THE COUGAR CLUB
McBride attacks the double standards women face in a youth-obsessed society with style and humor. She's created three equally likable, accomplished women. Two of their stories are dynamic and intriguing, and the third starts off strong but never quite gets off the ground.
In one day, 40-something Kat Maguire is fired from her job at an advertising firm and breaks up with her noncommittal 20-something boyfriend. Seeking the comfort of her family, Kat flies home to St. Louis and reconnects with two old friends, Carla Moss and Elise Randolph.
Carla is St. Louis' most trusted news anchor, but she's currently too worried about the younger morning anchor who is trying to replace her to enjoy her young boyfriend. Elise is a dermatologist with empty-nest syndrome who suspects her husband is having an affair, but that doesn't stop her from thinking about one of her patients. While Kat tries to put her life back together, Carla attempts to save her job and Elise gets to the bottom of what is going on with her husband, each woman learns that aging gracefully doesn't mean throwing in the towel. (AVON A, Feb., 320 pp., $13.99)