Question: Who is the intended audience?
Answer: Ladies 11+ who love style, fashion, entertaining and decorating.
Q: What is the book about?
A: Mean girls grown up–it is a witty novel that is also beautifully illustrated much like The Official Preppy Handbook.
Welcome to the world of Social Climbers…
where the society season kicks off at the opening night of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Main Line ladies compete to get their names on committees, invitations and their picture in the newspaper.
SC Elizabeth Quinn is a young lady determined to make it to the Philadelphia A-list. Each invitation (or snub) is a benchmark of her struggle. While Elizabeth is a SC, she lacks the ferocity of the ladies she will encounter. She’ll see schoolyard cruelty, just polished up for the grown-up world and now finely honed into small humiliations.
Friends from The Agnes Irwin School and Lake Forest College, Kitty and Elizabeth, are “mean girls” grown-up. They use their clique of friends and polished possessions to pick away at each other’s Social Standing. Sadly, their anger stemming from a boy they both liked in High School and neither married keeps them from seeing what is truly important in life.
Follow Elizabeth to afternoon tea and photo-ops. See if she chooses the right children’s names and the proper label to wear and display. Find out how she learns the difference between Jimmy Choo and Kate Spade, the language of nicknames, when it’s alright to brag about a bargain or wear costume jewelry, what to monogram (not toilet paper), who to idolize (Babe Paley) and what constitutes taste in music, nail polish.
Read about husbands who are an asset and the husbands who are a handicap. In the SC world, marriage and motherhood and a comfortable income are indispensable as a proper pedigree. For Elizabeth, the honeymoon was simply breathing space before the real work began.
Elizabeth strives to be a socialite but also something bigger. But what?
Q: Why are you the best person to write this book?
A: I have sat on over 30+ charity committees.
Beth Dunn grew up and attended Etiquette school on Philadelphia’s Main Line. By the time she was 12, she’d learned that white gloves had nothing to do with the weather. At 18, she’d changed from a private girl’s school uniform into a debutante ball gown.
After college, (which included a semester in Zimbabwe) she worked in publicity and public relations representing Philadelphia and national clients.
As a married lady, she discovered that while ground rules for social “acceptance” may have changed since her school days, the ladies definitely hadn’t. Sick of cliques, cruelties and mean girls grown up, Beth Dunn was motivated to write about them.
A Philadelphia Junior Leaguer, awaiting membership in the D.A.R., serving on 20+ charity committee’s, she currently lives in Mays Landing, New Jersey with her husband and two young sons.
Q: How is this book different from other books on this topic?
A: It isn’t about New York City Society–but rather Philadelphia, the reader can escape into the world of Social Climbing.
Q: Is there anything else we should know about this book?
A: It’s fun!