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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

Buy Love Monkey for $4! "Hilarious"--Maslin, NY Times. "Exceedingly readable and wickedly funny romantic comedy"--S.F. Chronicle. "Loud and brash, a helluva lot of fun"--Entertainment Weekly. "Engaging romp, laugh-out-loud funny"-CNN. "Shrewd, self-deprecating, oh-so-witty. Smith's ruthless humor knows no bounds"--NPR

Buy A Christmas Caroline for $10! "for those who prefer their sentimentality seasoned with a dash of cynical wit. A quick, enjoyable read...straight out of Devil Wears Prada"--The Wall Street Journal

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    Back to a “Mad Men” World?

    By kyle | September 24, 2008

    Candace Bushnell’s new book says, about today’s Manhattan women: They want to get married and have babies–while they’re still in their 20s. Which doesn’t bode well for unmarried women in their 30s who thought they were supposed to put their career first. I can see a divide forming between the two groups. “Sex and the City” creator Bushnell, in her new novel “One Fifth Avenue,” compares 2008 Manhattan to the 1998 model:

    “Every girl wants to get married now,” Lola tells Philip. “And they want to do it while they’re young.”

    “I thought they wanted to have careers and take over the world by thirty,” he responds.

    “That was older Gen Y. All the girls I know want to get married and have kids right away. They don’t want to end up like their mothers.”

    “What’s wrong with their mothers?”

    “They’re unhappy. Girls my age won’t put up with unhappiness.”

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