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Lipstick Jungle: A Novel

Lipstick Jungle: A Novel

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by Candace Bushnell

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The new novel that fans of the bestselling author have been waiting for, about three sexy, powerful career women who will do anything to stay at the top of their fields

Victory Ford is the darling of the fashion world. Single, attractive, and iconoclastic, she has worked for years to create her own signature line. As Victory struggles to keep her company afloat,


The new novel that fans of the bestselling author have been waiting for, about three sexy, powerful career women who will do anything to stay at the top of their fields

Victory Ford is the darling of the fashion world. Single, attractive, and iconoclastic, she has worked for years to create her own signature line. As Victory struggles to keep her company afloat, she learns crucial lessons about what she really wants in a relationship.

Nico O'Neilly is the glamorous, brilliant editor of Bonfire Magazine—the pop-culture bible for fashion, show business, and politics. Considered one of the most powerful women in publishing, she seems to have it all. But in a mid-life crisis, she suddenly realizes this isn't enough.

Wendy Healy's chutzpah has propelled her to the very top of the cut-throat movie industry. When it becomes clear that a competitor is trying to oust her, something has to give—and Wendy must decide between her career and her marriage.

In Lipstick Jungle, Bushnell once again delivers an addictive page-turner of sex and scandal that will keep readers enthralled and guessing to the very last page.

Editorial Reviews

New York Post
"Line up the watermelon cosmos and get ready to be consumed by the swank, successful, and super-spunky 40-something protagonists of Candace Bushnell's lip-smacking new novel."
New York Times Book Review
"Bushnell proves she's still the philosopher-queen of a social scene."
OK! Magazine
"A seductive, humorous tale about strong, powerful women."
From the Publisher
"Line up the watermelon cosmos and get ready to be consumed by the swank, successful, and super-spunky 40-something protagonists of Candace Bushnell's lip-smacking new novel."—New York Post"

Bushnell proves she's still the philosopher-queen of a social scene."—New York Times Book Review"

A seductive, humorous tale about strong, powerful women."—OK! Magazine

Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell returns with a juicy novel of three high-powered Manhattan career women, each of them caught in a midlife crisis. Victory Ford, Nico O'Neilly, and Wendy Healy have achieved success in fashion, glamour, and media; but boardroom triumphs and bathrooms trysts leave them still unsatisfied. Vicarious pleasures.
New York Magazine
"At once sharp and sweet."
New York Observer
"Classic Bushnell."
"Bushnell rose to fame with her witty expose of the New York social scene, Sex and the City (1996), but since then, she's been writing fiction. Her third novel since Sex thrusts readers into a world that might seem familiar to fans of either Bushnell's first book or the hit TV show it inspired. Victory Ford, Wendy Healy, and Nico O'Neilly are three movers and shakers in Manhattan who still find time to lunch at the hottest restaurants, not unlike the four ladies of Sex and the City. Victory is a world-famous fashion designer whose spring collection failed to impress at New York's all-important fashion week. As the president of Parador Pictures, Wendy is gearing up for the film she hopes will finally snag her the coveted Best Picture Oscar. Nico, editor in chief of Bonfire magazine, is working her way up the corporate ladder. The ladies' love lives are just as interesting as their careers. Victory is being courted by an eccentric billionaire; Wendy's handsome, lazy husband has just demanded a divorce; and married Nico finds herself drawn into a fling with a handsome, younger male model. Readers who want to immerse themselves in the trendy world of New York's high society will find themselves at home in this scintillating novel."
Publishers Weekly
Though Bushnell's fourth book opens in familiar Sex and the City territory-a fashion show in Bryant Park where attendees sport Jimmy Choo and Baume & Mercier-the novel quickly takes off for deeper waters. For once, men-how to get them, how to keep them-aren't Bushnell's central focus, and her three main characters, all women in their early 40s, are surely her richest to date. Two of the three are married with children; all are at the top of their field. Wendy, a movie executive at the Miramax-like Parador, struggles to finish a potentially Oscar-winning flick while placating her unemployed hubby at home. Nico, editor-in-chief at Bonfire magazine, juggles the Machiavellian politics of her corporate parent-company with the needs of her na f boy-toy lover and her savvy Columbia professor husband. And while fashion designer Victory Ford may date a Mr. Big-like character, she takes the relationship lightly. Most of her energies are directed to saving her business, which has fallen on hard times since she launched a new, more innovative line. Bushnell herself won't face the same problem. There's plenty of the old razzle-dazzle to satisfy her fans. Her characters lunch at Michael's, go on dates to the Whitney Biennial and shop for ponies at the Palm Beach Polo Club. There's a make-out session in a bar bathroom, panty ripping on a kitchen countertop and many frank descriptions of urban sexual mores. But Bushnell's emphasis on female friendship and career ambition may also win her a legion of new readers. Her characters want "the sweet, creamy sensation of power," and it's Bushnell's account of how they got it, and how they keep it, that will really keep readers turning pages. Expect a splashy debut, followed by a long run of sales. Agent, Heather Schroder. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Bushnell's (Sex and the City; Four Blondes) new novel will not disappoint her many fans. Three best friends are all named to the list of "New York's 50 Most Powerful Women." Victory Ford is a thriving fashion designer who built her company from the ground up. To reach the next level of success, she must discover what she desires most in her career and her life. Wendy Healy may be the president of a major movie studio, but she cannot manage her personal life (three children and a childish, whiny husband who depends on her for income). Although Nico O'Neilly is the toast of the publishing world as the editor credited with single-handedly reviving an ailing magazine, she has her sights on the top CEO position. Her once-successful husband now manages her career and breeds dogs in his spare time. Stereotypical gender roles are decidedly switched here: three successful, powerful friends take on the once solely masculine role of provider and leader while learning, uneasily at first, to balance their identities as women. Although the novel has its share of awkward plot machinations, Bushnell is skilled enough to create likable yet strong characters who ultimately draw in the reader. Recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/05.]-Andrea Y. Griffith, Loma Linda Univ. Lib., CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bushnell has traded in the 30-something singles of Sex and the City (1996) for a claque of desperately scheming 40-something powerhouses. The three muskateeresses this go-'round are Victoria Ford, independent fashion designer; Wendy Healy, powerful president of Parador Pictures; and Nico O'Neilly, glamorous editor-in-chief of Bonfire magazine. A cool reception by stores and critics to Victoria's spring collection has put her company in financial jeopardy, a challenge she can handle more competently than the romantic advances by crass billionaire Lyne Bennet, whose hidden charms remain mostly hidden. Wendy, who runs her Hollywood studio from New York for unexplained reasons, is a mother of three whose marriage to sexy Shane, whom she has long supported as a boy-toy-turned-stay-at-home-dad, falls apart the day her latest picture is nominated for six Oscars. Nico is jockeying to take over her parent company while also juggling an adulterous affair with a male model who offers more sizzle than her decent but dull political scientist husband, Seymour. Wendy, Nico and Victoria are supposed to represent a new generation of strong, capable well-rounded women able to have personal and professional success, and there are certainly plenty of references to the brand-name perks and pleasures of their position, but these women are selfish, self-centered and not at all likeable. And their success seems way beyond their actual abilities. At least Victoria is single. Wendy and Nico are so obliviously neglectful of their spoiled-brat children that empathy for them is hard to produce. These women also share a deep streak of unhappiness that Bushnell's too-easy happy ending does not erase. If this is havingit all, who wants it?

