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Trading Up

By: Candace Bushnell
Narrated by: Mira Sorvino
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Publisher's summary

Janey Wilcox wants to be on top. Not since author Candace Bushnell created Carrie Bradshaw and Sex and the City has there been a heroine like Janey Wilcox, the protagonist of Bushnell's extraordinary new drama. Janey is a beautiful yet struggling social climber determined to survive in New York City society. Listeners first met Janey in Bushnell's international best seller 4 Blondes. Now, everyone's favorite character is back, with a major modeling contract, a Porsche Boxster, and big plans.

As Janey attends the hottest party in the Hamptons, the listener is drawn into a seemingly glamorous world of $100,000 cars, hunky polo players, media moguls and relationships whose hidden agendas are detectable only by the socially astute. But look out! As Janey is pulled into this world of too much money and too few morals, unseen forces are conspiring to bring down. Janey Wilcox is too young and too beautiful to fail, however.

Trading Up is a hilarious tour de force by the writer who made Manolo Blahniks a household name. As entertaining as it is searingly observant and bitingly witty, the novel takes aim at a world in which one can never be rich enough, well dressed enough or high enough in the social pecking order. Like Jane Austen or Edith Wharton, Bushnell lovingly skewers a society she knows well, and brings listeners inside the heads and conversations of characters who could have come right from the pages of Vanity Fair. Listeners will love following Janey as she rises, falls and picks herself up again and again.

©2003 Candace Bushnell (P)2003 Hyperion
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  • Categories: Romance

Critic reviews

"Satisfyingly dishy and as addictively readable the second time around." (Booklist)
"[Busnell] takes readers inside Manhattan society with her trademark verve, sass, wit and sex." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Featured Article: Sex and the City Character Guide


Sex and the City is an essay collection by Candace Bushnell that forever changed the cultural conversation about womanhood, relationships, and, yes, sex. Bushnell created the column "Sex and the City" for The New York Observer in 1994, and framed it as a humorous take on dating in Manhattan based on her own experiences. If that sounds familiar, you’re on the right track. Yes, it was exactly like the column Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw wrote on the hit television show Sex and the City, which made its dazzling entrance on HBO in 1998 and still hasn't left the pop culture scene.