Because Georgina’s father, Michael Bloomberg, is not only a billionaire, and not only the mayor of New York City, home to the publishing world, but also a media magnate, she is allowed to write a book and have it published, and she didn’t even have to dig deep for the story: She wrote it about herself. The A Circuit, Georgina’s new young-adult novel, is about a billionaire father who “owns half of New York,” and has two daughters: the eldest an Ivy League grad; the younger, an equestrian — just like Mayor Mike, his overachieving older daughter and Georgina, respectively. In addition to being a published author, Georgina owns six horses — one injured her last year — to the dismay of her father, who once sighed, “How you make a living doing that, I don’t know.” The same thing happens in the book.
In the New York Times, Georgina is painted as something of a rebel because she once “told a documentarian that ‘having the last name Bloomberg sucks'” and bitched in the newspaper about her asshole ex-boyfriend, like any enterprising young punk would do.
The similarities between Georgina’s life and her novel are played as cute by the Times:
Asked whether the character of Rick Aaronson, the billionaire businessman who has a standing tennis date with the mayor, was based on her father, she fumbled with her coffee cup, which landed on its saucer with a clatter, and erupted into nervous laughter.
“Yes, O.K., a lot of people could see similarities,” she said, adding that she was trying to write about a young person proving herself to her family. “I think that’s something that hopefully people see as kind of a universal idea, not just something that’s, oh, this is about Georgina and her father.”
Finding an audience for the book — which “returns, again and again, to the peculiar burdens of being the child of a billionaire” — does not seem to be a worry for Georgina, who left for her Bermuda house, near her father’s, on the day her work was published, yet another action, unique among authors according to her publisher, that speaks to her rebellious streak.
“I’ve always thought of myself as bad and pretty much been told that I was bad,” she said. She doesn’t mean at writing.
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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 31, 2011