Wives Like Us: A Novel (Hardcover)
“Wives Like Us made me laugh so hard I actually knocked over my lamp. Can a book be so wickedly smart, so effortless, so chic and hilarious that you would stumble through the night to find a new lightbulb just so you can keep reading way past your bedtime? In a word, yes." —Kevin Kwan
Take a grand English country house, one (heartbroken) American divorcee, three rich wives, two tycoons, a pair of miniature sausage dogs and one (bereaved) butler; put them all into the blender and out comes the impossibly funny Wives Like Us, the new novel from the best-selling author of Bergdorf Blondes and Party Girls Die In Pearls, Plum Sykes.
If you think the English countryside is all green wellies, muddy Land Rovers and grey-haired ladies in tweed, then you’ve never visited ‘The Bottoms.’
Welcome to the rose-strewn county of Oxfordshire, and the tony Cotswold villages of Little Bottom, Middle Bottom, Great Bottom, and Monkton Bottom, recently annexed by a glittering new breed of female: the Country Princess.
Following a ghastly row about a missing suite of diamonds, Tata Hawkins has flounced out of Monkton Bottom Manor with her daughter, Minty, and Executive Butler Ian Palmer in tow, decamping to The Old Coach House to teach her husband Bryan a lesson.
But things don’t go to plan: Bryan disappears to Venice with a bikini designer; Selby Fairfax, the glamorous American divorcée who has inherited the beautiful estate next door, is refusing Tata’s overtures at friendship; Tata’s best friends, Sophie Thompson and Fernanda Ovington-Williams, are distracted by their own heartache, and the posh Pennybacker-Hoare sisters are plotting to prevent Tata regaining her crown as Queen of the Bottoms. Worst of all, Ian has nowhere to store his collection of vintage Gucci loafers.
Will Tata ever return to the comforts of the Manor? Will Selby find her Prince Charming? Will the Pennybacker-Hoares prevail? With the help of a pig farmer-ess moonlighting as a Personal Assistant, a male model moonlighting as a stable hand and a London barrister moonlighting as a gentleman farmer, can Ian restore harmony to The Bottoms?
About the Author
Plum Sykes was born in London and educated at Oxford. She is the author of the novels Bergdorf Blondes, The Debutante Divorcée, and Party Girls Die in Pearls. She is a contributing editor at World of Interiors and American Vogue. She lives in the English countryside with her daughters.
“WIVES LIKE US may be set in the most gorgeous English manor house, but I’d happily sleep in the shed if it meant I could tag along with these marvelous characters—Tata, Minty, and their chic and crafty butler.” — Jenny Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Pineapple Street
”A fabulous and funny bucolic romp—Plum Sykes does it again.” — Hannah Rothschild, author of The Improbability of Love
"A stiletto-sharp look at the glamorous end of the Cotswolds. I loved it!" — Katie Fforde
"I absolutely adored Wives Like Us, I thought it was so fun and funny, a romp and a riot—and a glorious dollop of much needed escapism." — Daisy Buchanan
“Delectable. . . . The silly, lovable heroines at the heart of this satire are mostly paired up anyway—but what’s to stop them from hunting for husband number two? Sykes sets the modern-day measures of social influence (Instagram followers, bikini line start-ups, glam teams at one’s beck and call) against the traditional Cotswold landscape of manor houses and horse stables, and the result is a delightful mash-up: a loving portrait of a social milieu that recognizes the value of tradition but is also perpetually chasing what’s new.” — Vogue, Best Books of the Year So Far
“A rollicking murder mystery. . . . a wildly entertaining romp. . . . Laugh? I died.” — Vogue on Party Girls Die in Pearls
“As fizzy and moreish (Britspeak for ‘delectable’) as a glass of pink champagne, this murder mystery by a fashionista turned fiction writer uncorks a detective series set at England’s august Oxford College. . . . But this novel is more than a chick-lit whodunit. In the telling, Sykes, an Oxford alum herself, lays bare the institution’s arcane norms and reconstructs the scene of a crime against humanity: the over-the-top decadence of the Material Girl era.” — O, the Oprah Magazine on Party Girls Die in Pearls
“Take one posh university, mix in a queen bee, throw in a murder, and you’ve got a mystery that makes Heathers look almost snoozy.” — Cosmopolitan on Party Girls Die in Pearls
“Into the blender go Anita Loos, Bridget Jones, Sex and the City, and Clueless; out comes a diabolically amusing concoction.” — New York Times on Bergdorf Blondes
“Perfectly pitched—playful, funny, satirical and sweet. I laughed out loud many times.” — Anna Wintour on Bergdorf Blondes