for the comedic aspects of this privileged, insular group...The author’s familiarity with the world she describes allows her to garnish the narrative with tantalizing details, and her protagnoist is likable even at her most dastardly.”
“Rivetingly readable, Gilding Lily gleefully exposes the secret underbelly of socialite life.”
-Holly Peterson, author of The Manny
“A gawker-licious look at life inside the biting world of New York society. Juicy, gossipy, and ultimately redemptive, Guilding Lily is in a league with Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada.”
-Jennifer Coburn, author of The Queen Gene