DEAR PRINCE CHARMING
Kauffman's characters have really done it now. This wild and wacky tale of hoaxes and lies is a charming and fun loving romp. Kauffman's gift for the absurd
Workaholic publicist Valerie Wagner is banking everything on the successful launch of the new magazine Glass Slipper. The real coup has been getting the reclusive but extraordinarily popular advice columnist "Prince Charming" as spokesperson for the launch. Everything seems to be on track—until the extremely handsome "Charming" (aka Eric Jermaine) gets cold feet. While Eric loves giving advice, he is also hiding a huge secret.
Sportswriter Jack Lambert has been Eric's best friend since they were kids and is willing to do anything to help him out of a jam. Since Jack is also devastatingly sexy, Eric suggests Jack become the public face of Charming while Eric continues to write the actual advice. With the launch of the magazine imminent, Valerie is desperate enough to reluctantly agree to the wild scheme. But will they be able to pull it off?
(Aug., 387 pp., $11.00)
Jill M. Smith