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Perfect Red [Kindle Edition]

Jennie Nash
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A whipsmart, wildly original ride that's a heady mix of chemistry, politics, mystery, obsession and a 1950's heroine daring to find her way. The writing sparkles on the page, and the essential question -- what would you do for your passion? -- becomes as provocative as it is haunting. Perfect Red is more than perfect -- it's absolutely dazzling." -- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures Of You

In McCarthy-era New York, having the right idea for a book can lead to fame and fortune, but having the wrong idea can turn you from citizen to suspect. When the secretary of a prominent book editor becomes obsessed with the story of the world's most glamorous red lipstick, she becomes convinced that it was the book she was born to write. She struggles to overcome her belief that surrendering to passion of any kind is dangerous and to fend off the seductive attention of the editor's star author.Ultimately, she must fight the author for the right to tell the tale and for the right of an author to tell her own truth.

Editorial Reviews


"Captivating from the first sentence, impossible to put down, Perfect Red leaves you inspired, energized and ready to take on the world. Powerful storytelling at its most potent." -- Lisa Cron, author of Wired For Story: The Writer's Guide To Using Brain Science To Hook Readers From The Very First Sentence

"With pitch perfect precision, Nash sweeps her reader into McCarthy-era Manhattan and the male dominated, literary world into which one Lucy Lawrence strives to arrive. I can see putting this gem of a book squarely in thehands of readers of historical and literary fiction as well as those looking for a page-turning escape." -- Linda McLoughlin Figel, {pages} a bookstore

From the Author

Perfect Red is my fourth novel, and my seventh book - but it's definitely not business as usual for me. Perfect Red took me way out of my creative comfort zone. Instead of a small family drama or memoir, this is a story of passion and intrigue that takes place during one of the most insidious chapters in American history. I chose that period of time because I was interested in the concept of ideas -- who owns them, who gets credit for them, and who gets punished for them. I was mainly concerned with creative ideas, but it made sense to set the story at a time when ideas about loyalty and patriotism were being questioned, as well.

As for the red lipstick, I was inspired by a story one of my clients told me about a real-life duchess who used blood to make her cheeks red; I was inspired by some things I read about Coco Chanel, on whom my character Isadora is based; and I had done a lot of research about the color red for my last book, The Threadbare Heart.  I was going to make the main character in that story a textile historian. I am always intrigued by the work that my characters do, and at first she was going to be a mathematician who liked fabric, and then she morphed into a fabric collector and historian. I read a book called A Perfect Red by Amy Butler Greenfield, which is a fascinating exploration of the history of the color red. All that was in my head when I started writing this new book. 
I hope you enjoy it! Cheers!

Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480142484
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jennie Nash; 1 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AF2D9RY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast, lively read. January 9, 2013
In Perfect Red, Jennie Nash captures the essence of a bygone era. Through the vivacious, self-deprecating, courageous and totally lovable Lucy, Nash brings the "nifty" 1950s to life. Weaving a tale of passion and intrigue from New York to Paris around the sexiest of all female beauty products, red lipstick, Nash delves beautifully into the heart and soul of an aspiring young writer and the strong social, cultural and political undercurrents of the time. A time when American women, having kept the country up and running during World War II, began to openly reach for their own professional and personal dreams. Amidst the backdrop of a burgeoning consumer society, remarkable scientific advances, and the very real threat of communism, Nash carries us through a young woman's coming of age; her struggles to understand herself and her family, her conflicted desire for two very different men, and her deep yearning to find her own true voice. A fast, lively, satisfying read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read February 8, 2013
Perfect Red by Jennie Nash was a great read for me! I have read one other of Jennie’s books ( The Only True Genius in the Family ) and I really enjoyed it. Perfect Red was a little different from the other novels that she’s written in that it has some history weaved throughout and I loved that.

The novel is set in 1952 in New York City at the time of the Red Scare which had to do with communism. More importantly though this story takes a young and naive girl whose only dream is to become an author in a time when women didn’t aspire to much beyond being housewives and shows us how determination and passion can lead us to our dreams coming true.

Lucy is different from the other young women of her time who are happy enough to work in the typing pool or get married. She herself wants to be an author so when she lands a job working for one of the top publishing houses she takes the opportunity to learn as much as she can. Meanwhile she keeps trying to get started on her novel. She has an idea; she wants to write about Perfect Red – the lipstick that all the women are crazy about and that is said to be exactly what you need to lure in a man. Lucy knows there must be a backstory there and she needs to find out what it is but none of that will matter if she can’t get the words down onto paper.

