By Judith Marks-White
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345492395, 368pp.)
Publication Date: July 29, 2008
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“Underneath it all–designer clothes and moxie aside–my mother was more than any daughter should ever have to handle.”
- from Bachelor Degree
Strolling the city sidewalks of Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side are a bevy of well-dressed, attractive, and notably eligible single men, but can Samantha Krasner snag one before the competition does? Finding Mr. Right would certainly help keep her mother at bay. After all, the only thing separating their two apartments is Central Park. Not big enough.
A successful gallery diva who must answer to a boss from hell, thirty-eight-year-old Samantha nonetheless finally feels as if she’s leading her own life. But the ever-hovering, smothering Madeleine Krasner-Wolfe, a twice-divorced and filthy rich force of nature, always seems to have advice for her daughter about everything from fashion and beauty regimens to men.
When Samantha signs up the new rising star of the art world, Blake Hamilton, Madeleine immediately sees him as a prospective son-in-law. Hoping to help her daughter land a husband before it’s too late, Madeleine launches a flirt campaign that both infuriates and enthralls Samantha– compelling her to finally take action. From the toniest penthouses of Park Avenue to the trendiest SoHo lofts, Samantha is on a mission–if only her mother would get out of the way.
Praise for Judith Marks-White’s Seducing Harry:
“Judith Marks-White writes with lashings of humor and a healthy dose of cynicism laced with sweetness.”
–Jane Green, author of Second Chance
“The literary equivalent of a bon bon . . . the perfect book to wedge between all those weighty Booker Prize-winning reads piled up by the bedside.”
“[Marks-White] has a sharp eye for absurdity and excess.”
–The Boston Globe