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Overview

On the towering stilettos of The Devil Wears Prada comes a biting, mordantly funny debut novel about the extremely unladylike business of publishing a very ladylike magazine.

Once there was a little girl from Fargo, North Dakota, named Maggie Goldfarb who grew up, moved to Manhattan, and morphed into Magnolia Gold, the highly paid editor in chief of Lady magazine. With a corner office, a designer wardrobe, and dozens of loyal employees, Magnolia has been hired to update the dowager of women's magazines. She's on her way to giving Lady a face-lift when she is ignominiously replaced by Bebe Blake, a brash television personality who remakes the magazine in her own hilariously inappropriate image. With her ketchup-red hair, skintight clothes, and penchant for "boy toys," Bebe is more out of control than a speeding limo. Maddeningly unpredictable, she confounds everyone at the newly christened Bebe with her personal vision of what a women's magazine should be, and baffles them further with her bawdy sense of humor and over-the-top generosity.

Shunted off to the darkest corners of executive purgatory—an overlooked back office she shares with a cockroach or two—Magnolia seethes from the sidelines as Bebe turns her beloved, once-profitable Lady into a sideshow. As things go from bad to worse, Magnolia fears that her career will never recover, but even she can't predict how deeply satisfying her eventual triumph will be. And not just at work: amidst the frenzy of backstabbing at the office, Magnolia finds Mr. Right in a city of Mr. Not-Quites.

Inspired by real-life events, Little Pink Slips is about the fall, rise, and sweet revenge of a woman who witnesses corporate shenanigans at their most flagrant. Filled with gossipy revelations about celebrity obsession and behind-the-scenes details of the media business in all its malfeasant glory, this novel is delicious, can't-stop-reading fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
A dishy and delightful insider's view of the elite in magazine publishing, a subject Koslow is more than qualified to spoof.
New York Times
Lively.
Entertainment Weekly
Dead-on.
Stephanie Klein
Whip-smart, scandalous, and chic. (Stephanie Klein, author of Moose)
Publishers Weekly
Former McCall's editor-in-chief Koslow features in her mellow roman ^ clef Magnolia Gold, who gets booted out of her magazine kingdom, but lands on stilettos that "you could almost mistake for Manolos." Magnolia, editor-in-chief of Lady magazine, has her dream job, a Cartier watch and a fab New York apartment, but Lady's publisher and parent company president cozy up to gauche celebrity Bebe Blake and decide-against Magnolia's warnings that Bebe will alienate the mag's "red state Republican" readership-to turn Lady into Bebe and demote Magnolia to "corporate editor," a bogus position that's soon eliminated. (Bebe may remind readers of Rosie O'Donnell, who assumed Koslow's duties at McCall's once it was relaunched as Rosie.) As Bebe ravages the magazine, a down-and-out Magnolia orchestrates her return while she and best friend Abbey run through their share of nonstarter men. Abbey finds Mr. Right, and just as things are looking their bleakest for romantically and professionally flailing Magnolia, lightning strikes twice. Koslow's take on behind-the-scenes maneuvering will keep readers turning the pages of her debut, but her soft-focus on glossy magazine publishing (the same mani-pedis, shopping diversions and expensive meals circuit that have been catalogued elsewhere) feels reserved: the villains aren't especially vile, and the goodies are very goodly-call it a red state The Devil Wears Prada. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

Koslow, former editor in chief of McCall's, writes a fictionalized account of the magazine's takeover by Rosie O'Donnell. In 2001, McCall'sbecame Rosie, which folded after 18 months amid high drama. The publisher and O'Donnell sued each other, though the judge eventually tossed out both suits. In this thinly veiled roman à clef, Maggie Goldfarb is poised to revamp the nation's oldest women's magazine, Lady. However, her dream job turns into a nightmare when the publishers decide to bring on bawdy celeb Bebe Blake, who quickly sends the magazine to ruin with her temper, bossiness, and lack of publishing know-how. What's more, back stabbing and gossip thwart Maggie's success at every turn. Too many oddly inserted characters and a bland romantic subplot make the story clunky and detract from an otherwise interesting peek at the magazine publishing world. But this is sure to generate massive publicity, and fans of Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Pradawill snatch it up, so public libraries will want to purchase accordingly. [See Prepub Alert, LJ12/06.]
—Rebecca Vnuk

