Picks and Pans Review: Sex and Social Climbing in the City

updated 10/06/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/2008 01:00AM

ONE FIFTH AVENUE
by Candace Bushnell

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REVIEWED BY CLARISSA CRUZ

NOVEL
A middle-aged playboy, a nouveau riche couple, a grande dame gossip columnist and the requisite surgically enhanced tartlet are among the residents of Manhattan's One Fifth Avenue, where societal maneuvering and sexual escapades are as de rigueur as the marble countertops in the occupants' sleek kitchens. Tensions escalate in this upscale nest when hedge fund millionaire Paul and his socialite wife move in, setting off a chain of catty intrigue. The moneyed Manhattan media scene is familiar, entertaining territory for Sex and the City creator Bushnell—even if most of the characters are as two-dimensional as the society party pics they pore over the morning after.

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