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    A lifelong friendship begins when ugly Marsha Feldstein meets gorgeous Jinx O'Malley in New York City in the 1950's. Marsha, a witty self-starter working her way through college waiting tables, marvels at the meteoric rise of the indifferent Jinx, whose only real ambition is to love and be loved, but whose beauty brings her fame and fortune.
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    First, guileless Jinx is recruited into the entourage of the egomaniacal artist"Tom Tom" Blalack. His promotor, Helsinki Braw, gets her into modeling and acting. Jinx's life becomes a blur of fittings, shoots, travel, parties, spending sprees, spartan diets, failed marriages, and obsessed men. Marsha, meanwhile, shuns men, moves to Paris, and slowly works her way up throught the ranks in the cosmetics industry, eventually starting her own line, "Miracle," in London.
    Over 40 years, they keep in touch and cross paths many times. Their friendship even survives Jinx marrying author Jake Orben, whom Marsha has loved from afar for years, and whose work merely bores Jinx. Over time, Jinx's star begins to fall, but Marsha hits her stride. They lose touch for 15 years. When they reconnect, Marsha is in for a shock.   
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Life of a profession:    -   model Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   model Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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