by Daphne Uviller
At twenty-seven, Zephyr Zuckerman is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up. By day she fantasizes about saving the world. One day she finds a cure for Aids. Another day she is a lawyer saving the poor and downtrodden. By night she crashes parties with her friends. Her parents burst Zephyr's fantasy bubble. They ask her to act as superintendent of their Greenwich Village apartment building when the old superintendent is led away in handcuffs. Instead of dreaming about saving the world Zephyr dreams about a morning where she does not receive a 6 a.m. phone call from one of the tenants. Zephyr enlists the aid of a sexy exterminator to help her figure out why a tenant's dryer won't vent. (It's a good excuse to get to know him better.) While they try to solve the venting problem they find a secret staircase from the old superintendent's apartment to the apartment on the floor above. But it's a combination of her party-crashing habit and jury duty that causes the FBI to suspect her of working with the mob and the mob to suspect her of working with the FBI. Uviller created a cast of flawed and lovable characters. Besides Zephyr there's Tag, who organizes the party crashing. Lucy, who looks for the love of her life by writing notes on $10 bills. And Mercedes, a world-class violinist, who snags a celebrity boyfriend. -- recommended by Donna G. - Eiseley and Walt Branch Libraries
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