A Special Place for Women (Hardcover)
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“One of the smartest, sharpest, and funniest books I’ve read in years... Some books are meant to be devoured—this one does the devouring.”—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
One of Summer 2021's Most Anticipated Novels
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It’s a club like no other. Only the most important women receive an invitation. But one daring young reporter is about to infiltrate this female-run secret society, whose bewitching members are caught up in a dark and treacherous business. From the author of Happy and You Know It.
For years, rumors have swirled about an exclusive, women-only social club where the elite tastemakers of NYC meet. People in the know whisper all sorts of claims: Membership dues cost $1,000 a month. Last time Rihanna was in town, she stopped by and got her aura read. The women even handpicked the city's first female mayor. But no one knows for sure.
That is, until journalist Jillian Beckley decides she's going to break into the club. With her career in freefall, Jillian needs a juicy scoop, and she has a personal interest in bringing these women down. But the deeper she gets into this new world—where billionaire "girlbosses" mingle with occult-obsessed Bohemians—the more Jillian learns that bad things happen to those who dare to question the club's motives or giggle at its outlandish rituals.
The select group of women who populate the club may be far more powerful than she ever imagined.
And far more dangerous too.
About the Author
Laura Hankin is the author of Happy & You Know It. She has written for publications like McSweeney's and HuffPost, while her musical comedy has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. She splits her time between NYC, where she has performed off-Broadway, and Washington D.C., where she once fell off a treadmill twice in one day.
“Smart and witty.”
“A genre-bending tale perfect for readers who love romance, mystery and mysticism.”
“This book is a wild ride.”
“Fun, fresh and entirely worthwhile.”
“A funny story of mean girls, society groups and possible witches.”
—Parkersburg News and Sentinel
“The best kind of satire, taking real-life absurd ideas to their most logical—and sometimes scariest—extreme.”
"Fans of clever, witty women’s fiction with some family matters and a touch of romance will appreciate this unique story."
“If you’ve harbored curiosity or skepticism about secret societies or clubs, “A Special Place for Women” by Laura Hankin will be right up your alley.”
“One of the smartest, sharpest, and funniest books I’ve read in years. A novel that will keep you on the knife’s edge between dread and delight, turning pages late into the night. Some books are meant to be devoured—this one does the devouring.”
—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
“This book has everything—intrigue, fun, wild twists and so much heart...I loved it.”
—Ella Berman, author of The Comeback
“Whip-smart, acerbic, and absorbing...even more of a joy to read than her brilliant previous book.This one is not to be missed.”
—Stephanie Wrobel, author of Darling Rose Gold
—The Nerd Daily
“A page-turning tale of ambition, power, and spirituality.”
—Hannah Orenstein, author of Head Over Heels
"A story that will make you laugh, gasp and reconsider the depths of your own tote-bag feminism—from a writer so endlessly charming and witty, you can’t even be mad at her for it."
—Megan Angelo, author of Followers
“Feminism, astrology, and politics merge in this funny, high-stakes story...hilarious, fast-paced, and so very original.”
—Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions
"A smart, insightful novel about a secret female only social club. Laura Hankin delivers huge belly laughs alongside deep truths that will make you think long after finishing."
—Brenda Janowitz, author of The Grace Kelly Dress
"Told with a rare blend of humor and insight, this is the perfect read for anyone who wants to escape and be entertained!”
—Saumya Dave, author of Well-Behaved Indian Women