When a frazzled New Yorker who is mad, bad and dangerous to know lands in Asia, life is never quite the same again - for anyone . . .
'I can see my glass is half full . . . but, of course, I did order a double.
Fran Lebowitz cheerfully admits that she is intergalactically self-absorbed, a little crazy and really, really hard to please - just ask her eternally patient and bemused husband, Frank. But when her life in the fast lane falls apart - again - it's time for a miracle.
Reeling from the worst week of her life, topped off by her most important client stabbing her in the back, Fran realises that she's almost forgotten what her family looks like. She wants out of the rat race and her hectic life as a literary agent - and time to be herself, a real wife and mother to her two small children.
Good old Frank delivers what seems the answer to her prayers - to escape for three months to Singapore while he does some business. But what starts out as a little break and a very big culture shock for all concerned marks the hilarious beginning of the end of the old Fran - and a whole new life.
This is unreliable memoir at its best, drawn from the real life of one Fran Lebowitz, a broad who really knows how to grab life by the scruff of the neck. There's a little bit of fiction and a lot of fact, if you're thinking of adopting Frank, be warned - he's very real and Fran doesn't like to share.