PARK AVENUE SUMMER:
Penguin Random House /Berkley
Also by Renée Rosen
WINDY CITY BLUES:
WHITE COLLAR GIRL:
WHAT THE LADY WANTS:
A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age
A Novel of the Roaring Twenties
EVERY CROOKED POT
Published 2007 St.Martin's Press
“‘Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada,’ which might as well be saying ‘put me in your cart immediately.’”—PopSugar
It’s 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine’s brazen new editor in chief—Helen Gurley Brown—shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits...
New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small Midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands a job working for the first female editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.
For Alice, who wants to be a photographer, it seems like the perfect foot in the door, but nothing could have prepared her for the world she enters. Editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed.
While pressure mounts at the magazine, Alice struggles not to lose sight of her own dreams as she’s swept up into a glamorous world of five-star dinners, lavish parties, and men who are certainly no good. Because if Helen Gurley Brown has taught her anything, it’s that a woman can demand to have it all.
Praise for RENEE ROSEN
"Once again, Renee Rosen brings Chicago history alive in this fascinating story of Delia Spencer... A tale of tangled relationships and dubious morality, What the Lady Wants is captivating with a surprisingly contemporary twist."
- Stephanie Lehmann, author of Astor Place Vintage
"What The Lady Wants is as fun and addictive and Chicago-licious as a box of Marshall Field's Frango Mints. And, sadly, you'll finish it almost as fast. A delight.”
- Rebecca Makkai, author of The Borrower and The Hundred Year House
“What The Lady Wants is a story that opens with the Great Chicago Fire and keeps on smoldering to the end. Rosen's characters are finely-drawn... What the lady indeed wants may not be what you assume it to be!”
- Suzanne Rindell, author of The Other Typist
"What the Lady Wants has everything I love in a historical novel: impeccably researched details, a mix of real and imagined characters that are vividly and sensitively drawn, and a heroine who is true to her time yet feels utterly familiar. With Dollface, Renée Rosen crafted an unforgettable portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago; in What the Lady Wants she does the same for the city during its Gilded Age."
- Jennifer Robson, International and USA Today Bestselling author of Somewhere In France
“Rosen skillfully charms, fascinates, frustrates, and moves her readers in this turn of the century tale... What The Lady Wants contains all of the hedonism, decadence, success, and tragedy of the great American novel."
- Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl, Call me Zelda and Fallen Beauty