SCRUPLES TWO by Judith Krantz


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 Krantz gives fans another dizzying spin around the glitter world of high fashion, hot sex, and Hollywood, picking up in 1978 with a pregnant Billy Ikehorn (of Scruples, 1977) the night after her new husband, Italian producer Vito Orsini, wins the Oscar (but, of course). Billy's marital bliss lasts a nanosecond before Vito cheats, she miscarries, they divorce, and Billy once again is glamorously jet-setting to New York, Hong Kong, Paris, wherever, opening namesakes of her famous boutique worldwide. We're reacquainted with the old gang, especially partners Spider Elliot and Valentine O'Neill, as Krantz interweaves their lives with those of Billy's new and ever widening circle, which now places her teenage stepdaughter Gigi (from her marriage to Vito) right in the center and ripe for picking. Billy continues to pour her passionate energy into projects--her stores, Gigi, a mansion, and a double life with sculptor Sam Jamison in Paris, and--ultimately--a mail-order boutique called Scruples Two. Meanwhile, tragedies strike, loves are won and lost, loyalties betrayed, backs bitten, and sex--always hot and sometimes kinky--is had by almost all. Krantz's all-knowing narrator, the quintessential gossip mogul who has the goods on everyone, knowing each inside out, dishes it out with such relish and appeal that it's hard not to be hooked from beginning to end, even when the designer and dominatrix references begin to grow stale. Pure, delicious fun. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for August)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-517-58228-7
Page count: 528pp
Publisher: Crown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1992


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