More Gumption, Less Gucci | In Recession Some Wives Get Real

The authors Sarah Strohmeyer, above, and Jill Kargman have hit on recession-era narratives with privileged characters who must change. Welcome to the chic lit world of simple pleasures.

Living| Chick lit — and hen lit for the over 40 crowd — has morphed into stories about the lives of chic women now devastated by America’s economic woes. Gone are Manolo shoes and Venti lattes. Welcome to the world of hedge fund wives on the financial ropes.

Will chick lit ‘go soft’ on us, with jaded, shallow women finding spiritual and self-realization redemption? In the case of the Moderns, it depends on our economic recovery. 

We rare read about a chic lit heroine who wore birkenstocks.