Judith D Collins
Park Avenue Summer
By: Renee Rosen
Publication Date: 4/30/2019
My Rating: TBR Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamorous New York City of 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine, where a brazen new editor-in-chief--Helen Gurley Brown--shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits.. New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands the job of a lifetime working for the first female editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.
Nothing could have prepared Alice for the world she enters as editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed. While pressure mounts at the magazine and Alice struggles to make her way in New York, she quickly learns that in Helen Gurley Brown's world, a woman can demand to have it all.
"Renée Rosen is my go-to for whip-smart heroines who love their work. Park Avenue Summer is a delightful summer cocktail of a read!"--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
"Filled with wit, heart, and verve, Rosen's novel dazzles and empowers. Simply wonderful!"--Chanel Cleeton, author of Next Year in Havana
“Part historical fiction, part coming-of-age story, this is a novel for our keeper shelves to read and re-read when we begin to doubt that there is still time to become the best version of ourselves. Lovely prose, a unique storyline, and a heroine who will stay with you for a long time make this a book I highly recommend.”--Karen White, New York Times bestselling author "A breezy, delightful novel that celebrates female friendship and ambition. With Park Avenue Summer, Renée Rosen brings legendary magazine editrix Helen Gurley Brown back to life and captures a beloved bygone era with acuity, wisdom, and heart."--Jamie Brenner, bestselling author of The Forever Summer and The Husband Hour
“Once again Renée Rosen works her magic, transporting us to the offices of Helen Gurley Brown’s Cosmopolitan in 1960s New York, and the result is a delight...Rosen’s command of historical detail is masterful; so, too, is her ability to create fictional characters, among them her heroine Alice, who are as fully realized and compelling as the beguiling Brown herself.”—Jennifer Robson, internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France
"Rosen delivers a cast of complex and ambitious female protagonists to truly root for. The Devil Wears Prada meets Mad Men, Park Avenue Summer is pure joy from cover to cover. I loved it."--Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home
"Pussycats, Renée Rosen brings Helen Gurley Brown to life with all her cunning, vision, and shocking frugality. Park Avenue Summer is both a breezy Girl-Takes-Manhattan fairy tale, and a crackling account of how a brazen editor--against her bosses' better judgment--invented iconic Cosmopolitan Magazine. This novel perfectly captures the zeitgeist of 1965."--Sally Koslow, author of Another Side of Paradise and bestselling author of The Late, Lamented Molly Marx
“Renee Rosen combines meticulous research with a true affection for her characters to bring this heady time movingly to life.”--Elizabeth Letts, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion
About the Author
Renée is the bestselling author of Windy City Blues, White Collar Girl, What The Lady Wants and Dollface, as well as the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot. She lives in Chicago where she is currently working on a new novel about Helen Gurley Brown to be published in 2019 from Penguin Random House/ Berkley. Read More
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