The Art Of Social War: A Novel by Jodi WingThe Art Of Social War: A Novel by Jodi Wing

The Art Of Social War: A Novel

byJodi Wing

Paperback | November 18, 2008

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New York career woman Stacey Knight marries James Makepeace just as she learns he's been offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to run a major Hollywood studio. There's one catch: they must relocate to Los Angeles. Will Stacey be lost in translation, or will her hard-earned New Yawk survival skills prove yet again, as Ol' Blue Eyes so often said, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere?

The unwitting newlyweds land in a Technicolor high-stakes Social War, pursued by ruthless power brokers in the film demimonde. What's a girl to do when the promise of a glittering blockbuster future descends rapidly into film noir despair? At once seduced and repelled by the rigid caste system and predatory aspect of Hollywood life, Stacey navigates a sea of confusing social obstacles and extremely bad behavior. Empowered by 2,500-year-old military strategist Sun Tzu's The Art of War, Stacey takes control of the War Game and learns that they must adapt to survive and attack if they are to thrive.

Jodi Wing lives in Los Angeles with her husband.The Art of Social Waris her first novel.
Title:The Art Of Social War: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:November 18, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061568244

ISBN - 13:9780061568244

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I am a confirmed chick lit freak! and I have gone on the record as mourning the apparent demise of the genre. I was thrilled when I discovered The Art of Social War, a firt novel by author Jodi Wing. I liked the basic premise of this chick lit - if you can't join them - beat them - but in a subtle, smart way - hence the references to Sun Tzu's The Art of War. I had never really paid much attention to the original Art of War, but after reading this book, it made me interested in discovering more! This is just another example of how the book world can expand everyone's horizons - I mean, a chick lit book got me interested in reading the classic the Art of War!!!! However, back to our chick lit book. Our main character Stacey has just gotten married and finds herself living in la-la-land that is Hollywood - she also finds herself pitted up against an old movie studio and all that the movie biz entails - things are not going smoothly and after an extremely long period of "poor me, poor me", Stacey decides to fight smart! I liked this chick lit, but I found that the whole self-pity, trying desperately to fit in went on for too long. I finally cheered when Stacey finally figured it out! I like my chick lit to have strong-willed, smart heroines! I also thought that the story moved at a slow pace at times - which removed some of the fun for me. On the other hand, the writing was fun and some of the situations were deliciously set up. I don't know if its because I am getting older! but I found the print in my copy of this book to be sooooo tiny - This was a good read.
Date published: 2008-12-28

Editorial Reviews

“A sassy, out-spoken woman in Hollywood?  What’s not to love?  I couldn’t put this book down.”