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“I had a ball reading One Flight Up. I wish the characters were real so we might have lunch! Susan Fales-Hill has written a fun, fabulous, New York story that you won’t be able to put down! Here’s your summer read!” —Adriana Trigiani, author of Very Valentine

“Are you questioning what it’s like to take a detour on the wild side? One Flight Up is a juicy excursion into where our most precious dreams may lead” —Veronica Webb, model and author

“A smart, stylish, and sexy New York story, told with humor and flair. Susan Fales-Hill’s writing is effortlessly chic, and her perceptive take on modern relationships will have readers talking.” —Paula Froelich, author of Mercury in Retrograde and former New York Post Page Six Deputy Editor

One Flight Up is a hilarious story of four smart, feisty friends, each at their own romantic crossroads, who find their way—and ultimately themselves—with the help of each other” —Jill Kargman, author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Arm Candy

“Susan Fales-Hill writes a dazzling narrative of New York’s social diorama with wit, irony and great humor” —Andre Leon Talley, Editor at Large, Vogue

One Flight Up is one flight of fancy. Sexy, fun and fresh.” —Michael Patrick King, writer and director of the HBO series and film, Sex and the City

“Susan Fales-Hill has written a compulsively readable tale of female friendship, romance and social mores in today’s New York. One Flight Up is filled with humor, heart and insight.” —Emily Listfield, author of Waiting to Surface

"A sassy summer beach read" —Vogue

“Frank and funny… A wise and wicked peek into the overstuffed closets and medicine cabinets of New York’s contemporary gilded set” —Essence

"A chick lit masterpiece that leaves Jackie Collins in the dust." —The New York Post

"The author, writing from a suitable Park Avenue address, confects a novel of four privileged Manhattan women—a divorce lawyer, a gynecologist, a gallery owner, and an heiress—and their menfolk. " —Harvard Magazine

“One Flight Up is a delectable journey into the minds, bedrooms and closets of women who occupy Manhattan’s buttery brown upper crust. Gasp-worthy plot twists will have Madames screaming advice to the sometimes morally challenged foursome. With a delightfully satisfying ending and a cast of endearing characters, Fales-Hill’s debut novel is a must read.” —Madame Noire

About the Author

Susan Fales-Hill is an award-winning television writer and producer (The Cosby Show, Suddenly Susan, and A Different World) and the author of One Flight Up and the acclaimed memoir Always Wear Joy. She is a contributing editor at Essence, and her writing has also appeared in Vogue, Town & Country, and Good Housekeeping. Susan lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439124906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439124901
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to reading this. I believe I heard about this in a magazine article, where Susan Fales-Hill said this was different than typical chick lit. That piqued my interest.

The novel started out strong. The four main characters were very rich and diverse and seemed like a lot of fun to be around, and New York City was well represented, showing the multicultural and international demographic of that city. I also loved the digs at the haughty rich folks and their snotty idiosyncrasies. However, I could've done without the snide remarks about H&M...not all of us can afford to shop at Chanel.

Where this book failed with me was when Keith was brought in. I don't care how handsome he was, the guy was an arrogant [word that can't be used in this review]. India, the lead character, continuously, CONTINUOUSLY kept falling for his crap and taking his abuse. This novel went right back into the stereotypical chick lit mode by making the women too weak to take care of themselves without a man. Also, the willingness of all four women to cheat on their significant others had me shaking my head. Were all of their men that bad? (Well one of them was, but still, cheating's wrong!)

Also, I didn't like how Monique was portrayed as a stereotype. I've dealt with many Moniques growing up. I'm not biracial like India, but I've constantly had my blackness questioned by those who consider themselves the standard of what it means to be black. Monique constantly hammered it over the readers' heads that she was black, pro-black, and all about being black. I get it, you're black. For someone who was supposed to be a highly-accredited gynecologist, she surely didn't carry herself like one.
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Four friends who met at the elite Manhattan Sibley School for Girls are at a crossroads of life and love in Susan Fales-Hill's novel One Flight Up.

India is a hard-charging divorce attorney with a high maintenance actress mother, an addiction to chocolate, and a loving French chef boyfriend. When the man she left at the altar years ago for cheating on her comes back into her life, she is torn between her strong attraction to the "bad boy" and her understanding, caring boyfriend.

Abby has a artist husband and two children whom she adores, but soon she is forced to face the fact that her husband is a cheater when she sees him kissing a gorgeous younger woman. When her son's music teacher shows romantic interest in her, she is tempted to find happiness for herself.

Monique is a doctor, who has been married for many years to a man with a time-consuming financial career. Like many long-married couples with dual careers and children, the spark has gone out of their marriage, and when a sexy young EMT shows her some attention, she makes a mistake that could endanger everything for which she has worked.

Esme is described as a "Columbian Scarlett O'Hara", a woman who enjoys receiving all the male attention from the moment she walks into a room. Esme frequently cheats on her nice-guy husband, just as her father cheats on her mother.

The author does a wonderful job creating characters with lives that the reader would envy- wealthy, smart, beautiful- and yet she gives them problems that face most women. How do you balance work, family, and love?

She understands the realities of long-term monogamy, and how hard it is to work at staying happy in a marriage.
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There is a defined art and wonder about the tales of women. Iconic authors, including Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott, have transformed a device intended to entertain a segmented audience into a set works that serve a wider readership seeking the adventurous complexities and passions of literary heroines.

While the mysticism that surrounds the secret lives of fabulous women prevails in what is now termed chick lit, it is a rare experience to find an attention to language befitting indulgent, affable heroines. Marrying adoration for Mizrahi gowns, Birkin bags, and feisty affairs with the vernacular that etched enduring characters like Emma and the March sisters into the modern fascination of womanhood, ONE FLIGHT UP is that savory, unrighteous bite of chocolate for the chick lit enthusiast.

The primary reason you will enjoy this book is that it is the next step forward for SEX AND THE CITY fanatics. However, the important note is that you can depend on this book to champion the main device of books, a mastery of words and wit, at a pace that works for curious and outgoing readers.

This is a book about four women, ethnically diverse, who are connected by school ties and the various forms of male temptation encountered as they consider what they each need from marriage, career and friendship. I love most that they are fabulous, socially masterful, enviable and admirable personas, and that the book is written in such a way that you want to keep reading it.

Try out the preview, no more than a few pages and you are hooked and ready for the television series. I have literally told one hundred friends about it, and it is not enough. You must read the story, too.
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