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Manhattan, the coldest night of the year -- six best friends rush to attend a celebration. Blown by wind and snow, the women arrive flushed, each caught in midadventure....
Tonight's the night of nights -- to rejoice in a new lover, leave an unfaithful husband, or decide to have a baby on one's own. These "six in the city" profes-sional women fight for their female choices. Sparks and zingers fly across the table....Love lives, secrets, and friendships go up in candle flame.
Who will win -- the romantics or the realists? How can working women triumph in such trying times? While the cell phones chime and the biological clocks rewind, the friends enact a timeless ceremony. Here is our urban "friends-as-family" generation -- Beautiful Bodies is a dazzling comedy of manners in the grand tradition of Dorothy Parker and Mary McCarthy.

The New York Times Book Review Wonderfully entertaining and wise....A freely chosen love life that Cunningham captures so well...a gifted and generous writer.

The New York Observer Makes one want to shower Ms. Cunningham with kisses....Its little universe calls to mind Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway...luminous and dark, funny and sad, airy and filled with meaning.

Diane Johnson author of Le Divorce Brilliant female portraits.

Kirkus Reviews Urban thirtysomethings dissected with wisdom, literary skill, humanity and knowing humor. More please.

Bookreporter I inhaled this book in 48 hours flat...if you are looking to be absorbed and diverted, you couldn't do better.

Booklist Pleasure of the first rank. Impossible to put down.

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