FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF “DEATH AT SEAWORLD,” OPTIONED FOR A MAJOR 10-PART NETWORK SERIES.
Love, Life, and Loss in the Stratospheric Upper Reaches of High-Society New York
Megan O’Malley is a working-class, aspiring journalist from Ypsilanti who moves to New York City and is unexpectedly hurled into the madness of uber-rich Manhattan, with its competitive consumption, preposterous pretensions, massive financial fiefdoms, and the over-indulged wealthy, whose hordes of help keep the silver polished, the chateaubriand perfectly cooked and the martinis exquisitely dry.
Megan is soon swept off her feet by the city’s most celebrated wealthy bachelor, Rexford Bainbridge, III, better known in the gossip columns as “Sexy Rexy.” When he proposes to her, Rex’s stunned circle of friends, including a cabal of Type-A socialites, reluctantly agree to take the decidedly down-market Midwesterner under their comically pompous wings and guide her through a massive makeover.
As Megan pursues her dream of journalism, she must navigate a brave new life of ridiculous opulence, relentless snobbery and stinging ridicule, mostly directed at her. When everything comes crashing down, she is shunned by the ladies who lunch. Can Megan claw her way back to respectability and financial stability, while also delivering a fitting comeuppance to her mentors-turned-tormentors? This rags-to-riches-to-rags social satire unearths the dark, hilarious underbelly of class warfare in contemporary Manhattan.
David Kirby is a New York City-based author and journalist who has spent a considerable amount of time rubbing elbows with the social elites who comprise the world of UPPER EAST BRIDE. While serving as Public Information Director at the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), he accompanied Elizabeth Taylor around the world, mixing with movie stars, TV celebrities, royalty, media moguls and other very rich people, most of whom were really quite nice.
In addition to writing for The New York Times, Huffington Post, UPI, Discover Magazine, Glamour, Art News and several other publications, David is the author of four investigative nonfiction books published by St. Martin’s Press. This is his first novel.
“Tired of politics and the state of the world? Want to escape? Then this is the book for you. Imagine Real Housewives and Downton Abbey rolled into one. In these pages, you'll find High Society, world-class snark, and cameos from the ultra-famous. I read an advanced copy of this during the pandemic, and it was just what the doctor ordered. Reading this book is like sipping a sparkling rosé on a yacht in the Hamptons...or so I imagine. Megan is a Midwesterner thrust into a world she never dreamed of when she gets engaged to a man the tabloids call "Sexy Rexy." But the New York Elites are not having it, and try to sabotage Megan at every turn. You can never count our heroine out though. Our girl Megan has some tricks up her sleeve, and New York Society may never be the same.”
—Kristen Hall, Five Star Review on Goodreads.