Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Buy Used
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Fast Shipping - Safe and Secure Bubble Mailer!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Mercury in Retrograde: A Novel Hardcover – June 2, 2009

3.7 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

See all 16 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$0.01 $0.01
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Three down-on-their-luck Manhattan women form an unlikely fellowship in Page Six deputy editor Froelich's formulaic—though sometimes funny—debut. Anxious socialite Lena Lippencrass, smalltown transplant–cum–intrepid reporter Penelope Mercury and high-powered lawyer Dana Gluck end up in the same former SoHo tenement building at low points in their lives: Lena, cut off by her wealthy parents, is slumming it on Sullivan Street; Penelope is out of a job after accidentally damaging her office's property; and Dana lives on Weight Watchers while obsessing over her divorce. But once they band together, they right themselves while helping each other. After an initial barrage of New York names and places (and an abundance of parenthetical asides), the novel eventually finds a breezy groove as it traipses through TV newsrooms, high-stakes partnership meetings and a fashion gala at the Met, leading to comically fitting results—and new love interests—for each. Froelich takes a few light shots at socialite Web sites, politicians in prostitution scandals, fashion magazines and drug-addled young celebrities, and the book's message of rejecting gossip and hierarchy is sweetly unexpected, even if everything else is by the numbers. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


"Written with humor, charm, and heart...readers will love the hilarious misadventures of Penelope Mercury." -- Candace Bushnell, author of One Fifth Avenue

"A zippy, relatable romp, told with style and sincerity." -- Jennifer Weiner, author of Certain Girls

"Mercury in Retrograde marks the emergence of a very entertaining storyteller." -- Sloane Crosley, author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake

"A delicious romp -- our horoscope-addicted heroine will make you laugh and cry. Great fun!" -- Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying

"Move over, Dorothy Parker...funny, clever and engaging...gives the reader the ultimate insider's view into the looking-glass world of a working girl's Manhattan." -- Gigi Levangie Grazer, author of The Starter Wife

"Funny. Breezy. The book's message is sweetly unexpected." -- Publishers Weekly

"Breezy and sunny, Mercury in Retrograde is the perfect summer reading getaway." -- Miami Herald

"A delicious romp through the world of Gotham women-about-town. Comparisons to Sex and the City are inevitable, but Froelich, a former reporter for the New York Post gossip register Page Six, puts her knowing spin on the genre. It's the perfect frothy accompaniment to a beachside repast." -- Los Angeles Times Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Featured Author: Paula Froelich
Read an excerpt from Paula Froelich's Mercury in Retrograde [PDF].

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416598936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416598930
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The deputy editor for the New York Post's Page Six column, Paula lives in New York City. Mercury in Retrograde is her first novel.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
While this book may have seemed trendy and "hot" as it was prepared for publication, the financial bust that followed the boom makes the start of this charming novel read like a period piece. Penelope Mercury, struggling newspaper reporter, gets sent to the wrong address while on assignment and her psycho boss starts a fight with her when she returns. He tells her he's giving the coveted position as court reporter to his cousin. Without meaning to, she throws up on him and, also accidentally, sets part of the newsroom on fire. She then "quits" the newspaper business. (Newspapers? So yesterday...)

The author introduces us to two other young women. Dana Gluck is a high-powered lawyer. She's already a junior partner in her prestigious law firm, gunning to be the youngest senior partner in history. But she's emotionally a wreck over her recent divorce from her husband of two years. Her hair falls out when she gets too stressed and she never dates.

Lena "Lipstick" Lippencrass is a socialite. She works at a tiny fashion magazine, lives in a posh apartment and spends $50,000/month on clothes. She's engaged in a frantic rivalry with Bitsy, the debutante who stole her boyfriend. When her parents cut off the credit cards because Lipstick hasn't married the man of their dreams, she rebels. Although Lipstick is an irritating character at the beginning, she makes the longest journey and the most interesting transformation.

The author takes about 90 pages to get these three together. Once they become friends and start helping each other out, the book becomes wonderfully engaging as each tackles the issues of making a living and finding meaning in life.
Read more ›
9 Comments 26 of 28 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Author Paula Froelich has written a book that under other circumstances might have been made into the blockbuster HBO show "Sex and the City." But those circumstances would have had to include timing - she's too late; character development - there's too little of it; and writing style - her syntax is taxing to say the least.

Here's a quick quote which left me in despair of even being able to finish the book, and it was on page 10 of the advance copy. "It was pitch black in her room, thanks to the double-weight drapes that concealed the entire glass wall to the left of the bed, which led to her Parisian-style garden, with the exception of the faint glow from her laptop lying on the pillow next to her head." Ouch.

I really wanted to like the main character, Penelope Mercury, because she's a struggling journalist. But the tortuous syntax and thin characterization left me with a bad case of "don't care" as the book bounced from inane high-fashion babble to unlikely urban disasters, with very little in the way of compelling transition.

If the endless parade of designer label name-dropping that characterizes the "Sex and the City" movie floats your boat, then you may be able to shop your way through this novel and enjoy it. But if you are instead looking for some substance and some characters whose fates move you to empathy or even sustainable interest, you might want to take a pass on "Mercury in Retrograde."
6 Comments 33 of 39 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Mercury in Retrograde opens with a definition of Mercury in retrograde; which, to paraphrase astrological terms, means that bad things are about to happen. Given that warning, readers shouldn't be surprised to find that Mercury is still in retrograde when it comes to Froelich's debut effort. The book fails on almost all levels. The storyline looks like it was put together by either a focus group or a marketing executive ("Let's see...most successful chick lit books have one heroine...let's put three in this book...it'll be three times as good!!!"). Making the storyline seem even more derivative is the presence of several scenes that seem to be echoes of similar scenes in other books. Unfortunately, they were done better in those other books (compare the harried television host scenes in this book with those in the Bridget Jones books). Capping this disappointing adventure is a strange "in-this-world, not-in-this world" writing style that Froelich uses throughout the book. This style involves dropping the names of real life celebrities through some of the text, and then using fictional celebrities in the rest of the book. I'm sure that Froelich thought that this method was a clever way of writing a thinly disguised expose. But, it comes across as though she'd only name those who wouldn't sue her for what she wrote, and come up with fake names for those that would likely sue.

The only redeeming quality to this mess is the character of Dana Gluck, who seems to be a real person with an interestingly complex personal situation. Unfortunately, she's the least discussed of the three main characters. And, those scenes with her are not enough to salvage the book. Chick lit fans and book lovers in general should heed the inadvertent warning in the book's opening pages and skip Mercury in Retrograde.
Comment 16 of 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Spoiled, rich Lipstick has been cut off from her Daddy's money, long-suffering Penelope Mercury has to find a new job, and unhappily divorced Dana is slowly becoming a recluse. These three find themselves together in one apartment building, and begin a friendship through shared yoga classes. This is a good set-up that doesn't quite mesh like the author must have intended.

Jennifer Weiner (loved her novel Certain Girls) called this book, " ...a zippy, relatable romp... " It was zippy all right, but not very relatable. I was never drawn to the characters like I should have been, and the characters didn't have enough of a relationship between each other. Other friends, bosses, co-workers, and family came across as extreme, instead of just zany. All of the men were cardboard stereotypes. Still, I give this book a couple of stars because there were some comic moments, and it was easy to read. It was fluffy escapism, for which I sometimes have a yen. But this one wasn't meaty enough, in characterizations or plot, to satisfy.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: persephone books