Chemical Pink: A Novel of Obsession

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Macmillan, 2001 - Fiction - 276 pages
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A stunning and compelling portrait of two obsessed personalities and the perversely symbiotic relationship that draws them together.

Aurora Jeanine Johnson is an unwed mother from Savannah, Georgia, desperate to sculpt a new life--and a new body-- in California, where the quest for the perfect butt or bicep reaches religious intensity. Spending every spare moment training at the gym, Aurora is barely getting by--until she meets the man who will offer her everything she most desires.

Charles Worthington is a wealthy eccentric, rich enough to indulge his every decadent whim and fantasy. Aurora is his sexual ideal, the raw material from which he will shape his masterpiece. He will transform Aurora into the woman of his dreams -- and fantasies -- no matter the cost.

To achieve their common goal, Aurora hands over complete control of her life to Charles. He dictates her diet, her lifestyle, her training--and when and how much she'll take of the body-altering drugs he "prescribes" for her. He decides whom she sees and where she goes. And what kinky games of his own devising they will play.

For Aurora, everything that Charles asks is a small price to pay to become the woman she's always dreamed of being. Or is it?

Chemical Pink is a gothic duet that explores the boundary between obsession and pathology.

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A Los Angeles-set first novel about the obsessive cult of women's bodybuilding.When bodybuilding champion May leaves him, Charles Worthington, a wealthy southern California eccentric, patrols the ... Read full review

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I saw this book mentioned on Kat Ricker's website. I hated this book. Instead of being about how empowering weight training can be for a female it was a cautionary tale about losing site of the true ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Katie Arnoldi lives in Venice, California, where she surfs competitively in long board competitions. She is married to the painter Charles Arnoldi; they have two children.

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