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Dumping Billy
Goldsmith, Olivia.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2004]

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544 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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"Thorndike Press large print basic series."
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From the late author of the bestselling The First Wives Club comes a delightful modern-day battle of the sexes--dished up with scathing wit, hilarity and plenty of attitude.

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 called "Dumping Billy" for his track record of dating and dumping women whose next romantic partners will marry them. A crew of former Brooklyn high school chums try to exploit this for their friend Bina, but the key character here is Kate, who has moved to Manhattan and believes she is beyond such schemes and goals. Goldsmith's usual wit is best exemplified by the "posse" of minor characters, including the now requisite gay male buddies, and much of the book is less about romantic sparring between the sexes than Kate's angst over the melding of her Brooklyn past and new Manhattan airs. Bernadette Quigley successfully creates the female voices, but her males are locked in preadolescent tones. A bit off the late Goldsmith's usual genre, but entertaining for libraries with a large female clientele seeking light comedy.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.