By Ashley Prentice Norton
Set in Nineteen Eighties Chicago and at the East Coast, this electrical debut chronicles the connection among an impossibly wealthy chocolate heiress, Babs Ballentyne, and her delicate and bookish younger daughter, Bettina. Babs performs via no one’s ideas: bare Christmas playing cards, lavish subject matter events with lewd installations at her Lake Shore force penthouse, nocturnal visits from her married lover, who “admires her centerfold” whereas his spouse sleeps at their close by domestic.
Bettina desires not anything extra than to win her mother’s affection and approval, either one of which end up elusive. whilst she escapes to an elite New Hampshire prep university, Bettina unearths that her unorthodox upbringing makes it tricky to slot in with her friends, certainly one of whom occurs to be the son of Babs’s lover. As she struggles to forge an id except her mom, Bettina walks a superb line among self-preservation and self-destruction.
As humorous because it is scandalous, The Chocolate Money is Mommie Dearest, Prep, and 50 colors of Gray all rolled into one compulsively readable book.