Books by Valerie Frankel

Valerie Frankel is the author of eight novels, most recently The Not-So-Perfect Man, The Accidental Virgin, and Smart vs. Pretty. A longtime editor and former sex columnist for Mademoiselle, Valerie has written extensively for major publications, includin


FOUR OF A KIND by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2012

To form the new PTA diversity committee at her sons' elite Brooklyn Heights private school, blond yummy-mummy Bess chooses three other mothers as different from herself as possible. There's Carla, an African-American pediatrician who, with her manipulative husband Claude, is struggling to afford the high tuition that will keep their sons from slipping out of the middle class. Robin, who lives off her inheritance, was once obese. Slim post-stomach-staple, she's looking on in horror as daughter Stephanie, conceived in a one-night stand with a suspected "chubby-chaser," must wear a size 14 at age 10. Advertising copywriter Alicia, whose son Joe was born after a long struggle with infertility, is going through a sexual dry spell: Her husband Tim, a stay-at-home dad, seems to have lost all conjugal interest. The first meeting of these four takes an unexpected turn: Bess announces they will play Texas Hold 'Em, but, in deference to the bad economy, the stakes will be not money but secrets. She herself reveals the hidden flaws in her outwardly perfect life: Unlike Tim, Bess' Wall Street insider husband Borden is oversexed. Her mother, Simone, a second-wave feminist icon, is trying to drive a wedge between Bess and teenage daughter Amy. As the poker nights progress, diversity in the politically correct sense is never discussed: instead the women find that their new connection is more and more crucial as each faces turning points, including Claude's impending job loss, Alicia's affair with a younger colleague, the unexpected reappearance of Robin's chubby-chaser in her and Stephanie's lives, Amy's increasing slovenliness and declaration of lesbian leanings and Borden's depression following his father's death. Although the closing empowerment scenarios are a bit pat, the poker conceit is an artful framing device, and the four women and their dilemmas are portrayed with Frankel's trademark witty empathy. Read full book review >
IT'S HARD NOT TO HATE YOU by Valerie Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"With humor, Frankel shrewdly probes her darkly shallow places."
Prolific chick-lit novelist and funny girl Frankel (Thin Is the New Happy: A Memoir, 2008, etc.) dishes about what there is to love about hatred. Read full book review >
THIN IS THE NEW HAPPY by Valerie Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A self-aware, witty exploration of a woman's body issues."
Novelist and self-help journalist Frankel (I Take This Man, 2007, etc.) chronicles her 30-year addiction to dieting and subsequent "journey out of the waistland." Read full book review >
HEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"Disappointing."
Single girl with supernatural powers tries to bewitch Mr. Right. Read full book review >
THE NOT-SO-PERFECT MAN by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Strained effort from Frankel, written soon after the untimely death of her own husband. Sadly, it shows."
Intersecting lives, lonely New Yorkers. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL VIRGIN by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2003

"Amusing farce, with pearls of urban wisdom and some great zingers, by the author of, among others, Sweet vs. Pretty (not reviewed)."
Hymeneal high-jinks via a former Mademoiselle editor and self-help co-author.Read full book review >