READ EXCERPT: 'The Debutante Divorcee,' by Plum Sykes


Plum Sykes brought her readers into the world of privileged Mahattan socialites with her debut novel, "Bergdorf Blondes," while making them laugh, too. She does it again with her second book, "The Debutante Divorcee," where the glamorous newlywed narrator takes up with a far more glamorous new divorcee.

Sykes says she got the idea for the book while covering stories for Vogue magazine.

"I would always see these fab girls arriving out at midnight at Bungalow 8 looking incredible, and I would say, 'who's that?' " Sykes said. "And someone would tell me, 'Oh, she just got divorced yesterday.' And I couldn't believe it. She wasn't at home moping or crying, she was out having the time of her life. And I loved that concept."

Below is an excerpt from the first chapter of the book.

Chapter One: Lost-Husbands Edition

Married girls in New York these days put almost as much effort into losing husbands as they once didinto finding them. It's not uncommon for husbands to be mislaid almost as soon as the honeymoon begins. This is a particular hazard in locations like Capri or Harbour Island, where the glamour quotient of the early-morning beach gang rivals that of a front row at a Valentino couture show. Some husbands, like Jamie Bellangere, get forgotten as early as Barbados airport, an airline terminal so social it is considered perilous for new spouses to pass through even a whole year after marriage. As the twenty-six-and-a-half-year-old former Mrs. Jamie Bellangere always says in her defense, of course she forgot to get Jamie into the hotel's courtesy car! The concierge from Sandy Lane had just called her with a message from the Douglas Blunketts saying that they expected her on "the tub" for dinner at eight! ("the tub" being Blunkett slang for their 150-foot sailing yacht, Private Lives). Meanwhile, that lethal little airstrip in Mustique is even more notorious than Barbados: marriage vows tend to slip a new bride's mind right at the bamboo baggage carousel. This is usually because Mick Jagger has just invited her to dinner, which tends to happen the second a new wife's plane has landed.

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