by Ayelet Waldman
REVIEWED BY SUE CORBETT
This oddly engaging soap opera follows the travails of unlikable types including overindulged Manhattanite Emilia Greenleaf, her wealthy lawyer husband and his shrewish ex-wife. The death of Emilia’s baby launches her into a bout of “obsessive self-pity” but she’s not so sad she can’t do lunch at Nobu or shop at Barneys. Though the plot moves at a nice clip, reading about professional whiners behaving badly is like listening to gossip about people you don’t know.