By Kathleen Tessaro
(Avon Books, Paperback, 9780060522278, 319pp.)
Publication Date: April 2004
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Louise C. wants what Jackie O had ...
Unhappy with her looks, her life, and her empty marriage, Louise Canova needs help -- and she finds it in a secondhand bookstore. A forty-year-old encyclopedia of style titled Elegance, this slim volume by formidable French fashion expert Madame Dariaux promises to transform even the plainest of women into creatures of poise and grace. It is a fairy godmother in print, an A-to-Z manual with essential advice that Louise vows to take to heart. But within its pages lie not only clues from her past, but also powerful lessons for the future. And as the old Louise gives way to the stunning new, she's about to find out that there's more to every life than what appears on the surface ... and that everything, even elegance, has its price.
“Through vivid descriptions, lively mishaps and devastating details, Tessaro serves up a witty, original, fast–moving debut.”
“Witty…proves that confidence never goes out of fashion.”
“A breath of fresh air in a wold of increasingly tired–looking chick–lit… a stylish antidote to girly fluff.”
-Daily Express (UK)
“A brilliant read with fashion advice thrown in!”
“A deeply nuanced work.”
“Fabulous fiction. Expect to laugh and maybe pick up some Grace Kelly — Jackie O-esque tips.”
“Funny and witty…devilishly fun to read.”
-Romantic Times, four-star review