St. Martin's Press, 9780312538798, 368pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Sydney Zamora is fiercely independent, aggressively opinionated, and utterly self-made. She’s reshaped her body (into the perfect sample-sale outfitted size 6, thank you very much), organized a life for herself as a celebrity journalist at hot magazine Cachet, and strides through the canyons of New York City like she owns them. There’s just one problem: Sydney is so strong that she plays keep-away with men. But now that she’s hitting her midthirties, she wants one. Badly. For her birthday, Sydney’s sister ambushes her with the services of Mitzi Berman, $40,000 a shot Manhattan matchmaker extraordinaire. Mitzi also has her eyes on Max Cooper, the scion of Harvey’s department store, the chicest place to shop in America. And nothing could make either Sydney or Max Cooper run faster than Mitzi, with her rules and her Brooklyn accent—that is, if they didn’t concede her a point or two. Peopled with vivid, hilarious characters, Feminista is fast-moving fiction whose themes of independence, image and the com pli - cated relationship between the sexes in the working world recall the best of Rona Jaffe.
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Praise For Feminista…
"Feminista is smart, hilarious, and totally of the moment. Every feminist fashionista will find herself on these pages, as Erica Kennedy uses wit and verve to take a look at some of the tough decisions women have to make on the road to having it all. One of the most enjoyable reads of the year."-- Rebecca Walker, author of Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence.
"Kennedy tweaks the template to create a beautiful, biracial, brainy heroine, far hipper than chick-lit is used to."--Kirkus Reviews
"This crazed black romantic comedy from journalist and author Kennedy (Bling ) charts the rocky course of Sydney Zamora, a very angry single. The Cachet magazine writer decides, at 33, that she's got to get married before her eggs sour. So her rich sister hires Mitzi Berman, a successful Manhattan matchmaker, to find Sydney's Mr. Right. Mitzi's challenge, as she sees it, is transforming fierce feminista Sydney into a dress-wearing girly girl (says Mitzi: "If you don't make some radical changes in your behavior, you will die alone"). Catching Sydney's eye is the fabulous Max Cooper, the spoiled playboy heir of a department store fortune, but can her politics mix with his background? Truly, their path to connubial bliss is barbed with obstacles, charted with sarcastic glee by Kennedy, a pioneer of chick lit's naughty stepsister--bitch lit."--Publishers Weekly