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Laura Zigman
Adult Fiction ZIGMAN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Zigman (Animal Husbandry) visits the popular chick lit landscape of Manhattan public relations, but with a less glamorous twist. The publicist is 36-year-old Julia Einstein, a Connecticut housewife who has been relishing her life as a stay-at-home mom to toddler son Leo. When her husband, Peter, loses his job, Julia is thrust back into the world she left behind. After calling on a savvy and successful friend for advice, Julia ends up at John Glom Public Relations, a "firm that handles desperate has-beens," where she must work with actress Mary Ford, billed as a "client, paying for the right to suck the life out of us." That Julia finds an antidote for Mary's dwindling fame is predictable, but the process generates its share of chuckles. Ford is ceaselessly cruel, but her vulnerability flickers tellingly beneath her veneer of icy disgust. Julia's portrait of motherhood is overly sentimental, and her references to Leo as "The Scoob" are doggedly cute. Julia's swift handling of potential PR disasters make for an amusing read, and the ending is just as happy as can be. (Sept. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

A has-been movie star gives a public relations executive and former stay-at-home mom a run for her money in the next title by the author of Animal -Husbandry. Simultaneous publication with the Warner hardcover. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Julia Einstein
Former stay-at-home mom; goes back to work after her husband loses his job at a second-rate publicity firm; feels like she has been replaced at home since her husband stays at home now.

Mary Ford
Age: 70
Making a comeback through a publicity firm; starving for attention; launches a new perfume line.

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