First and foremost THE COUNTESS is a book of humor. Yet it reflects a style and wit long since missing in today's dark world. While a fictional character, the Countess is drawn from the women we have known and been fascinated by for decades. Flamboyant women, who lived large and uninhibited. The Barbara Hutton's, Helena Rubinstein's and Tallulah Bankhead's come easily to mind. Outrageous and outspoken, the Countess utilizes Dorothy Parker-esque wit and innuendo to skewer her foes and reward the reader with sly chuckles and laugh-out-loud joy. There could be no Auntie Mame without the grand scale and jubilant spirit of the Countess. Read THE COUNTESS and succumb to her spell.