Enter TJ Wright who is a best selling author. Lucy decides that in order to save her job and his she will give him her idea and let him write the novel. Let’s not forget that TJ is awfully handsome and gives her butterflies. However Lucy can never imagine the terrible turn of fate that will befall her all because she trusts the wrong people in a time when women had no rights and they certainly weren’t deemed intelligent enough to ever be able to write a novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Red: A Colorful book!! December 31, 2012
Jennie Nash has written a book about a young woman's ambition at a time when women weren't raised to want more than a MRS. Degree, which back then could be obtained by luring a man with one's feminine wiles or in this story, the perfect red lipstick. But "Perfect Red" is far more complex: it combines government intrigue in the time of The Red Scare; scientific R & D and the fierce competition in the cosmetics industry as well as the publishing world, and a young woman's journey to maturity and fulfillment of her need to be recognized for her talent as a writer. Nash takes you into the New York literary world of the 1950's and through her descriptions of the time and places, fashion and social mores, she transports you back in time, and inspires you to get into the head and spirit of the young protagonist, Lucy. When describing Lucy's love of writing, the author writes, "I typed so much that my elbows hurt, and my fingertips were numb, and when I stopped, I missed the sound of the typewriter the way you would miss the beating of your heart." Perfect Red is filled with passion and intrigue, gorgeous descriptions and is a fun read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book January 26, 2013
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Her plot is fascinating. Placing her novel in the 1050s really works - a "lost: manuscript is somehow more traumatic when it was generated, as we had to do, on a manual typewriter. The intersection of science, the creative arts and politics as well as issues of intellectual property rights are big issues now and for the future as they were then.

I love the way Jennie paints such a full picture of her characters with their strengths and weaknesses and draws us in tho their feelings.

I think Lucy could be a series character like Maisie Dobbs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another best seller from Jennie Nash January 31, 2013
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Perfect Red is another winner. Ms. Nash has a wonderful way of making her characters seem real. Her style is smooth and flows so easily that you don't want to put the book down. I've read all of her books and look forward to the next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Fun and Fiery! January 11, 2013
By Sally
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Jennie has done it again. She has written a wonderfully captivating story that is a fast read, is so much fun and fiery to boot! I loved Lucy's passion and could relate to many of her feelings and experiences. The story was filled with intrigue, desire and mystery, and I couldn't put it down. Don't miss the chance to read Perfect Red or to send it as a gift. It's a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So well written. I couldn't put it down! December 7, 2012
By Goosers
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I love this author's writing. I feel like I am right there in the story. She transfers from one chapter to the next seamlessly. I also like that it took place in the 1950's where people where still trying to figure out communism and how it affected citizens of the United States. But I especially love our main character "Lucy" and how she prevailes to acheive her life's dream of becoming a writer against all odds. A great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read on so many levels!
Jennie Nash's Perfect Red has been on my TBR list for several months now. I'm only sorry I waited so long to begin it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynda J. Schuessler
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Red
I love getting lost in the characters Jennie Nash creates. There is a perfect balance of romance, history, and imagination. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Natalie RN, MSN
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read - unique and interesting story line.
As an avid reader it is sometimes difficult to find fresh ideas. I thought this was a unique read using historical facts...during an interesting period of time...... Read more
Published on May 25, 2013 by andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction
I loved the book! Jennie makes the characters and the time period come alive! I really like reading books about strong women especially in a time period where women were not... Read more
Published on May 14, 2013 by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Passion Personified
"Perfect Red" is a thoroughly enjoyable read. The early years after World War II is an era filled with emotional ups and downs. Read more
Published on May 8, 2013 by Penelope L. Pitcher
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect red
Perfect Red is as fun and alluring as the perfect red lipstick itself. I found this novel thoroughly enjoyable and decadent, it was a true pleasure to read.
Published on May 7, 2013 by Elisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - Fun read
I loved "Perfect Red." Loved Lucy, loved the 50's politics, and loved the idea of a shade of lipstick as a catalyst for the story, brilliant. It was truly a fun read.
Published on April 28, 2013 by trapsters
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative and Sexy
The 1950's. The McCarthy Era. Communism. New York. And the most perfect shade of red lipstick ever made that women swore had the power to make a man go wild with desire. Read more
Published on April 13, 2013 by Maryellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Red is a perfect read!
Loved the details of life in the 50's. Like Lucy, when I was an 8th grade student a teacher did not believe that I wrote a story that was turned in for an assignment. Read more
Published on April 8, 2013 by December5675
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Story
I thought it was a nice story. Not your typical romance.
I do have a problem with submissive women but considering the era of the book, I got over it. Read more
Published on April 2, 2013 by Dee W.
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From the author: Perfect Red is a story about obsession, passion, and the perfect red lipstick. Why lipstick? A hundred reasons, really. I was inspired by a story one of my writing students told me about a real-life duchess who used blood to make her cheeks red; I was inspired by Coco Chanel, on whom my character Isadora is based; and I had done a lot of research about the color red for my last novel, The Threadbare Heart. All that was in my head when I started writing a story set in the 1950s about a secretary to a prominent book editor who becomes obsessed with with writing a book of her own. She's attracted to and repelled by the whole idea of passion, so the perfect red lipstick was a perfect subject for her. She longs to wear it, and to write about it, and wrestles with her yearnings throughout the book.

My favorite red lipstick is one by MAC. I'm not quite as bold as Lucy, so my red is more like a soft maroon. What's your favorite red? I'm taking a poll on my website and would love to hear your vote.

Thanks for reading!

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