24-Karat Kids

A Novel

Dr. Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart

St. Martin's Griffin

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Meet Dr. Shelley Green, newly minted pediatrician.  After graduating from medical school at the top of her class, Shelley is hired by Madison Pediatrics, the most exclusive practice on New York’s Upper East Side.  Hyper-parenting has reached epidemic proportions, and Madison Pediatrics is its over-privileged epicenter.  Shelley, a superb doctor with a kid-friendly touch and a genius for diagnosis, quickly becomes the Upper East Side’s latest must-have accessory, the darling of the fabulously-wealthy-with-kids crowd.  Now this self-described “schlumpy girl from Jackson Heights” is slimming down, dressing up in Fendi and Prada, and weekending in the Hamptons, and Arthur—her adorable schoolteacher fiancé—is left baffled by the changes.
Enter Josh Potter, the blue-blooded hunk who never seems to have his check book around.  What he does have is charm, connections, and enough sex appeal to set Shelley’s head spinning.  Before long, Shelley’s plate is way too full: men, medicine, and meddling mothers.  Can she handle it all without losing her soul—and her fiancé?  Dr. Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart have teamed up to deliver a delicious dose of fiction, brimming with acerbic wit, dead-on-satire, and, finally, poignancy and heart.

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Chapter One

“What is that?” I asked the waiter, looking down at what looked like four giant gumballs floating in tomato soup. The waiter was young and had a nice smile, but I quickly realized that he spoke less English than I did Azerbaijani. Mom piped in before I had a chance to resort to sign language.

“Shelley, be adventurous,” she said, looking at me over the top of her glasses-on-a-string. She stabbed a gumball with her fork and popped it in her mouth. I thought I detected an instant of shock before she gamely chewed . . . and chewed .

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Praise for 24-Karat Kids

"And you thought The Devil Wears Prada was good?  Wait until you start this delicious un-put-downable book!" –Kitty Kelley
 
"A guilty pleasure—and a tart antidote to the culture's worshipful obsession with the very rich."  –Anita Diamant
 
“A light read, but a fun one—every bit as compelling as The Nanny Diaries.”
Entertainment Weekly
 
“A delightful book that deliciously dishes on rich, overindulgent parents."
The Washington Post
 
“Feeling poorly? Treat yourself to a full dose of 24-Karat Kids.   A nostrum, a kick, a pick-me-up—so pick it up and take it home. Call me in the morning if you can't stop laughing.” -Gregory Maguire, author of  the New York Times bestsellers Wicked and Son of A Witch
 
“The most fun I’ve ever had in a doctor’s office.” —Nancy Lieberman, author of Admissions
 
“Shelley Green is one of the funniest, warmest heroines I’ve ever met.  I was rooting for her all the way!” —Vicki Lewis Thompson, author of the New York Times bestselling Nerd series
 
"Dr. Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart are writing about a milieu I know well, and their take on it is fresh and very entertaining." —Woody Allen
 
"Dr. Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart have written a very funny and occasionally biting fictional account of a young doctor's plunge into big time Manhattan pediatrics and upper East side glitz.  It has the ring of truth and I found it thoroughly entertaining."  —Jonathan Newhouse, Conde Nast International

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Dr. Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart

Dr. Judy Goldstein is one of the leading pediatricians in Manhattan and has appeared in New York magazine’s “The Best Doctors in New York” in 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2005.  She was selected as one of the Best Doctors in America in 2005-2006.  She has a thriving Upper East Side Practice.
 
Sebastian Stuart has written screenplays, business books, and has had dozens of productions of his plays. His first novel was The Mentor, a psychological thriller.

Dr. Judy Goldstein
Sebastian Stuart

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24-Karat Kids
A Novel
Dr. Judy Goldstein and Sebastian Stuart

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312343286
ISBN10: 0312343280
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$18.99

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429904797
ISBN10: 1429904798
304 pages
$7.99
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