From Publishers Weekly
Schnurnberger (The Botox Diaries, with Janice Kaplan) goes solo for a middle-age crazy tale of Tru--a stay-at-her-Park-Avenue-home-mom of twin teens whose husband loses his job in the financial meltdown--and glam sidekick Sienna, a TV anchor kicked to the curb for a younger face. The resourceful gals cook up a wacky plan to keep themselves in lipstick and lingerie: an escort agency specializing in well-bred over-40 "courtesans." It's a hit, and along the way, Tru competes to keep her husband; deals with her irrepressible mom, Naomi (a former Miss New York Subway), after her life-changing heart attack; and discovers her daughters are competing for the same wicked eighth-grade heartthrob. The multigenerational antics of this light, enjoyable romp are safely PG, as is the message: true love (or is it Tru's loves?) conquers all. (Jan.) (c)
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Tru Newman has an enviable life, a famous best friend, a wealthy husband, and well-behaved twin daughters. Her biggest problem to date is living in the shadow of her overbearing ex-beauty-queen mother. All of that comes to a crashing halt when Tru discovers that her husband has been secretly unemployed for more than three months. When the economy crashes, Tru is forced to go back to work and chooses an unlikely profession: she starts a call-girl service featuring women over 40. Tru’s travails are told in a light, breezy tone combined with an endless stream of up-to-the-minute pop-culture references. A deeper novel might try and make connections between Tru’s work as a madam and her husband’s work as an investment banker, but this frothy tale is pure wish fulfillment. After all, although the novel is clearly set in 2010, Tru lives in a world where long-term married couples easily forgive major betrayals to have hot sex in the elevator, young men pay to sleep with fortysomething women, and Cher arrives at a reunion to make everyone’s problems disappear. --Marta Segal Block