From Publishers Weekly
Walker halfheartedly investigates the unhappy lives of women in a rich Connecticut suburb in her disappointing second outing (after Four Wives
). Jacks Halstead is the materially comfortable wife of a hedge fund manager whose secretiveness and locked briefcase make her suspect that all is not well. But Jacks is a survivor, and soon she's seducing the very rich husband of Rosalyn Barlow, the community's social empress and, ostensibly, Jacks's friend. For her part, Rosalyn is an icy master manipulator, who needs to perform damage control after their 14-year-old daughter is caught performing fellatio on a boy at school. A pawn in Rosalyn's scheme is Sara, a guileless young newcomer bent on leaving the middle class behind. Throughout, the prose is pedestrian (warm smiles, crisp fall air) when it isn't ridiculous (his tongue lay inside her mouth like a giant anchovy) A banal ink-and-paper soap opera, this achieves neither the pluck of chick lit nor the glitziness of a Jackie Collins. (Sept.)
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"Wendy Walker's provocative insight into the minds and hearts of her characters’ discontent is alternately tender and shocking. Proving that money can never fill the empty places of the soul, Social Lives explores the suburban world of material excess with heartbreaking accuracy."
--Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer and The Art of Keeping Secrets
“In Social Lives, Wendy Walker vividly reveals how the world of money and privilege affects the women who inhabit it, bringing to light the family dynamics it corrupts, the glittering cages it creates, and most poignantly, the lengths some will go to keep it in their grasps. A pitch-perfect novel for our times.”
--Liz Lange, Founder of Liz Lange Maternity
"This gripping tale of domestic intrigue and social aspirations in the super-wealthy suburbs of Connecticut will scandalize and enthrall you."
--Elise Chidley, author of Your Roots Are Showing