Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 64.
- Review Date: 2007-03-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Conklin's acidic debut takes on "master class husband-hunter[s]" prowling the Big D. Ex–New Yorker Jenny Barton, 29, works halfheartedly for the Wall Street Journal's Dallas bureau, recovering from her recent split from also-journo Rafe. Rafe has taken up with Meg, an aging, very wealthy, very nasty, very married Dallas woman—prompting Jenny to go native and catch a rich Texan. Lessons from relentlessly blonde paralegal and divorcée extraordinaire Aimee and friends follow, including an injunction for Jenny to hide her Jewish background from Baylor Jones, heir to a ranching dynasty. Tepid Texas quips ("That's a Texas girl, always thinking about appearances") mix uneasily with "geek chic" Jenny's sharper observations. (May)
Winning hearts in Texas
College football isn't the only sport in Texas. Husband-hunting has its own fanatic devotees, as a group of women work ruthlessly to net themselves men with major bank accounts. Big hair, bigger boobs and Botoxed brows as far as the eye can see are quite a culture shock for 29-year-old Dallas transplant Jenny Barton, a Wall Street Journal reporter (as author J.C. Conklin was earlier in her career) from New York.
The fish-out-of-water (or, in this case, perhaps the cattle out of the pasture) story told in The Dallas Women's Guide to Gold-Digging with Pride serves as a hysterical guidebook to Texas customs as Conklin sees them. The goal of all this husband-hunting is to be in "tall cotton," defined as nabbing a seriously bankrolled boyfriend who effortlessly pops a ring on your finger and doesn't require a prenup. Good thing Jenny, juggling a bad boy and an über-religious guy simultaneously, has a gaggle of mentors, including her gold-digging roommate Aimee (who, post-divorce #1, is onto an awkward billionaire with whom intimacy requires popping a handful of prescription pills).
The fast-paced book flies by in a flurry of designer labels and blond hair, but there's meat in this mealnotably, the issue of what happens to half-Jewish Jenny in highly Christian country.