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A bequest of seven million dollars and a Great Gatsby-like mansion on Long Island spells trouble for New York literary agent Harriet Braintree's relationship with her stockbroker boyfriend, Dean, until fortune intervenes once again
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Paetro's third (following Babydreams, 1989, and Manshare, 1986) is a larkish tidbit that goes nicely with pi¤a coladas and beach umbrellas--a trendy fantasy for the sorts of girls who invariably give their hearts to altar-shy guys. Harriet Braintree is a New York City literary agent with a cute apartment in the Village, lots of fun friends, and Dean--a handsome Wall Street investment broker who's been the light of her life for two years. Clearly, she's got marriage on her mind, but he's a tangle of modern male confusions, including the requisite Oedipal complex, dyslexia, career inadequacies (since handling his rich dad's portfolio is the only reason he's kept on at his brokerage house), and some big doubts about Harrie. Things only get worse between them when Harrie's dear old neighbor, Mr. Tuckman, dies, leaving her a pink elephant Long Island mansion called Blackfern and a couple million to restore it with. The pressure of handling her dough drives Dean over the edge, sending him into svelte Laura Taft's bed, though Harrie retaliates by shacking up with her architect, Roger Mayhew. Alas, Roger turns out to be just as incapable of commitment as Dean, but in the time it takes Harrie to find it out, Dean turns over a new leaf. And before you can say ``I do,'' Dean's banging on Harrie's door with 200 roses and a connubial gleam in his eyes. It's all utterly predictable, but neatly poised between flippancy and sentiment: a smooth, wish-fulfilling ride for thirtysomething-ish females. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Such problems we should all have! is the thought that keeps recurring as one reads this richly detailed but uninvolving look at an upscale Manhattan couple. Harriet is a literary agent who inherits $7 million and a run-down castle on Long Island. Dean is a Wall Street stockbroker struggling to emerge from the shadow of his father's success. They've been dating for two years, and Harriet is ready for the nuptials. Dean's a nice guy who genuinely loves her, but he thinks Harriet is too middle-class for his WASP family and high-powered career. So although she hopes the renovation of her castle will climax with their wedding, the two grow estranged. Harriet's oft-mentioned quirky charm seems limited to her thrift-store taste in clothes and decor. And Dean is one of those men, draped in expensive suits and swanky suspenders, who cares deeply about leading his team to victory at the annual office ladder-toss contest. Paetro ( Babydreams ) lavishes attention on the surface of her characters without stinting on their interior lives; Harriet and Dean are reasonably appealing people. Even so, it's hard to sustain interest in a novel devoted to their tribulations.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110671690280
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