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Pretty in Ink

by Lindsey Palmer

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Heads are rolling and knives are being inserted in backs at the fictional Hers magazine as a new editor is installed to shake up the mag's stodgy image. The (mostly) women who work there take turns narrating what happens as staffers cope with the changes. The result is a fun, funny novel. I haven't worked at a magazine, but I'm a big reader (and my apartment is piled with magazines back through the 90's that I have every intention of getting to) and this seems to capture that world perfectly. My only beef is that some characters could have been covered more thoroughly; I wanted to know EVERYTHING. Received from NetGalley. ( )
  ennie | Jun 21, 2014 |
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"A sharp, hilarious romp through a spot-on believable women's magazine." --Sally Koslow, former Editor-in-Chief of McCall's

"An essential novel. . .engaging, sensitive, and so much fun. . .I wanted to hang out with the women of Hers Magazine long after I'd turned the last page." --Diana Spechler, author of Skinny

For years, Hers magazine has been a fixture on newsstands--relatable, reliable, and ever-so-slightly frumpy. But with sales slumping, Hers' editor-in-chief soon finds a pink slip in her inbox. And her ruthless, blisteringly high-heeled replacement may not be finished cleaning house yet. . .

Leah Brenner suspects she won't be on the payroll much longer either. A telecommuting, breast milk-pumping mom of three doesn't mesh with her new boss Mimi's vision of a sleeker, younger-skewing Hers. Not content with nabbing Leah's office, Mimi's protégée, Victoria, is itching to take over Leah's duties too--and she's not alone. As the summer rolls out, and staffers are asked to give up even their sexiest secrets to save the brand, everyone at Hers--the sycophantic new assistant; the photo editor who's sleeping with her boss; the Ivy League intern with oversized aspirations--will fight to keep her career, and some shred of dignity, intact.

Smart, perceptive, and hilarious, Lindsey J. Palmer's debut delivers an all too true-to-life tale of very different women faced with high-stakes choices in a rapidly changing--yet utterly familiar--world.
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Publishers Weekly says of Pretty in Ink, "Filled with juicy gossip and outrageous office politics...a dishy, catty book, that's... an indulgent roll in the mud. Palmer writes this side of womanhood brilliantly." Booklist says, "A lighthearted gambol through the ever-changing world of women's magazine publishing, former magazine editor Palmer's debut contains the authenticity of experience and the salacious story snippets fans of The Devil Wears Prada (2003) will appreciate... With different chapters devoted to different POVs, the politics of the magazine industry find full display in this deliciously delectable read."

"Tantalizing. . .Pretty in Ink is part comic love story and part bloody valentine." --Devan Sipher, New York Times "Vows" columnist and author of The Wedding Beat

"This entertaining debut exposes the catty, crazy and competitive inner workings of women's magazines. A former editor herself, Palmer explores this rarefied workplace and the women struggling to rise to the top--or just hold onto their jobs. A fun, fantastic read." --Jennifer Miller, author of The Year of the Gadfly

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"For years, Hers magazine has been a fixture on newsstands--relatable, reliable, and ever-so-slightly frumpy. But with sales slumping, Hers' editor-in-chief soon finds a pink slip in her inbox. And her ruthless, blisteringly high-heeled replacement may not be finished cleaning house yet... Leah Brenner suspects she won't be on the payroll much longer either. A telecommuting, breast milk-pumping mom of three doesn't mesh with her new boss Mimi's vision of a sleeker, younger-skewing Hers. Not content with nabbing Leah's office, Mimi's protegee, Victoria, is itching to take over Leah's duties too--and she's not alone. As the summer rolls out, and staffers are asked to give up even their sexiest secrets to save the brand, everyone at Hers--the sycophantic new assistant; the photo editor who's sleeping with her boss; the Ivy League intern with oversized aspirations--will fight to keep her career, and some shred of dignity, intact."--… (more)

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