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Lipstick Jungle weaves the stories of Nico O'Neilly, Wendy Healy, and Victory Ford, numbers 8, 12, and 17 on The New York Post's list of "New York's 50 Most Powerful Women." But this is 21st Century New York, and to get ahead and stay ahead, these women will do anything, including jeopardizing their personal and professional relationships. Take for example Nico, editor-in-chief of Bonfire magazine, who betrays her boss to rise to the top of the entire magazine division at media mega-giant Splatch-Verner. As president of Paradour Pictures, Wendy may be poised to win an Oscar for her 10-year labor-of-love, Ragged Pilgrims, but her marriage is in shambles and her children care more about a $50,000 pony than their mother. And for single, 43-year-old fashion designer Victory, pleasing tough critics may be more important than ever finding the real relationship she's convinced herself she doesn't need.
This racy tale of women behaving badly manages to shrewdly flip the tables to show us how gender roles are essentially interchangeable, given the right circumstances. Whether that was Bushnell's intent when crafting this wicked tale is another story. --Gisele Toueg
Amazon.com's Significant Seven
Candace Bushnell graciously agreed to answer the questions we like to ask every author: the Amazon.com Significant Seven.
Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?
A: So many books have affected my life it's hard to pick just one. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Kurt Vonnegut, and Evelyn Waugh; when I was in my early thirties, a girlfriend and I re-read House of Mirth, and freaked out--we didn't want to end up like Lily Bart. Most recently I read Angela's Ashes for the first time and was absolutely stunned.
Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they?
A: Make Way for Lucia, by E.F. Benson, a book that I always hope will never end; Van Morrison's greatest hits; and Pride and Prejudice, the six-part mini-series..
Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told?
A: "My e-mail isn't working." I'm not a good liar. It's one of my flaws. I'm too forthright and usually have to apologize the next day for telling the truth the night before.
Q: Describe the perfect writing environment.
A: All I need is a desk, a chair and my computer. Once I start writing, I don't notice my environment. In fact, I've had people try to talk to me when I'm writing and I literally can't hear them. I see their mouths moving but no sound comes out.
Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say?
A: "I don't ever want to be asked about my own epitaph!"
Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
A: Tolstoy. I've read that he loved gossip. It would be great to have a good old gossip with him.
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: Flying, of course. Who wouldn't want to be unfettered by gravity?
A review by Dr. Joseph Suglia
Looking down on the cityscape, skyscrapers seem like tubes of lipstick. Read more
Very Satisfied. Will do business again in the future. Highly recommend them.Published 4 months ago by Anthony R. Pascarella
It was a nice quick read, but I felt like the characters were a little flat and almost too stereotypical.Published 8 months ago by Justin and Katie Schauer
A quarter of the way through I thought my brain was dead. I wouldn't want to be any of these women, including having their unfortunate names.
What a boring read.
Have read many of Candace Bushnell's books and have been very entertained. Not with this book. I just could not stay focused on the stories of each of the characters.Published 9 months ago by Cindy Pick
The novel features basic characters and a simplistic plot that is too similar to SaTC in style, characterization and content to really be noteworthy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ada Ai
I think what I liked best about this book was that it seemed so real and yet glamourous too. I related to Victory's struggles the most, but liked to imagine having Nico's... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jessica
A bit cliche but entertaining. Very similar to the show, which makes me wonder what would've happened if it hadn't been cancelled. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs.Krach
It's very easy to not like "Lipstick Jungle" at first: It is shoddily written, and the characters are successful women in male-dominated industries at the apex of their... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jiang Xueqin