With our focus on all-things-stylish-and-local, it should come as no surprise that we’d be intrigued by a local author’s new novel that’s set in San Francisco and obsessed with style.
An ideal volume to throw in your beach bag or girl-out with while sneaking a much-needed lunch alone in the nearest park, Nancy’s Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith ($15) is an easy, breezy read that managed to suck us in with its San Francisco references, chick lit ‘tude and love drama-rama.
The story follows semi-neurotic, won’t-settle-for-anything, style-obsessed socialite Nancy Carrington-Chambers as she leaves her boorish husband and the appalling McMansion they’ve built on the Peninsula and escapes to the City to launch her new party-planning business. Within weeks of leaving her Stepford Wives-existence behind her, Nancy is wrapped up in a page-turning web of drama. Along with an irrepressible attraction to her clearly-very-gay, but also-very-hot British assistant, there’s a new child that unexpectedly arrives in her life, as well as a vodka-guzzling mother and two-faced high society types to contend with.
We’ll leave the plot at that, but suffice to say there’s a little sex, a lot of money and some good old fashioned backstabbing rolled into the tale. Yes, there’s a happy ending and, yes, it’s ultimately kind of predictable. That said, getting to the final page was no less entertaining because of it.