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Gotham Diaries:
A Novel

By Tonya Lewis Lee

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ISBN 10: 1401308023
288 pages

The national bestseller, now in paperback, from the writing team that Publishers Weekly calls “the Edith Wharton of new black money.”

Deception, desire, and betrayal. And that’s just the first page! From the boardroom to the bedroom, from the coolest scenes to the hottest spots, Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal McCrary Anthony invite you to enter the world of the super rich, the super powerful, and the super sexy.

Gotham Diaries introduces:

Manny Marks, who reinvented himself from his humble Southern beginnings to become a bon vivant Manhattan real-estate broker. Now corrupted by the city’s hype, he’s learning the hard way that everything has a price tag — even his soul.

Tandy Brooks, a fading society queen on the brink of financial ruin who has friends in possession of everything she needs to keep her afloat in the shark-infested waters of Manhattan — it’s just a matter of usurping it.

Ed Thomas, a self-made man of power and prestige with refined tastes in art, music, literature, and women, but his roguish ways mean he has to face his own demons or risk losing the one possession he treasures most — his wife.

Lauren Thomas, an accomplished African-American princess who believed in the fairy tale when she married Ed for love, temporarily putting aside her own dreams and ambitions to be a doting wife. But is love enough to sustain her?


“Lee and Anthony provide enough romance, self-doubt — and fashion tips — for women jonesing for Sex and the City. They know readers just gotta have it.” —Newsweek

“A juicy roman à clef . . .” —O, The Oprah Magazine

“This juicy foray into New York’s African American society features scheming characters who rival anyone you’ll read about in the tabloids.” —Glamour

“An evocative and gripping tale.” —Ebony Magazine

“A decadent romp that’s sure to entertain while reminding readers that money isn’t everything . . . You’ve got the perfect escape package, whether your destination is the backyard, the bathtub or the beach.” —People

“Ambition, Betrayal and Class are the ABCs of this millennium tale of Edith Wharton proportion. Gotham Dairies is a thrill ride that keeps us wondering as to when just deserts will be served and whose claws will be used to eat them.” –Brian Keith Jackson, author of The Queen of Harlem

“This titillating debut novel is irresistible; a richly absorbing tale of Manhattan?s upper crust, packed with sex, lies and backstabbing, and a heroine you?re truly rooting for. Gotham Diaries is written with heart and intensity, and describes a luxurious world few ever have the opportunity to glimpse.” –E. Lynn Harris

Gotham Diaries is a poignant and deeply moving exploration of love and intimacy, race and class within the African-American community at the dawn of a new century.” –Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


“The flash of the paparazzi?s cameras nearly blinded Manny as he and Tandy sauntered down the red carpet to the entrance of the Museum of Harlem?s annual gala. Manny lived for these events, especially this one, which was the signature African-American soc

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Gotham Diaries:
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