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


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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