Pretty in Ink
"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.
"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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