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Good Christian bitches
Gatlin, Kim
Adult Fiction GATLIN

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In search of a fresh start, newly divorced Amanda Vaughn returns to her childhood home, a prosperous Dallas suburb. Instead of the elegant Christian town she remembers, however, Hillside Park has become an ostentatious "snoburb" populated by pretentious socialites who while away their time botoxing, buying out Neiman Marcus, and spreading malicious gossip during daily prayer circle. These spiteful muckrakers, the Good Christian Bitches of the title, are threatened enough by the return of the beautiful and wholesome Amanda that they set out to turn her life into a veritable hell. Verdict Despite the catchy title and trendy Desperate Housewives-meets-Sex and the City premise (the book has in fact been optioned by Darren Star, whose golden touch put the sparkle in SATC, Melrose Place, and Beverly Hills 90210), Gatlin's debut is a disappointing mishmash of stereotyped characters, stilted dialog, and shallow values. The characters are obsessed with labels and bank balances, and the book is a tiresome exercise in unfettered consumption. Of possible interest to Texans who may enjoy identifying the thinly veiled Dallas environs. Other than that, there's nothing to like here.-Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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