Books: Four Play

More tales about sex and the city but a lot less witty

Anyone still smarting from being left off Vanity Fair's "It" list can surely commiserate with Janey Wilcox. The lead character in the first of the four novellas that make up Candace Bushnell's 4 Blondes (Atlantic Monthly Press; 245 pages; $24) is a former model and "lukewarm" celebrity with "the kind of hair that made people look twice" and "a soft, girlish voice that despite her stunning face and figure...was really her secret weapon." But behind the white teeth and fake breasts is a woman in turmoil. In her early 30s, she is single, past her modeling prime and afflicted with a...

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