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The First Wives Club

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Olivia Goldsmith
I would plug it, but is this out of print?! Amazon has this movie tie-in thing…
Rating: Nrrgh.
Read: August 05

Honestly, honey, if you only ever see the movie with Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, you’ll be ok. No, really. This book was… very… 80s? Clawd knows I abhor the 80s, but this was really very bland and a tch crass. Not nearly as sophisticated as I thought it would be. It’s the Sex & the City phenomena- how the hell did they manage to pull THAT out of THAT?

You know the story. Three ‘first wives’ of men who got rich and spoiled under their care divorce them to enjoy the spoils with younger, hotter barely legals. The women get even. Maybe it has to do with the fact that my copy was uber-dusty from sitting in the library for a decade, but I just couldn’t get into it. The ‘fat one’ is all bark but only bites food, the ‘sensitive one’ really just needs to let go of her disabled daughter who is ready to go to a special home, and the ‘movie star’ kinda brought this on herself, no? I really, really liked the movie, but this left me cold.

Except for one part. Elise, the star, finds herself drawn to a young photographer who is enamored with her early works… and falls in love with the real woman who winds up in his bed. THAT was worth it.

But the rest? Meh. Go rent it.


Written by Shen

December 29, 2005 at 1:22 am

Posted in blah, contemporary

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