Amy Sherman has a nice apartment in Manhattan, a good job as publicity director at a publishing company, and a decent social life. Then she runs into Tara Messer, prom queen and Amy's ex-best friend. It's been four years since Tara stole Amy's fiancé, and Amy swore she'd stop playing second fiddle to spotlight-hog Tara. Or so she thought. Tara, now married to the man who broke Amy's heart, is a lifestyle guru with her own book deal - and Amy gets tapped to be her publicist.
At first, Manhattan financial planner Melanie Banks adores Dan Swain, her pro-football player husband who has a sexy Oklahoma drawl to go with his athletic good looks. But then his career comes to a screeching halt, and he spends the next few years out of a job, seemingly unconcerned about it. Suddenly, she's the one bringing home the bacon and falling out of love with the paycheck-devouring, couch-sitting mooch. Divorce is the answer, she decides - only to learn she has to fork over alimony while he lives like a prince on her income, and she has to share custody of their precious dog.
In this issue: "Opening Doors" by Jelani Cobb; "The Big Uneasy" by Nathan Heller; "Sting of Myself" by Jane Mayer; "The Metamorphosis" by Joshua Rothman; "Descendants" by Laura Miller.