Ten Things I Love About You
By Julia Quinn
According to her author bio in the back of the book, Ms. Quinn is a Harvard and Radcliffe graduate. Being a product of a state university in the Deep South, I am kind of awed by Ivy Leaguers. Just to be smart enough to get admitted there is a major life accomplishment.
And Ms. Quinn’s IQ shows in every one of her books. I don’t mean that she spouts off about quantum mechanics, although (unlike me) I bet she knows that that is. I mean her dialogue is brilliant. You can really believe that these are witty, stylish members of the Haute Ton carrying on their clever conversation, swapping bon mots with ease. Seriously, some of her interplay is Oscar-worthy. (That would be as in Wilde, not Hollywood.) You have to love a grandmother who tells a heroine to marry the Earl and fool around with the heir on the theory that “If you have the wrong baby at least it stays all in the family.” Very Lady Bracknell.