But Bushnell, who will depart on a major book tour and has another novel due in a year, has already interested some real-life film types in “Trading Up.”
“When I was eight years old, I said, ‘I will live in New York and be one of those women like Jackie Susann and Helen Gurley Brown,’” she says. “I knew my fate. I’m like a character in one of my own books.”
And with “The Devil Wears Prada” thriving, and “Bergdorf Blondes” on the way, Bushnell herself has become a role model for New York’s ambitious — and often blonde — scribes.
“Do all these girls want to be me, really?” she purrs, sweetly. “I don’t think that’s true. And besides that, I’m not going to trash anybody. And you know why? Because these days I’m nice, generous and loving. That’s what marriage can do to you.”