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Manhattan on the Rocks

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When twenty-five-year-old Laura Smart moves from Cleveland to Manhattan to take a job at a magazine, she hopes the world will become her oyster-her Fendi Oyster (this year's must-have handbag) to be exact.

Instead, Laura has to deal with the demands of her self-absorbed and quirky boss-the talk-show host turned magazine editor, Cassandra Lovelace. Laura, a Holly Golightly-type character, finds her own romantic and professional redemption in a novel that hilariously sends up the ...

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Overview

When twenty-five-year-old Laura Smart moves from Cleveland to Manhattan to take a job at a magazine, she hopes the world will become her oyster-her Fendi Oyster (this year's must-have handbag) to be exact.

Instead, Laura has to deal with the demands of her self-absorbed and quirky boss-the talk-show host turned magazine editor, Cassandra Lovelace. Laura, a Holly Golightly-type character, finds her own romantic and professional redemption in a novel that hilariously sends up the sex-and-celebrity-obsessed world of contemporary women's magazines.

Written from the insider's perspective of a former senior editor of Glamour, Manhattan on the Rocks is a sharply observed comedy of manners with a take-no-prisoners spirit. This is a novel for every woman who has ever known in her heart that-even as her world is collapsing all around her-she needs only a Glamour makeover to save her life from ruin.

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She makes it there, but Harayda's (The Accidental Bride, 1999) second novel advances very slowly. Laura Smart leaves feckless Nordic hunk Nick and humdrum Cleveland life behind for a job in Manhattan, writing for a talk-show host's glitzy eponymous mag, Cassandra. At the airport, Laura's fare to NYC is paid by a mysterious "Psycho Fan," who turns out to be Tim Moran, mucky-muck of Carapace, the mega-media conglomerate and parent of Cassandra. The only apartment she can find features a hole in the floor, ongoing feng-shui litigation, and a super more at home in a survivalist encampment than on the Upper East Side. Dodging a gorgon publicist to get an interview with a semi-washed-up Britney Spears clone, Laura scores a cover story on her first assignment. Besides height (she's a former high-school basketball star), her looks are a tabula rasa that only a makeover with freebie cosmetics and dresses designed by someone named Egotista can embellish. Laura's red-herring crush on her boss Simon takes forever to yield to an approach-avoidance gavotte with Tim that strains credulity. Meantime, diatribes against draconian accounting departments and office politics do nothing to distinguish this tale from the pack of glam-mag romans a clef, while opportunities simply land in Laura's lap, including a more lucrative offer from Cassandra's rival, Aurora, and a book-ghosting deal. A disappointment, right down to its utterly foregone conclusion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402201196
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Harayda is an award-winning journalist and novelist who worked for Glamour as a writer and editor, and for Boston Magazine as an editorial director. She became the book editor and critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and served as vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle. Harayda is the author of The Joy of Being Single and The Accidental Bride. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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