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Dedicated editor-in-chief's brilliant career goes into a tailspin after a flamboyant celebrity takes over her magazine, a plot that mirrors the litigious saga of Rosie (i.e., O'Donnell) magazine, to which former McCall's editor Koslow bore witness. Magnolia Gold might have been born Maggie Goldfarb in Fargo, N.D., but years in the magazine industry have polished her into an elegant Manhattanite who welcomes every day as chief tastemaker for Lady magazine. Sure, the somewhat staid women's title could use a redesign, and that is exactly what Magnolia has planned when the word comes down from corporate that her beloved Lady is being transformed into Bebe, after popular, opinionated talk-show host Bebe Blake. Never mind that plus-sized, foulmouthed Bebe knows nothing about magazines, her addition is assumed to be an opportunity for the company to "mint money" and Magnolia is summarily demoted to a smaller office where she is called upon to execute Bebe's vision, even if that includes an NRA-friendly cover shot that alienates the readership. The capricious Bebe is an unprofessional nightmare who shows up drunk to her own launch party and at one point tries to seduce a young male intern, but she is also capable of big-hearted surprise gestures, such as when she "gives" British actor Hugh Grant to Magnolia for her birthday. And as difficult as Magnolia's position is, it is her oily CEO Jock Flanagan who really gives her trouble-ultimately firing her after she rejects his adulterous advances. Our unemployed heroine is then left to ponder her future as she fights for money owed her by her former corporate overlords, while simultaneously navigating her way through the tricky waters of dating.Perched on the sidelines, she then has a perfect view of the bittersweet dissolution of Lady/Bebe, and is forced to choose between the lesser of two evils when both Jock and Bebe call on her to testify in competing lawsuits against each other. Koslow's zippy prose ably captures the manic intensity and not-always-glamorous world of New York magazines-even if classy Magnolia and her so-so love life are a bit of a snooze. Far more intriguing is the flawed maverick Bebe. Breezy glimpse into the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of modern celebrity culture and the women's-magazine business.
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"Merlington is a seasoned narrator who expertly providescharacters with individual voices.... Merlington's ability to reflect the humorous moments adds to listener enjoyment." —-Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425221310
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Koslow

Sally Koslow, who was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, is the former editor in chief of McCall's magazine.

Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks, including works by Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and is the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    VAPID

    Sally Koslow, the author and former editor-in-chief of McCall's, is no Helen Gurley Brown.
    Her fictional persona, Magnolia Goldfarb, is as vapid as her dying magazine was at the end.
    For a book, Pink Slips, is rather mediocre, but if you read it as you would watch a silly chick flick, it might be passable.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    A Page Turner

    This book was so well written, I couldn't put it down. I finished the book in a matter of days and I usually get bored after the first couple of chapters. Little Pink Slips should def. be put on the top of your list. Get it now, you won't be sorry. If you liked Devil Wears Prada, you will love this book even more. I plan on reading it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2008

    Good Beach Read

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and frothy - perfect reading in the summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    AMUSING AND ANNOYING

    Former McCall's editor has written a novel that is as annoying as it is amusing. I should put this novel in my 'guilty pleasures' list. It's an engrossing and juicy story about a women's magazine. The first part of the book is simply fascinating but the last part becomes too syrupy and the heroine, from being sympathetic becomes right down insufferable. Sally Koslow's alter ego, Magnolia Gold, is too irresistible, too wonderful, too everything and with that she loses her previous charm. Still, it is one good fun reading. Like most women's mags, it is amusing and annoying in equal parts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2007

    Could not put it down!

    one of my new favorite novels, little pink slips was such an enjoyable read i never wanted it to end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    The perfect book to go with your glass of wine and bon-bons!

    Ladies, you will rue the moment you are forced to put this gem down, as I did when I had to go pick up my kids from school! I was completely enthralled from the first page behind-the-scenes look at a NYC Chanel sample sale, devoured the details about life in the magazine world, and more tellingly fell immediately in love with the quirky, slightly neurotic, totally likeable, done-wrong-by Magnolia. LPS is so much more than a voyeristic look into the shambles of a once strong magazine (think McCall's) after a loud-mouth celebrity (you know who) and the magazine's publishers decided to re-vamp the beloved mag in the image of said celeb. Sure, it's fun to wonder about which details in the book came from Koslow's experience as the wrongly ousted editor in the McCall's/Rosie debacle but what's more fun is becoming completely enraptured in this story's characters and their confidently shaky walks through the world of magazine publishing and relationships, of the friend and spouse kind, that will leave you with a new favortie author to add to your list. Koslow's writing style is like chick lit having gone to an esteemed Ivy league school - her wit is charming, her prose simply perfect, all making for a biting, totally engrossing read. This one will be on the best-seller lists and will leave you wanting to know when Koslow's next novel will hit the stands!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    A truly fun read

    It was like listening in to a funny conversation about the magazine industry. Fast paced, funny and absorbing. Much better than TV.

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