Shoe Addicts Anonymous

Beth Harbison

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“Kick off your Keds (unless you’re driving) and meet a motley group of D.C. women who bond over designer shoes. It’s chick lit with heart and sole.” —People magazine


Four different women. One common shoe size.

Helene Zaharis’s politician husband keeps her on a tight leash and cancels her credit cards as a way of controlling her. Lorna Rafferty is up to her eyeballs in debt and can’t stop her addiction to eBay. Sandra Vanderslice can’t leave the house and pays her shoe bills by working as a phone-sex operator. And Jocelyn Bowen (who barely knows a sole from a heel) is a nanny for the family from hell and will do anything to get out of the house.


And a shared lust for fabulous footwear…

On Tuesday nights, these women meet to trade shoes and, in the process, form friendships that will help them each triumph over their problems—from secret pasts to blackmail, bankruptcy, and dating. Funny, emotional, and powerful, Beth Harbison's Shoe Addicts Anonymous is a perfect read for any woman who has ever struggled to find the perfect fit.



“Reading this novel is like eating a slice of cake.” —Publishers Weekly


Read an Excerpt


Sex in a box. That's what it was. Spine-tingling, heart-stopping, decadent sex in a box.

Lorna Rafferty pushed the tissue aside, and the heady smell of leather filled her nostrils, sending a familiar tingle straight through her core. The feeling--this thrill--never got old, no matter how many times she went through the ritual.

She touched the tightly stitched leather and smiled. She couldn't help it. This was wicked pleasure at its sensuous, tactile, hedonistic best. It made her skin prickle from head to toe.

She ran her fingertips along the




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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Beth Harbison's novel Shoe Addicts Anonymous. Four different women. One common shoe size. And a shared lust for fabulous footwear.



Praise for Shoe Addicts Anonymous

“Enough heart (and sole) for beach readers and foot fetishists alike.” —Entertainment Weekly


 “Harbison’s latest is a captivating, sparkling tale, filled with wit and charm…an engaging novel not to be missed.”—Romantic Times


“A fun, chick-lit romp about four women with the same shoe size and passion for footware.”—The Orange County Register


“More fun than a pair of Manolos, more exciting than some Prada platforms!”—Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social-Climber’s Handbook


“Start to finish—or heel to toe, as the case may be—Shoe Addicts Anonymous is an entertaining read…”—Memphis Flyer


“I love women’s friendship novels—especially ones where nobody dies!  Shoe Addicts Anonymous is uplifting and funny.  A real page-turner.  I guarantee you’ll be rooting for these four women.”—Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of The Great Escape


“A group of women with one common habit, spending a fortune on shoes…Great book!”—Wisconsin State Journal


“Shoe lust brings four very different women together in this funny, poignant, and unforgettable novel. I’d love to come to the next meeting.”—Celia Rivenbark, author of Rude Bitches Make Me Tired


“I read it addictively (ignored my children, forgot to eat) in one sitting.” —Valerie Frankel, author of It’s Hard Not to Hate You


“I was hooked from the first page and read it in one sitting—I couldn’t put it down…Shoe Addicts Anonymous was a pleasure from start to finish.”—Marian Keyes, bestselling author of The Mystery of Mercy Close

In the Press

Fiction Review: Shoe Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison / Author . St. Martin's $21.95 (327p) ISBN 978-0-312-36468-7

Arriving just in time for beach-read season, the effervescent hardcover fiction debut of cookbook author and romance novelist Harbison features four D.C.-area women who meet weekly to swap and chat

- Publishers Weekly

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  • Beth Harbison

  • BETH HARBISON is the New York Times bestselling author of Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger; When in Doubt, Add Butter; Always Something There to Remind Me; Thin, Rich, Pretty; Hope in a Jar; and Secrets of a Shoe Addict. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, and now lives a quiet home on the eastern shore.

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Shoe Addicts Anonymous

Beth Harbison



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