Fits Like a Rubber Dress

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Dundurn, Apr 1, 1999 - Fiction - 280 pages
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What does it take to squeeze into a second skin you think you want? And when you find you can’t breathe, who’s going to help you peel it off? In a celebrity-obsessed culture, when media images of women ( and women themselves ) appear to be driven by unreasonable expectations and demands, how does a 29-year-old woman fill that perfect little black dress? These questions are posed and answered in Roxane Ward’s debut novel, Fits Like a Rubber Dress, a hybrid of satire, social commentary, and tragedy. It’s the story of Indigo Blackwell, a woman who tries to reinvent herself as someone glamorous, and ends up travelling innocently through the underground world of drugs, fetish parties, and sadomasochistic sex. Indigo is married to Sam, a self-absorbed wannabe novelist. She’s bored by her career in public relations. The lives her friends lead are profoundly more interesting than her own limited existence. She realizes, the afternoon of her promotion, that the time has come for change: something bigger than a haircut, less extreme than a divorce. No sooner has she made the leap from financial security to the exhilarating uncertainty of film school, than she walks in the back door of her house, video camera in hand, to find another man’s head between her husband’s naked thighs. The camera keeps rolling as Indigo’s marriage dissolves. Alone for the first time, Indigo finds herself propelled into the kind of intense, urban life she’s always wanted. She begins an affair with Jon, a toxic young artist who treats his own life and the people in it as he would a sculpture, as things to manipulate. Fast approaching thirty, Indigo discovers that her new life doesn’t have to fit so tightly after all.

 

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I am somewhat biased since I am friends with the author - but it rocked. If you don't read it, you are missing a strong story, wicked characters, and a hilarious and heart breaking jaunt. Read full review

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Contents

One
7
Two
23
Three
29
Four
43
Five
57
Six
73
Seven
91
Eight
109
Fourteen
179
Fifteen
197
Sixteen
207
Seventeen
223
Eighteen
235
Nineteen
249
Twenty
255
Twentyone
259

Nine
119
Ten
129
Eleven
143
Twelve
151
Thirteen
163
Twentytwo
271
Twentythree
289
Twentyfour
299
Acknowledgements
304
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About the author (1999)

Roxane Ward has worked in PR and survived relationships, and, when not writing, she makes jewellery. This is her first novel.

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