"Shrill, labored, and boring. Unless this is actually Smith's first novel, it's a disappointing step backward."
The follow-up to Smith's smashing debut success (White Teeth
, 2000, film rights recently sold to Miramax) is an uneasy mix of Sunset Boulevard
, J.P. Donleavy's The Ginger Man
, and James McCourt's fey romantic comedies about dementedly self-absorbed beautiful people.
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