"She's the goddess of hearth and home, America's millionaire media maven of domesticity, Connecticut's most dazzling hostess, and everything in her world must be perfect - except that Maggie Darling's 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 Businessmen's Lunch Posse is terrorizing the patrons of Manhattan's four-star restaurants. Meanwhile, Maggie's attempt to rescue her old college roommate from Hollywood heartbreak and drug addiction veers toward disaster; Maggie's 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 Hamish's 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?
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December 01, 2007
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