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Meet the Author

Candace Bushnell is the author of Sex and the City, Four Blondes, and Trading Up. She has been a columnist for The New York Observer and a contributing editor to Vogue.

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Lipstick Jungle 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rented Lipstick Jungle, the NBC show (I'm starting disc 2) and I fell in love with the characters and drama. My experience with books is that they are always better than their movies or TV shows. What happened here? This book was an endless rant about nothing. It was a day in the life of these three women and just when you thought a plot was about to develop, the author flashes into some side or back story about that character. I kept fighting to keep reading hoping there would be conflict or plot, but after 200+ pages of the 400+, I gave up. I guess I will keep enjoying the show (hopefully that will keep up the momentum).
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Not the best. Usually books are much better than the movie or TV series. Not so in this case. It just seemed disjointed with no real plot or character development. Towards the end, I just couldn't wait for the book to be finished. I had hoped that the ending would help tie everything together but no such luck.
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. I thought the this author would be a little like Barbara Taylor Bradford. She was a little. I liked her writing as far as it was easy to read, but I did not like so many flashback chapters. I have read reviews of other people who have read her work and they say she jumps around a lot. So I don't think I would be interested in her earlier work, but I would recommend checking out her recent bestseller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book, but I was disappointed with the structure and the way it was done. I wanted more on each character and did not like the way it was ended. So I guess, I am not disappointed in the plots or the characters, just wanted more on each.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a shadow of a doubt the worst book that I have ever had the misfortune to have had to endure. I was obliged to read cover to cover as it was a gift, and the giver was certain to ask my opinion of it (reader, I lied to him). Believe me under any other circumstances I would have used it as kindling before the end of page 1. It is dreadful contrived, silly and full of characters who don't even deserve the accolade of having two dimensions. This book is poorly written yet entirely predictable, full of clichés and characters so utterly self absorbed and out of touch with reality that they make the stereotypes who populate Bushnell's other novels look like paragons of selfless virtue. Lipstick Jungle had me reaching for the sick bucket at least once per page, right down to the closing lines: 'it's a jungle out there' says intolerable female character #1, 'no, girls' says self satisfied female character #2 'it's a Lipstick Jungle'. I can honestly say that I've seen superior work featuring more interesting characters and better executed plot-lines scrawled on the walls of public toilets.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How in the world did this earn itself four stars? This POS is a mangled montage of cliches and inaccurate facts (ie. the statement that men have been disrespecting women for "millions of years." Yes. MILLIONS of years). It is some of the poorest writing I have ever read from anyone, let alone an adult, and following up Sex and the City with this was not a good idea. SATC was at least creative. Every description of anything in this book is a complete stereotype you have to wonder if she's ever even set foot in New York. Just amateur. All over. I understand it's "chick lit" but that's a disgrace to both of those words. Typos. Syntax. Simple facts. A puddle of hideously fantasized keyboard-vomit. So disappointed! Can you tell?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one jumps about a bit too much for my tastes but I enjoyed it on the whole. Very funny lines, too.
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
First, I must admit that I haven't had the pleasure of reading Sex and the City, so this is my first adventure with Candace Bushnell. I thoroughly enjoyed this book with three females as the center. I loved that each character was unique, but their friendships with each other were genuine and I could imagine how they became friends and why they stayed friends. A story of their adventures in New York and the trials that women face. I absolutely adored how the women in this story were successful and powerful. It was interesting to read how the men in their life reacted to their successes. I enjoy reading books were the men are put into a different position and how the dynamics of the family must change due to the role reversals. A great chick lit that made me want to continue reading Candace Bushnell. A must read for all chick lit fans.
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JetaimeM More than 1 year ago
I loved the show when it was on a few years back and was icredibly sad when it was cancelled. I saw the book at BN and thought, if i liked the show why not the book? So i picked it up and fell in love all over again!
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kikimon More than 1 year ago
i seldom sacrifice my sleep for anything else. This had killed one night of my beauty sleep. Though i wish the ending was more satisfying, it's nevertheless a very good read.
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