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Lipstick Jungleby Candace Bushnell
"If I had a daughter (the kind who wouldn't punch me in the face) I wouldn't want her taking Candace Bushnell characters as role models. The women of Lipstick Jungle are much smarter and more appealing than the women of Four Blondes — they love their work and not only the rewards of it — but they are still too one-dimensional. They're the kind of girls who don't have interests, only goals. But better them than the hapless, passive heroines of more skilled writers like Ann Beattie, Tama Janowitz and Melissa Bank, characters who depend on men not only for their emotional well-being but for their jobs and their rent." Ann Marlowe, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)
Synopses & Reviews
The new novel that fans of the bestselling author have been waiting for, about three sexy, powerful career women who will do anything to stay at the top of their fields.
Victory Ford is the darling of the fashion world. Single, attractive, and iconoclastic, she has worked for years to create her own signature line. As Victory struggles to keep her company afloat, she learns crucial lessons about what she really wants in a relationship.
Nico O'Neilly is the glamorous, brilliant editor of Bonfire Magazine — the pop-culture bible for fashion, show business, and politics. Considered one of the most powerful women in publishing, she seems to have it all. But in a mid-life crisis, she suddenly realizes this isn't enough.
Wendy Healy's chutzpah has propelled her to the very top of the cut-throat movie industry. When it becomes clear that a competitor is trying to oust her, something has to give — and Wendy must decide between her career and her marriage.
In Lipstick Jungle, Bushnell once again delivers an addictive page-turner of sex and scandal that will keep readers enthralled and guessing to the very last page.
"Though Bushnell's fourth book opens in familiar Sex and the City territory — a fashion show in Bryant Park where attendees sport Jimmy Choo and Baume & Mercier — the novel quickly takes off for deeper waters. For once, men — how to get them, how to keep them — aren't Bushnell's central focus, and her three main characters, all women in their early 40s, are surely her richest to date. Two of the three are married with children; all are at the top of their field. Wendy, a movie executive at the Miramax-like Parador, struggles to finish a potentially Oscar-winning flick while placating her unemployed hubby at home. Nico, editor-in-chief at Bonfire magazine, juggles the Machiavellian politics of her corporate parent-company with the needs of her naf boy-toy lover and her savvy Columbia professor husband. And while fashion designer Victory Ford may date a Mr. Big-like character, she takes the relationship lightly. Most of her energies are directed to saving her business, which has fallen on hard times since she launched a new, more innovative line. Bushnell herself won't face the same problem. There's plenty of the old razzle-dazzle to satisfy her fans. Her characters lunch at Michael's, go on dates to the Whitney Biennial and shop for ponies at the Palm Beach Polo Club. There's a make-out session in a bar bathroom, panty ripping on a kitchen countertop and many frank descriptions of urban sexual mores. But Bushnell's emphasis on female friendship and career ambition may also win her a legion of new readers. Her characters want 'the sweet, creamy sensation of power,' and it's Bushnell's account of how they got it, and how they keep it, that will really keep readers turning pages. Expect a splashy debut, followed by a long run of sales. Agent, Heather Schroder. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Readers who want to immerse themselves in the trendy world of New York's high society will find themselves at home in this scintillating novel." Booklist
"These women...share a deep streak of unhappiness that Bushnell's too-easy happy ending does not erase. If this is having it all, who wants it?" Kirkus Reviews
"Bushnell does herself a disservice by not giving us even one male character who inspires lust or even the slightest romantic fantasy....
"Bushnell's new novel will not disappoint her many fans....Although the novel has its share of awkward plot machinations, Bushnell is skilled enough to create likable yet strong characters who ultimately draw in the reader. Recommended." Library Journal
Three powerful, sexy career women will do anything to stay at the top of their fields in this page-turner of sex and scandal from the author of Sex and the City.
It's a jungle out there. Dress accordingly. In her fourth book, Candace Bushnell brings readers close to three powerful New York City women, each at the top of her field, each navigating her way through work, relationships, success, and scandal. Nico O'Neilly is the ultimate executive--glamorous and always in control--until her marriage loses steam, and she is tempted to find refuge in the arms of a younger man. Wendy Healy, president of Parador Pictures and mother of three children, may not be able to save her most important production--her family. And Victory Ford, a wildly successful fashion designer and girlfriend of a billionaire, begins to question love and money--why shouldn't a woman be as rich as a man?
About the Author
Candace Bushnell is the author of the international bestsellers Sex and the City, 4 Blondes, and Trading Up. She has been a columnist for the New York Observer and was a contributing editor for Vogue. She lives in New York City.
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