Babette is going to target Ponce, everyone's friend. Ponce is the spare wife. She had been married to the very rich, and very controlling Lee. Once she got her law degree, she left him in an acrimonious divorce. Years later they befriended again, and she stayed on to nurse him through his final illness. Since then she works for foster children, goes her own way, and forces wears sex. She is the spare wife, that rare woman who befriends both husband and wife. She plays companion to them both, standing in when the other is bored or busy. But she has a deeply held secret.
Babette, an assistant editor, with huge ambition and few scruples knows the secret. She is willing to play all of her cards. She wants the money and the status that Ponce has, and she doesn't want to wait.
I enjoy a book set in a world of wealth and power. Every once in a while it is fun to have a luxurious setting for my reading. I agree with Didion and believe that Witchel does a nice job on casting a fresher eye on an admittedly time worn plot. Witchel gives us some finely turned character development, and I am a fan of her writing. Ponce and Babette are portrayed at a multidimensional level that I wouldn't have predicted given the plot line. The book was fun and good company on a winter day.