Title: A Dangerous Age
Author: Kelly Killoren Bensimon
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Number of Pages: 368
How I Got It: NetGalley
Couture royalty meets downtown grit and heady artists mingle with freewheeling socialites in A Dangerous Age, a sophisticated, indulgent, and delicious novel of contemporary New York City that women of all ages will devour.
It’s the dog days of a sweltering Manhattan summer, and four sophisticated best friends who once took New York by storm are secretly falling apart at the seams. Lucy’s marriage to a renowned artist is slowly crumbling, with an explosive secret that threatens them both. Sarah, in the middle of auditioning for an auspicious new television show, realizes that her socialite standing is in jeopardy after countless disastrous events. Billy—a queen in the kitchen—has finally left her former life behind to become a highbrow cuisine artist. And Lotta, a knockout downtown art dealer, spends her free time guzzling cocktails in both the grittiest and most expensive clubs around town—but now, she’s taken it a little too far.
In this addicting and refreshing comedy of manners reminiscent of Edith Wharton, Lucy, Sarah, Billy, and Lotta go to all ends to hide their troubles in a city that worships only the young, twentysomething it-girl. But in the end, there’s no denying that these women have all entered a very dangerous age...and who knows how they’ll emerge on the other side.
I was beyond impressed with this novel. I wasn't sure what to expect from a Real Housewife. Well, I expected fluff. Even though the storyline follows a familiar set-up (4 women in NYC) it did not rely on cupcakes and shoes to carry the pace. Each of the women have their own problems but this story is told from Lucy's point of view. She is funny and rational. I didn't roll my eyes at any of her thoughts or statements (like I tend to do with a lot of "women's fiction" protagonists.) She is supportive of her artist husband's routines and quirks but when their sex life is all but forgotten, it's easy to think that he may be having an affair with one of his models. There are a few "secrets" that I was so happy to have not figured out until they were exposed. I've been wanting a "women's fiction" release that was not sappy sweet perfection, beach houses in the rain, and all the same boring scenes. A Dangerous Age hit the mark.
***Disclaimer:: I was given a copy of this release in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation. ***