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Vanderbilt—socialite, artiste and pioneer of designer jeans—dips into the realm of spanking, thrusting, creaming and opening as a flower toward the sun with this dressed-up pulp erotica tale—Chip Kidd designed the striking cover, which features white-haired mannequins that (a certain type of person might be inclined to conclude) slightly resemble the host of CNN's AC360. After renowned architect Talbot Bingham dies, his widow, Priscilla, designates their Maryland estate (of all our estates it was the one I loved most) as a museum. In going through Talbot's papers there, Priscilla discovers letters from a woman calling herself Queen Bee that describe a physical passion utterly foreign to Pris. Repulsed and fascinated by Bee's purple correspondence (Look Master, no doubt you didn't insist she wax her mons as you do mine), Priscilla falls into a labyrinth of pain and misery and becomes increasingly obsessed with Bee. As Vanderbilt nudges the two women together, the already soft-focused narrative becomes nearly hallucinatory. Sadly, this is no Story of O: the prose is terminally puffy, the sex has been done (and done and done) and Pris is an unendearing priss. (June)
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“Bee’s letters are carnal, kinky, pulpy, lewd...they’re threatening but enthralling...” (Arizona Republic )
“In her new novel, Gloria Vanderbilt has created a remarkable tapestry of human passion--an interior world of highly charged erotic mysteries that teasingly suggest, but ever elude, decoding. OBSESSION is a poetic tale on the nature of possession and obsession.” (Joyce Carol Oates )
“Leave it to Gloria Vanderbilt to design a sensual novel for the material girl...” (USA Today )
“Warmth and zest and cheekiness...OBSESSION is erotica even your grandmother can love.” (The Daily Beast )
“‘Obsession’...evolves into a clever psychological puzzle...great fun (Buffalo News )
It would be too difficult to provide my critique of this book without giving away what little there is of a story. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Deborah Collins Kayser
This was a very interesting concept for a book but I was left wanting more. It was often confusing what decade or even century the story was set in at times. Read morePublished 8 months ago by N. S.
Was the worst put together book I've ever read. I kept waiting for it to get better. It never did. Even the ending was poorly written. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Diane Jones
Well written. I am amazed at all the talents Glorria Vanderbilt has! A rather different type of book than I usually read, felt like I was reading a psychology case study.Published 19 months ago by pja08
I've read the reviews on these pages regarding this book. Whether from experience, imagination, or the latter fueled by the former, Ms. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mavendetout
I've been interested in "Poor Little Rich Girl" since I was a young girl. (I was interested in fashion design. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by 1st Grambo
Gloria should stick to thin books about her collages & about her fashionable homes. It is an embarrassment to her grown sons to have this written & pubished. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by george sand
was just buying this to see if it is really so bad - and, it totally is...
so bad tht it is worth buying as an example of total BS... Read more