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Buzz Book Club: The Conclusion of Four Blondes

Welcome back Buzz Book Club readers! The time has come to bid farewell to the characters of Bushnell's world in Four Blondes. It seems fitting that the final story in this book would be the most autobiographical (although I have no idea if Bushnell ever went to London looking for love) because she seems most at home with this character.

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. 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.

And stay tuned for the announcement of my June book club selection!

To discuss the final section of Four Blondes (in which we read to the end of the story titled "Single Process,"


  1. After the first three stories, I found this last one to be a bit of a relief! I found it funnier and easier to enjoy than the others, so I think it's my favorite of the four. Now that all four have been read, which story was your favorite, and why?
  2. Comparisons between Americans and the English run rampant in this story. What do you make of all these sweeping statements (i.e. it's "easy" to find a relationship/husband in London, English men are "bad in bed" and talk too much, etc.)? Do see truth in any of these? And is Bushnell saying anything in particular in bringing up all these stereotypes?
  3. Near the end, the married-with-children English friend, Mary tells the narrator that she envies the single career woman and sometimes feels invisible. Then she describes the "black fantasy" married women have (that their husbands die while they are still young, leaving them "free"). I wonder where Bushnell got this idea, or if she actually knew women who told her that. What did you make of this section?
  4. Do you like Bushnell's style of writing and her depiction of modern women? Did you find Four Blondes to be a nice, light, breezy read, or not so much?
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LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
I also found the last character to be a relief, I'm not sure I could have taken another completely messed up woman. It was easier to read than the other chapters, I agree. As for all the English men vs American men jazz, I hadn't heard any of that before. I got to say overall I am SO disappointed, I too love Sex and The City so I was really excited to read something by Bushnell, but after this I pretty don't think I'll be reading anything by her again.
adw7984 adw7984 9 years
1. This story was a relief....maybe because it was the shortest! This one was my favorite because it seemed to flow better than the other stories. 2. I honestly had never heard any of these stereotypes. Maybe Bushnell is just trying to give us a grass is always greener scenario. For all we know, maybe the English think the same things about Americans. 3. I again had never heard that fantasy. I also have not been married yet so I don't know if this is true. I think throughout all of these 4 stories, Bushnell plays on the fact that people always seem to want what they don't have in any situation. 4. I actually did not like her style of writing. This was the first book I read of hers, but I love Sex and the City. I had never read it though and this book certainly doesn't have me running out to read any of her other books. I read a lot of "chick lit" and I think that other authors do a much better job of depicting modern women and make the book a light read.
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