Picks and Pans Review: Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

UPDATED 03/27/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/27/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

by Ayelet Waldman
REVIEWED BY SUE CORBETT

NOVEL

This oddly engaging soap opera follows the travails of unlikable types including overindulged Manhattanite Emilia Greenleaf, her wealthy lawyer husband and his shrewish ex-wife. The death of Emilia's baby launches her into a bout of "obsessive self-pity" but she's not so sad she can't do lunch at Nobu or shop at Barneys. Though the plot moves at a nice clip, reading about professional whiners behaving badly is like listening to gossip about people you don't know.

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