FICTION

She Regrets Nothing

Atria. Feb. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781501155987. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501155994. F
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Dunlop (Losing the Light) tells the tale of the culture clash between town and country cousins. At her mother's funeral in Michigan, Laila discovers that she has an entire family of wealthy cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents living a glamorous life in New York City. After a failed marriage, Laila moves in with her cousins and is bowled over by their lifestyle of expensive fashions, partying, and summers in the Hamptons. Laila knows some of the family secrets, so her envy of her relatives' easy and sheltered lives and family fortune builds dramatic tension. The wealthy New York family members are enviable in their youth and good looks, although many of them are unsympathetic and shallow, even cruel, using their beauty and power to manipulate others. When the family is torn apart by brutal violence, they find that their money and fame can't shield them from tragedy and loss.
VERDICT Readers who follow New York trends will enjoy the stories of fashion, clubs, and restaurants Dunlop builds to a gripping climax while delving into questions of family, loyalty, lust, wealth, power, and betrayal.

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