Piece of Work

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 25, 2006 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Julia Einstein never wanted to return to her high-stress job of celebrity publicist. But when her husband loses his job, she has no choice but to reenter the world of monstrous egos, imperfect illusions, and 24-hour spin--a world she thought she had left behind forever when she had a baby three years ago and moved to the suburbs.
Stranded now at a third-rate publicity firm in New York City that specializes in resuscitating the careers of "Has Beens," Julia's first assignment is to promote the launch of a perfume: a scent created to engineer the comeback of 73-year-old former screen goddess Mary Ford.
In the unpredictable Mary, Julia gets much more than she bargained for. And when she is forced to go on the road with the former diva to promote her failing product, Julia finds herself tested to the very brink of human endurance by: her mercurial, abusive charge; her pompous and infinitely devious boss; by keen bouts of homesickness; by angry PETA activists; and by PR disasters and a perfume that, well, stinks.
For every woman who has ever confronted the hard choices of work and family, and lived to tell the tale, and for every woman who has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds (not to mention losing those last 10 pounds!), this is a novel as touching and hilarious as they come. Brimming with comic moments, sharply witty observations and unexpected poignancy, this is vintage Zigman at her very best.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Suburban mom trades the jungle gym for the urban jungle.In her prior life as a publicist, Julia Einstein kept the company of A-list celebrities. For the past three years, she's been playing house in ... Read full review

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User Review  - THEsisterjanet - LibraryThing

My least favorite Zigman novel--although it has wonderful laugh-out-loud moments. The subject was one I only have "experience with through osmosis"... Read full review

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Laura Zigman grew up in Newtonville, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before writing ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, she was a publicist at Turtle Bay Books and Knopf. She currently lives in Washington, DC.

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