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Buzz Book Club: Four Blondes, Section Three

Welcome back Buzz Book Club readers! We're now three stories into Four Blondes, and somehow I'm not surprised that she gave us an honest-to-goodness princess in the section we read this week. I suppose after former model and magazine editor, it's the next logical place to go, right? Sidenote: I really think Candice Bushnell's at her best when she's writing in the first person. The story raised a few questions for me and I can't wait to discuss.

If you're new to the Book Club, this is how it goes: every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in May). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.

The next assignment: Finish the book by completing the final story titled "Single Process." We'll chat about the final section a week from today, Friday, May 30.

To discuss the second section of Four Blondes (in which we read to the end of the story titled "Platinum,"

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  1. In the story, Cecelia has achieved everything that Janey (from the first story) was striving for and probably would have envied — she literally married a wealthy prince and became a socialite. And yet, even in this lifestyle, she's not only miserable but drowning in a kind of paranoia. Do you think Bushnell is making a statement about the goals these women have for themselves?
  2. More than the others, this story focuses on female friendships — but just like the male-female relationships so far, they aren't particularly healthy or happy. In fact, in both Cecelia's past friendship with Amanda and her current friendship with Dianna Moon, there is a sense of unhealthy obsession and an emotional instability on the parts of all the women. What do you make of these friendships? Are they meant to just highlight how alone Cecelia is because of her lifestyle, or do you think Bushnell is saying something about female friendship overall?
  3. I found it difficult to discern many redeeming qualities about Cecelia, and I also found her to be an unreliable narrator in many ways because she is so unstable. And yet, there is one moment of clarity for Cecelia that I was really on board for: when she stops and ponders whether she's ever done anything without the help of a man. It's these moments when Bushnell questions sexual politics and gender roles that I find her writing most appealing. And yet, these musings come to us by way of the most mentally unstable character of all the blondes so far. What do you think of this?
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adw7984 adw7984 7 years
I think that the grass is always greener on the other side. Janey thought being a socialite would be the best thing; but Cecelia is proving that is not always correct. We always want what we don't have and once we achieve it we may realize it isn't what we wanted at all. At the end of the story Cecelia seems to be okay with her life; she realizes it is what it is. I think Cecelia likes it when people are obsessed with her, I think that is why she has a friendship with Diana Moon. Also it seems that Diana is unstable as well and they work well together. I actually didn't like this story any more than the other ones; the reason is because of the random capitalization. I think that a good writer can make her point without capitalization. This really bugged me throughout the story.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 7 years
I hate to say it, but so far Cecelia was the only one, who wasn't completely unredeemable to me. In a way, that is. I think during her few lucid moments, she realized that she is unstable and crazy. And maybe the therapy will help. I think Bushnell is definitely making a statement about the goals of these women. Kind of saying with Cecelia, look she achieved status, but she is still miserable. Showing us, that if you are already unhappy with who you are before, achieving these extremely shallow goals, is not going to make you a better person in the end. Did anyone else think Dianna Moon was Courtney Love?! I felt she was realiable as a narrator, but I felt she was so unstabled, it was definitely clouded. I felt like I was as stoned as she was during certain parts.
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