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Rich, thin and selfish in Manhattan

Wednesday Martin’s Primates of Park Avenue mocks New York’s high-maintenance ‘mommies’ who worry sleeplessly over money, infidelity and dieting. But they are a much stranger breed than this memoir makes out

18 July 2015

9:00 AM

18 July 2015

9:00 AM

Primates of Park Avenue Wednesday Martin

Simon & Schuster, pp.256, £16.99, ISBN: 9781476762623

The scene: a funeral parlour in New York. Doors clang as a family relative, the ‘black sheep’, saunters in halfway through his brother’s eulogy and brazenly strolls down to the front pew, ignoring the scandalised glances. He’s late, a whisper spreads, because he had a meeting with director James Toback.

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