From Publishers Weekly
Solow's spectacular debut sounds a warning to fashionista shopaholics while providing a healing catharsis that anyone grieving over the loss of a loved one can appreciate. "It is mine. It is mine. It is mine
" is the mantra Jillian Siegel repeats before any major shoplifting expedition, believing her hobby is not a crime but her "birthright." The Upper East Sider's addiction to larceny increases after she loses her ad agency job just before the agency acquires the coveted Loevner's department store account. Loevner's had once been owned by Jillian's dying uncle Bingo, a beloved parental figure. As a little girl in bunny fur, Jillian had appeared in the original ad that defined Loevner's upscale glamour. After Shelly, a needy young drifter whom Jillian meets in jail in the wake of a tourist-trap incident, introduces Jillian into a Peruvian shoplifting ring, Jillian becomes the ring's star American booster. "Designer clothes are like armor" providing "protection from the masses," Jillian thinks, but by the thrilling wind-up, Solow, an ad agency veteran, has ripped the tags off this assumption, forcing Jillian to face what compels her to steal. (Mar.)
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is a true original, and I thoroughly enjoyed this warm, witty, and well-written book. Jennifer Solow is an inspired and refreshing addition to the world of women's literature."
-- Jane Green, author of The Other Woman and Jemima J
"Loved it! Jennifer Solow is a clever funny writer, but a bad, bad, wicked, evil girl. In The Booster, she makes shoplifting seem exciting and glamorous. Naughty!"
-- Simon Doonan, author of Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints
"An addictive, fascinating odyssey of a fabulous fashionista's quarter-life crisis, filled with New York City observations so exact and unflinching, you feel like Solow packs a hidden camera -- a truly fun read with dark humor, big heart, and plenty of chutzpah."
-- Jill Kargman, coauthor of The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing
"A brilliant, scary, and very funny first novel."
-- Alison Lurie, author of Foreign Affairs and Truth and Consequences
"The Booster is a roller-coaster ride through the high times and the tribulations of fabulous city life. It shows that real New Yorkers don't go down without a fight!"
-- Cynthia Rowley, designer
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