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Title:
Dumping Billy
Author:
Goldsmith, Olivia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Warner Books, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
323 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780446531108
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Summary

Summary

The bestselling author of The First Wives Club delivers a modern-day battle of the sexes-dished up with scathing wit, hilarity, and plenty of attitude. There's something magical about Billy Nolan. It's not just that the Brooklyn bar owner is wickedly handsome; it's also that any woman he dates and dumps-and he dumps them all-immediately goes on to marry the next person she meets. But Kate Jameson is immune to Billy's charms. She left Brooklyn for upward-mobility in Manhattan at the first chance she got, and she's not about to fall for some cad from the old neighborhood. But when her best friend Bina's engagement is broken off, Kate hatches a plan: All she has to do is get Billy to date and dump Bina. Then, they'll wait for Bina's wayward fianc to return and for the magic to happen. But the one thing Kate hasn't counted on is how Billy feels about the whole plot-and how she begins to feel about Billy. She may have changed her style, but her roots are showing.


Author Notes

Author Olivia Goldsmith was born Randy Goldfield in Dumont, New Jersey in 1949. She attended New York University and became one of the first partners at the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in New York. After she divorced her husband, she moved to London, changed her legal name to Justine Rendal, and became a writer.

Her 1992 debut novel, "The First Wives Club" became a best-seller and was made into a movie in 1996. In her stories, there's a transformation of the main character and, according to Goldsmith, "In the Olivian universe, everybody gets what they deserve." Besides novels, she wrote articles for The New York Times and Cosmopolitan and wrote children's books under the name Justine Rendal. She received the Woman of Vision Award in 1997. She died from complications related to anesthesia on January 15, 2004 at the age of 54

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Katherine Kate Jameson is proud of how she made the break from her Brooklyn roots: she earned her Ph.D and now works in an exclusive Manhattan school. She has never introduced her old, tacky Brooklyn group to her new, sophisticated friends, especially Elliot, whose gay sensibilities would find the Brooklyn brood uncouth--or so she assumes. Her worlds collide, however, when her Brooklyn friend Bina gets dumped instead of engaged. Bina breaks down in front of Elliot and his classy partner, Brice, and to Kate's amazement, they prove very helpful. Bina, despite her provincial ways, has always been a wonderful friend, which is why Kate blanches at the plan Elliot and Brice hatch: Bina must date the gorgeous Billy Nolan, get dumped, and then marriage to her ex will surely follow. As the shenanigans unfold, Kate hopes Bina doesn't get hurt along the way and that her own feelings for Billy stay beneath the surface. This is Goldsmith's final novel, released only months after her untimely death this past January, and it contains all of the elements that have made her so famous and loved in the first place: wacky heroines exacting revenge on the male species. Fun, silly, and sure to please her fans. --Mary Frances Wilkens Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Kate Jameson has outgrown her Brooklyn gang: Bina, Bunny, Barbie and Bev, aka the Bitches of Bushwick. While the Bs still go for French manicures and (gasp) matching furniture, Kate has embraced the urbane life. She has a Chelsea apartment and a neat job as school psychologist at Andrew Country Day "in the best neighborhood in Manhattan." But when Kate meets bad boy bar owner Billy Nolan in her natal borough, she instantly wants to get Brooklyn back into the girl. He's hot for her, too, but fate intervenes in the form of Kate's best friend, Elliot Winston. Elliot and his boyfriend, Brice, are determined to keep Kate from committing romantic folly yet again. In a plot twist that the late Goldsmith (The First Wives Club, etc.) might have called Queer Eye for the Straight Goy, Elliot notices that every time Billy dumps a girl, she marries the next guy she dates. So instead of following heart and loins to Billy's bed, Kate helps Elliot engineer a match between Billy and Bina, whose putative fiance, Jack, went to Hong Kong without giving her the anticipated diamond. Minor complications abound, as Bina dates Billy but falls for someone else, and Kate's burning jealousy blinds her to the truth long after the reader sees it. Goldsmith's fans will perhaps forgive the almost farcical absence of reality; others may resent not only the illogic but also the stereotyping of gays, Jews, working-class Catholics and nearly everybody else. If Goldsmith had affection for her characters, she hid it well. Agent, Tina Andreadis. (May 12) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Billy Nolan is a devastatingly handsome local bar owner with a reputation for dating and dumping women; the irony is that each woman he drops finds a new man and quickly marries. Kate Jameson is heading out to celebrate the engagement of her best friend, Bina, to Jack. Unfortunately, Jack has other ideas and breaks up with Bina before she can get him to the altar. Commiserating about the perils of dating and marriage, Kate hatches a scheme to have Bina meet and date Billy, sure that after he dumps her, a marriage proposal from Jack will be forthcoming. Got all that? It won't surprise anyone to discover that in spite of trying to do a good deed for a friend, Kate herself becomes completely smitten with Billy. Readers familiar with the contemporary wacky romance genre (e.g., Jane Heller, Jennifer Crusie, and Susan Elizabeth Philips) won't find anything new here; however, owing to the popularity of Goldsmith's previous best sellers (e.g., The First Wives Club) and news coverage of her unexpected death, there is sure to be demand. A necessary purchase for popular fiction collections. [Dumping Billy has been optioned by Universal Pictures.-Ed.]-Margaret Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.