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From Publishers Weekly

Uvillers debut is as gleefully unpretentious as the rhinestones on narrator Zephyr Zuckermans thrift-shop dress. This is not a Jesus-saving kind of story, Zephyr warns, and, indeed, sex, bodily functions, white lies and general irreverence keep this tale of love, friendship and New York City popping along. Zephyr and her best friends are flawed and lovable: divorcée party-crasher Tag is a globe-trotting scientist; Lucy, a social worker, writes notes on $10 bills and hopes that the right man will answer her call; Mercedes, a violinist, snags a celebrity boyfriend; and Abigail, a professor, falls into Internet-dating catastrophe. Zephyr, meanwhile, has dropped out of school, and her major concern, other than getting over an ex, is figuring out what she wants to be. So when her super is arrested, Zephyr inherits his post and discovers that there is far more happening under her roof than she can handle. The novel gallops at full speed from the very first line, and though there are times when it would serve Uviller well to rein it in a bit, this is undoubtedly smarter and funnier than most other girls-in-the-city novels. (Jan.)
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Indecisive, overeducated, 27-year-old Zephyr Zuckerman is contemplating career options and living in an apartment in her parents’ Greenwich Village brownstone when their building superintendent is arrested without warning. At her parents’ behest, Zephyr fills in as super and starts digging into the building’s secrets amid scheduling service calls. With the help of handsome, mysterious exterminator Gregory Samson, she discovers a hidden staircase from the super’s apartment and the unsavory business her neighbor Roxana is running from her home. As she puts the pieces together, Zephyr develops a thing for both sleuthing and Gregory. Debut novelist Uviller borrows from her own life—with some admittedly bizarre twists—for this lively, smart chick-lit mystery. The characters are likable—especially Zephyr’s overachieving, yet unassuming coterie of prep-school friends. Readers will also appreciate the many literary references and Uviller’s insider’s view of New York City. --Aleksandra Walker

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  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 27, 2008)
  • Publication Date: January 27, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL5AE
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By book lover on February 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was hoping that the main character would be more grown-up and self-reliant than she turned out to be. she's like a lost spoiled child swept away by her self-centered fantasies. i read somewhere that this book has a touch of feminism but let's stop right there- she's constantly obsessing about finding the love of her life, she's passive and quite boring actually.if it weren't for all those people around here - would there be anything to write about???
the story is totally unrealistic and naive. i have a feeling the characters were chosen to meet the high-variety criteria: a parasitologist here, a social worker there, a prostitute, an undercover cop, a high prosecutor...it's very pretentious.it's a big frenzied mix of everything...
and the cliche - french madame!please...!
if the other characters had some potential that potential wasn't used. very shallow descriptions.sorry i bought it. there are better books out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CFB on January 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Setting the main constraints of the genre itself aside, this book was quite good. In fact, I just plain old liked it! The book is the simple, friendly little tale of an extremely likable woman with the fantastic name of Zephyr Zuckerman. She merrily skips through the novel, going through a range of emotions and catastrophic situations before finally getting her perfect, rainbow over Manhattan happy ending. It's great.

Most simply, this book was a nice little moment of escapism and one that is not so far-fetched as to really hurt you when you come crashing back down from chick lit land. Ms. Uviller's writing style is utterly fantastic: intelligent without seeming pretentious, funny without hitting you over the head with the punchline and wonderfully real-feeling, even in its moments of greatest unreality. Zephyr honestly comes to life, as do the people she encounters along the way.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NewYorker on January 29, 2009
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Half way through this book, as I read it on an elevator on my way to an appointment, a stranger actually said, as the doors parted: "what is that you're reading that makes you laugh so much?"

Now that doesn't happen every day.

But Super in the City is just the kind of laugh out loud story which will leave you with a bit of grief when it finally ends. The self-obsessed but never dull Zephyr was a ton of fun to follow around for a few hundred pages. And I'll never look at the floor of my closet the same way again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on April 19, 2009
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Over qualified Zephyr Zuckerman finds herself as superintendent of her parent's Greenwich Village brownstone after the first super is led away in handcuffs. Since she's unemployed she daringly takes on the job, digging into not only the job itself but the secrets of the building and its tenants. Now she's not only the super but a sleuth as well with a mysterious side kick exterminator Gregory Sampson. Things only get more confusing when her sleuthing leads the mob to think she's in the FBI and the FBI to think she's with the mob. How did something so simple turn so strange?

This is without a doubt one of the most entertaining chick-lit titles I've read in a long while. Zephyr, her friends and the quirky situations she finds herself in are well written. Sharp and witty are two very strong adjectives to describe this author's ability to tell a story. If you're looking for an entertaining read, look no further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Williams on October 6, 2009
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Zephyr Zuckerman, at loss for her career interests (she packs a van for graduate school but can't quite manage to go), takes over the superintendent role in her parents' New York City brownstone. And adventure begins! In the course of finding out who she wants to be when she grows up, Zephyr chances upon a mystery as well as the mysterious (and handsome) Gregory, purportedly the exterminator for her parents' building. But who is Gregory really and what will happen between him and Zephyr? This well-paced and hilarious book, spiced with just the right touch of romance and sex, is engaging from the first page. A skilled writer, Uviller has a gift for dialogue, whether the conversation is between the heroine and her "sexterminator" or between Zephyr and her gal pals, the Sterling Girls. A great read that burnishes chick lit with admirable writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Spector on February 16, 2009
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This book is way more than your usual chicklit. It is funny, entertaining and thought provoking. The main character, intelligent and well educated represents a large number of young adults who haven't quite found their way as yet. Parents of 20 somethings take note. You will enjoy this book too. I loved the lofty musings of glory and fame that Zephyr, Uviller's main character is frequently fantasizing and the unexpected twists and turns.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaclyn R. Savolainen on January 30, 2009
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"Super in the City" is an utterly delightful romp of a book. Smart and hilarious, fast-paced and impossible to put down once you pick it up. Ms. Uviller seems to effortlessly maximize the humorous potential of every sentence, every situation, every fantasy. The characters are vivid and loveable, the mystery is compelling, the thoughts are original.

I loved it! Unfortunately, I also stayed up until 3 AM to finish it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ABW on February 24, 2009
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This book is hysterical. Not much makes me laugh out loud - but this did. My laughter even prompted my husband to pick it up. Reading Zephyr's stream of consciousness lets us laugh at our own neuroses and remember a time when we thought the same way. I loved it! Nice also to read a good, intelligent writer. Can't wait to read Uviller's next book!
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