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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575665646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575665641
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,284,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Booth's latest novel (after Marry Me), the saga of a Martha Stewart-like lifestyle guru's tempestuous life, is a for-fans-only effort. In 1970, 20-year-old Kate Haywood, who has "Nordic features chiseled like the ice floes and fjords in which her Viking ancestors had sailed," is a waitress at center-of-everything-hip Max's Kansas City in Manhattan. There, she meets her future husband, literary agent Peter Haywood, who soon turns her good design/fashion/cooking sense into an empire from which the egomaniacal Kate later excludes him. Driven away by Kate's tantrums, Peter leaves her and their daughter, Sam, for her scheming assistant Ruth, knocking Kate into a depression that nearly destroys her business network. Running parallel to this story line is the doomed marriage of Steve (an artist) and Donna (a surgeon), who split when Steve blames Donna for their young son's accidental death. After Kate has rebounded from her own divorce and saved her business, she and the proud but sensitive Steve fall in love in East Hampton. But is her company safe from the backstabbing Ruth? Is Peter gone forever? Booth's melodrama spins merrily on, but the cliche-ridden prose keeps it strictly humdrum. Set in a world where sexually aroused men's voices are "husky," efficient business women look "cucumber cool" and a choice at a forked road will "change her life forever," this uninspired romance fiction lacks panache.
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A glamorous Sixties model marries, has children, starts her own business?and then watches it all fall apart. From the author who has taken us from Malibu to Palm Beach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
While I've never been a fan of Pat Booth's novels, this one is especially bad. While the premise is good (a pseudo-Martha Stewart changes from sweetheart to "queen of mean"), Ms. Booth skips years at a time. One page the heroine is young, madly in love with her husband, the perfect mother and perfect wife. The very next page -- 20 years have flown by and Kate has become a person that the reader doesn't recognize. None of the people in the novel are very nice. I didn't really care about any of them or what happened to them. This isn't even a good "beach" book though it could have been. Better luck next time.
I read the first review of the book and expected to find a literary gem (or at least hoped to find one). That reviewer must have been her agent.
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Format: Audio Cassette
Kate, a glamorous New York City based fashion model falls in love with Peter, a successful literary agent. It's the late 1960s when they marry, move to the Hamptons, and have a daughter. Starting their own cottage-industry business, Kate becomes an enormous success as a best selling author, a magazine publisher, and then the head of a home-making empire. But success is not without its costs. Personal and business pressures drive Kate and Peter into the arms of other lovers. But when a tragedy befalls their daughter, both of them come to realize the truth of their commitment to each other and to their family. American Icon is a superbly written novel that is expertly narrated by Kate Harper in the complete and unabridged production from Chivers Audio Books. With excellent technical production values, this highly recommended addition to any community library audiobook collection has a playing time of 13 hours, 15 minutes.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a great fan of the works of Pat Booth. Her analytical skills, expressed in easily accessible novel form, about modern American life are often breathtaking acute. But American Icon is by far her finest work. The story of the tormented but successful life of a character who might be Clair Booth Luce or Martha Stewart showers the reader with diversion, excitement, empathy, and most of all, understanding of our own modern lives as Americans. It was impossible to see this book as other than a modern classic in the making, a prose poem that I simply could not put down. From now on, whenever I look at a career woman, I will think of what I have learned from Pat Booth and American Icon. The tri-continental views of the gilded life from America to Europe to Africa are gripping. Once my wife finishes it, I plan to read it again.
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By Marcia L. Hopkins on September 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed Pat Booth's other books, Miami, Palm Beach, Malibu and Beverly Hills. I would have liked this book much more had it not been for the ending. I liked the idea of Kate Haywood being a Martha Stewart type, with her rise to success stunning. I was disappointed in her final decision as to who she would spend the rest of her life with. Her husband is an egotistical jerk who wants to take all the credit for her success. I found the book a little confusing they way Ms. Booth spent so much time developing the story of the American sculptor and the English doctor. I kept wondering where this all was going in relation to the start of the book with the development of the Kate Haywood character. All in all I wasn't left with that `book well read' feeling when I finished.
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