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Iris is trying to make a new life for herself, but her old life just isn't cooperating. In the middle of her divorce, she moves to New York to take a new job. After a few weeks, though, she is laid off and left single, broke, and lost in the city. When she reluctantly agrees to spy on the husband of her friend's sister, she finds herself in the middle of a madcap romantic comedy. Iris' miscommunications, the obvious plot "twists," and the gay best friend-stylist will seem familiar to any reader of chick lit. However, it's all done with such a light touch that even the predictable is enjoyable. Lipton has a day job as an editor for a fashion magazine, and sprinkled throughout the novel a careful reader will find great tips on hair and makeup. An author's note at the end adds even more helpful hints on how to fix the beauty dilemmas Iris faces throughout. Marta Segal
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'Smart, sassy and impossible to put down. Readers will love Lauren Lipton' - Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot; Edition Unstated edition (October 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446697842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446697842
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lauren Lipton is the author of the novels It's About Your Husband and Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, and a freelance journalist covering style, beauty, business and trends.

Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Woman, Ladies' Home Journal, In Style Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Best Life, Conde Nast Portfolio, Glamour, Marie Claire, Fit Pregnancy and Working Mother; on Forbes.com and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She began her career at the Los Angeles Times.

Visit her at www.laurenlipton.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Orio on January 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Once started--I could not put the book down. I read it--start to finish--in one day, and found myself laughing out loud 'watching' Iris, the well-meaning heroine deal with the foibles of life; the demise of her marriage, perhaps that of a quasi-friend, among the fellow citizens in New York and with a parent who embraces their own faults to the frustration of a distant daughter.

Each character was woven with threads of people that I feel I have known at some point or another in my life. Ms. Lipton writes with the authority of a journalist and the creativity of an artist. The delightful result is a well written story that is at once comfortable, spellbinding, fun and fresh.

LOVED the unexpected twist at the end and hope Ms. Lipton's next book is as enjoyable as her freshman novel.

I encourage you to buy this book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol Goodman on November 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
Iris Hedge is one of the funniest, most engaging modern heroines I've met in ages. Her plight through divorce and joblessness in the big city will ring true to any young woman who's had to refashion her life and her presumptions. When she finds herself unemployed she takes on the job of spying on her friend's sister's husband. She makes a few wrong assumptions, but then, so do we--just when we think we know where the book is going, it surprises us and Iris, in the end, DOES get it right. Along the way, we learn how to wear heels without getting blisters and what shade of lipstick will really work (and how not to dye your hair!). I loved the picture of New York City that emerges--it's a real Valentine to the city and to the resourceful young people who come there every year to find a second chance. Beneath all the humor and fashion tips, this is a wise and mature book. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Lipton!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on November 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Lauren Lipton has spent half of her life as a journalist, primarily as a newspaper reporter. In this, her first venture into fiction writing, she has shed the constraints that bind a journalist to accurately report news stories and has shown a real talent for creating her own. The result is an enchanting tale about the transformation of Iris Hedge, California Girl, into Iris Hedge, New Yorker.

At a time in her life when her marriage is falling apart, Iris is offered the chance of a lifetime --- to get a promotion and work for a marketing company in New York City. The move from the San Fernando Valley is a little scary but exciting in view of the opportunities it will provide. Unfortunately, she barely gets settled into her incredibly expensive studioette when she is "restructured" right out of her new job at Hayes Heeley Market Research. So instead of the glamorous job she envisioned, she is now attending "Job-Hunting Tools for the Twenty-first Century" classes sponsored by the New York State Department of Labor.

Fortunately, she was able to make some friends before she lost her job and looks forward to spending time with Val and Vickie, twins who have only their beautiful looks in common. Val is fun-loving, frivolous and flirtatious, while Vickie is married, meticulous and melancholy. Vickie suspects that her husband, Steve, is cheating on her. Therefore, she hires Iris to "get the goods on him" so that she can get the goods from him.

This results in a series of miscommunications and cover-ups that could have had disastrous repercussions if it were not written as a comedy of errors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thirty-one years old Iris leaves her husband in Los Angeles to move to New York where she starts a new job as a research marketer. However, her new position fails to pan out and she is fired. She barely survives on unemployment checks as long as she stays on a low cost diet.

Vickie offers Iris a chance to earn money under the table; she wants Iris to trail her spouse Steve, whom she believes is cheating on her. Iris accepts the job, but fails as a sleuth as Steve catches her. Outraged at the lengths Vickie went to, Steve blackmails Iris to do his bidding or else he will cause her trouble like she has never seen. He expects her to help him enact a sweet revenge scenario to shake up his spouse.

Though over the top with the premise that Vicky would hire an amateur and Steve could "blackmail" the amateur, fans will still appreciate this insightful look at starting over. Iris is a fascinating character as she will remind readers of the Doors' song People are Strange; the audience will empathize with her fears and especially her loneliness. Iris makes IT'S ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND worth reading as a sad sack sleuth struggles at being the stranger in the strange town.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dramatist Digest on March 24, 2008
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This is by far one of the best books I have read in a long time. I read it a few months ago but saw the need to post a comment.

At end of the day delivering a deftly crafted book suited to the palate of the respective genre is the aim of any writer. Ms Lipton has done this remarkably well.

For the first time in ages I had to try and pace my reading of the novel or I would have read it off in a few hours. Even then i ended up "rereading " the last few chapters " repeatedly". Yes it is that good and it is not only good "chick lit" fiction but a very good novel.

It is a simple storyline but well developed, The characters are rich and strong and also expertly developed. The book is riotously funny, not slapstick just plain good ole' humour.

Since reading this book I have been trying to get more books by this author but her next novel is not slated to come until 2009

A long wait but if its anything like this one it will be worth every minute of it
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