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"Party Girls," by Diane Goodman

Literary Etiquette Lessons

party girls, by diane goodman!

In Miami Beach, there’s always an excuse to throw a party. (Bedazzled pasties? Hurray!)

So it’s no surprise that local author Diane Goodman used the city as the backdrop for her new book, Party Girls. The nine-story collection examines the social scene (expectations, behavioral norms) from the perspectives of its seven heroines. Between the lines, each leading lady offers sometimes-unorthodox but always-invaluable hosting advice. Here’s a sampling.

“Beloved Child”
An unnamed narrator teaches us that cooking for your boyfriend’s lover is no fun — especially if you’re not willing to add some extra spice.

“CandyLand”
Known to her colleagues as Candy Ass, an oblivious banker reminds us that the office is just like high school: If you’re a nerd among your peers, no one will show to your party.

“Dancing”
After realizing her distracted beau spent the previous night at a bar with a younger girl, Lucy remains calm at dinner with his family. Instead of shooting him (like she fantasizes), Lucy offers the girl a ride home at the end of the evening, proving that kindness is the best weapon.

Party on, girls.

Available online at amazon.com, $12.

Photo: Courtesy of Autumn House Press

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