By Iris Owens
Harriet is leaving her boyfriend Claude, “the French rat.” That at the least is how Harriet sees issues, no matter if it’s Claude who has simply requested Harriet to go away his Greenwich Village condo. good, a technique or one other she has no purpose of leaving. on the contrary, she is going to remain and particular revenge—or might have if Claude had now not had her unceremoniously evicted. nonetheless, notwithstanding moved out, Harriet isn't really approximately to maneuver on. no longer whatsoever. Girlfriends circle round to patronize and recommend, yet Harriet simply takes offense, and it’s effortless to appreciate why. simply because mad and maddening as she might be, Harriet sees prior the well mannered platitudes that everybody else is content material to spout and stay through. She is an unblinkered, unbuttoned, unrelenting, and particularly bitingly humorous prophetess of all that's flawed with women’s lives and hearts—until, in a shock twist, she reveals a savior in a dismal room on the Chelsea resort.
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