♥♥♥♥♥ You Gotta Read This Book ♥♥♥♥♥
Anyone can see Lorraine Machuchi is no ordinary Brooklyn girl. Anyone except for Lorraine, that is. She’s been too busy obsessing over Tommy Lupo to notice. Living day to day on his confusing midnight phone calls and big-haired memories of their relationship in the early nineties, she’s given up any opportunity of leaving Brooklyn. And though she never saw the home she loves as a failure, there are lots of folks she’s pissed off by staying put—her mother, her dead grandmother’s ghost, not to mention the old Italian ladies who shake their heads at her in the pork store. And what’s worse, the very guy she tossed everything away for just told her he’ll never wind up with her—a girl who’s not going anywhere.
…Okay, so you might disapprove of her motive—changing for a guy. But then you probably haven’t seen Tommy with three shirt buttons undone. Besides, when Lorraine crosses the bridge to Manhattan she begins to realize she’s got a lot to offer. She starts coloring hair at a swank salon where they actually appreciate a little talent, even if you have to bend some rules to use it. She gets a fabulous Park Avenue sublet, even if it does involve chasing around a dog/horse named Pooh-Pooh. She meets a guy who’s actually…perfect, even if she might be too hung up on Mr. Wrong to notice. She’s asked to become the newest member of the Princesses, an elite group of Park Avenue’s most powerful socialites, even if the reasoning behind it might be a little fishy. Sure, their $400 cashmere sweaters, charity balls for poor girls with small boobs, and ‘sexy’ yoga are a bit over-the-top, but a Brooklyn girl can learn a lot by discovering her own inner princess…
I would chance to say there’s not a one of us who hasn’t entertained the thought of living it up in the Big Apple. And since most of us will never have that opportunity, we have Princess of Park Avenue to help us through. Daniella Brodsky weaves a tale of a hometown girl who makes it big in the big city. This is not a “be careful what you wish for story” for Lorraine never wished for anything more than Tommy’s love. And was willing to give up anything and everything for it. (Including a full ride to NYU.) But these sacrifices lead Tommy to believe that Lorraine isn’t going anywhere. So she sets out to prove him wrong. This is where the fairy tale kicks in. Using her natural talent as a hair dresser, Lorraine breaks out of Brooklyn, takes Manhattan in hand, and finds the love she was always destined to have.
Princess of Park Avenue is a fabulous tale and fun, fun read. I laughed out loud as I journeyed with Lorraine as she found her career, her love, and herself. The rest of us should be so lucky. :)
Daniella Brodsky is the author of six novels published by Penguin, Random House, and Simon & Schuster, one of which has been adapted by Disney as the film, Beauty & The Briefcase, starring Hilary Duff.
Daniella teaches at ANU’s CCE and at her Captain Cook Studio. A native New Yorker, she lives in Canberra, where she is writing her next novel, The Book Code, which has been awarded a 2012 Varuna fellowship.
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