Covergirl: Confessions of a Flawed Hedonist by Maura Moynihan

By Maura Moynihan

Maura Moynihan's first novel, Covergirl, blends truth and fiction in an excellent and intriguing roman ? clef that attracts richly from the author's personal adventures as a Warhol woman and from her decades of operating with Tibetan refugees in Asia. Meet Veronica Ferris, the daughter of an imperious socialite and a kindly yet absent diplomat. clean out of faculty, Veronica lands in big apple in pursuit of romance, disco, and rock 'n' roll—an arrival that threatens to usurp her mother's bold attack on manhattan excessive society. preserving her "double existence" as a skilled partygoer and a bearer of the esteemed Ferris family members identify is a high-wire act that calls for way more crafty and discretion than younger Veronica in the beginning realizes. With its unforgettable heroine and wry, hugely unique voice, Covergirl is right away a poignant coming-of-age story, a pleasant social satire, and a colourful modern day odyssey.

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Goodness, there goes a leg. She wrapped an arm around Wilhelm’s hip in a mock tango. Even drunk, he wasn’t bad on the dance floor. Strobe lights and camera bulbs exploded and she felt a surge of giddy delight as music poured through her. Yes, the dance floor was globalization’s greatest instrument, the melting pot of the five continents. Wilhelm, you rake . . WHAT TIME IS IT? WHERE AM I? WHO IS THIS—OCCO? NO, IT’S what’s-his-name, William, no, Wilhelm . . Oh no, too much wine . . Oh shit . . I must get out of here before he wakes up .

Veronica suspected that the Benefit Ladies felt Helena had enjoyed altogether too much success, with a fabulous new apartment in the Park Legend and a flattering spread in Vogue, so she deserved a little failure. The Lunch Coven would be only too pleased to take full measure of Veronica’s turbulent double life. Helena whisked Dolly out the door, allowing Veronica the opportunity to sneak off to the new master bedroom in search of missing letters, books, and of course, jewelry. The bedroom was a solemn, ostentatious space filled with canopies, curtains, and bookshelves.

You never know when your luck will run out and sometimes you’ve got to make a run for it. I’ve had to do it on a number of occasions. ” There stood Aaron Eastman, wielding his briefcase like a pistol. ” Winston kissed Veronica on the forehead. “Veronica dear, I want you to enjoy this city while you can. ” Winston and Aaron headed toward the elevator, with Wu shuffling behind. Was Winston giving her permission to pursue her double life? There was one way to find out, and that was to accept John Penn’s luncheon invitation.

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