Search Results: "Olivia Goldsmith"


BOOK REVIEW

OLIVIA by Judith Rossner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Until then, though, engrossing characters and entertaining riffs on the importance of traditional meals keep the pages turning. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
Gourmet cooking, the television industry, private-school troubles, and one of NYC's last eligible bachelors amply furnish the life of Caroline Sindler in this warm, if disappointingly anticlimactic entertainment by Rossner (His Little Women, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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SWITCHEROO by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Contrived, yes, but hysterically funny—and after reflecting on the invisibility of women, the reader may find it no more contrived than, say, a Shakespearean comedy. (Film rights to New Line Cinema; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
More monumental high-concept from Goldsmith (Marrying Mom, 1996, etc.), this time in a wonderfully funny fable about a wife and mistress who reverse roles—and a husband who apparently can't tell the difference. Read full book review >

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MARRYING MOM by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 1996

"Some laughs and refreshing senior-citizen romance, but more like the outline for a TV sitcom than a novel. (Film rights to Paramount; Literary Guild Selection; $175,000 ad/promo; TV and radio satellite tours)"
Goldsmith follows The Bestseller (p. 768) with a light, contrived romance about a Jewish mother and her three unsettled children. Read full book review >

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FLAVOR OF THE MONTH by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 1993

"On Hollywood, Thomas Tryon is more touching, and Nathanael West more literate—but no one can touch Goldsmith for gusto."
In The First Wives Club (1992), Goldsmith was like a dog with a bone on the subject of rotten husbands; in her second novel, she's latched onto another theme that's almost as meaty: Hollywood, which she masticates with characteristic wicked glee. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST WIVES CLUB by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Moreover, the novel mainlines into a vein of pure bile—which can't help but produce heady effects on those millions of women who know exactly what Goldsmith's talking about. (Film rights sold to Paramount.)"
``There ought to be some kind of retribution, some way to even the score....Let's make sure they pay a price.'' These are the words of a veritable Park Avenue Medea in Goldsmith's sharp, vitriolic, funny, and exceedingly commercial debut novel—all about what happens when three abandoned society wives get mad. Read full book review >

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PEN PALS by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Social work as satire: The harsh realities of prison life are noted briefly on the way to a formulaic (and rather improbable) happy ending. Goldsmith (Bad Boy, 2001, etc.) has done better."
A Wall Street whiz takes an insider-trading rap for her crooked boss and winds up in prison. Read full book review >

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BAD BOY by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Entertaining fluff—and sure to sell."
Clothes make the man . . . and the man makes the woman. Read full book review >

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THE BESTSELLER by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Despite some lapses in dramatic tension, a bright and entertaining education in bookmaking where the good get bestsellers and the bad never eat in the Grill Room again. ($175,000 ad/promo; film rights to Paramount; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A master of high-concept fiction (Fashionably Late, 1994, etc.) returns with a likely bestseller about writing a bestseller— a meaty send-up of publishing told with intelligence, wit, and shameless enthusiasm. Read full book review >

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FASHIONABLY LATE by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"This novel works. (First printing of 150,000; $175,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Goldsmith established her fertile turf in The First Wives Club (1991) and hasn't let up since; here she presents another witty, venomous tale of female resourcefulness in the face of breathtaking male duplicity, set in Manhattan's sophisticated fashion industry. Read full book review >

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OLIVIA by Ian Falconer
Kirkus Star
by Ian Falconer, illustrated by Ian Falconer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"New fans of Falconer can only hope Ian will soon star in his own book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Even before her story begins, readers are following Olivia as she leaves a trail of clothes that she has eschewed in favor of the outfit du jour for her auspicious entrance on the title page. Read full book review >

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DUMPING BILLY by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2004

"Pleasant enough, but strictly for fans."
The late Goldsmith (The First Wives Club, 1992, etc.) sticks to the bestselling formula of women looking for love in her final book: sadly, a predictable, clichéd, and caricature-ridden portrait of a Manhattan career woman entangled by the outer-borough roots she tries desperately to leave behind. Read full book review >