A posh New York apartment building on Park Avenue is home to the rich and famous: Sidney Sapphire, the blond anchorwoman of ABC News; Angela Somoza, the gorgeous Nicaraguan jet-setter; Bob Horowitz, the former chairman of the United Jewish Appeal; and the usual collection of banking and industrial CEOs, Wall Street magnates, and white-haired philanthropists. Vinnie Ferretti, the Brooklyn-born doorman, joins the ranks when he becomes a major fashion designer.
The co-op board, rich as clotted cream, sips gin in the afternoons and devises ways to keep out anyone deemed "inappropriate". Stifled resentments come to a head when some suspect the board of more discrimination toward prospective buyers than might be legal.
"Battles of race, religion, and ideology give an edge to this cozy chronicle....A warmhearted, generously imagined New York story. (Publishers Weekly)
"Leff's debut has all the elements of an Austenian novel of manners." (Village Voice)
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