Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kelly Bensimon's New Novel Sounds Eerily Familiar
“The Real Housewives of New York” star Kelly Bensimon’s new work of “fiction” rings eerily familiar.

The 48-year-old reality star’s foray into novel writing, “A Dangerous Age,” hits stores on Tuesday. 
And what it lacks in originality, it makes up for in subtext and innuendo.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

The book — which is, to say the least, inspired by “Sex and the City” and the “Real Housewives” franchise — is set within the decadent inner circle of the art-world bubble.

Bensimon’s story revolves around a quartet of desperate fortysomething women struggling to compete with younger, hotter newcomers for the attention of art stars and the billionaires who buy their work.

Between literally getting their vaginas rejuvenated at J Sisters and taking yoga classes with Uma Thurman’s younger brother, the women plot their survival in a Champagne jungle.

The specter of “Real Housewives” hangs over the novel like an aging party girl over a cosmo at closing time.

Lucy, the Bensimon stand-in, is a former model whose husband hasn’t touched her in ages. One character is a foodie trying to peddle a book and another is an actual socialite trying to claw her way onto a reality show.

At one point, Lucy warns the aspiring reality star: “Do you know how mean they can get on these shows?”

Or, as Bensimon told Andy Cohen on the 100th reunion special, after her three seasons on “RHoNY”: “I was toxic. You couldn’t touch me.”

Bensimon pointedly doesn’t mention “Real Housewives” in her intro or author bio, yet thanks Cohen and Bravo for “giving me so many opportunities."
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