Perfect Red

Perfect Red

Jennie Nash / Jun 01, 2020

Perfect Red It s in New York City the height of the Red Scare When the sheltered secretary of a prominent editor becomes obsessed with the story of a glamorous French lipstick she becomes convinced that it

  • Title: Perfect Red
  • Author: Jennie Nash
  • ISBN: 9781480142480
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s 1952 in New York City, the height of the Red Scare When the sheltered secretary of a prominent editor becomes obsessed with the story of a glamorous French lipstick, she becomes convinced that it was the book she was born to write To do so, however, she must overcome her belief that surrendering to passion of any kind is dangerous especially when she enters intoIt s 1952 in New York City, the height of the Red Scare When the sheltered secretary of a prominent editor becomes obsessed with the story of a glamorous French lipstick, she becomes convinced that it was the book she was born to write To do so, however, she must overcome her belief that surrendering to passion of any kind is dangerous especially when she enters into a high stakes game of kiss and tell with the editor s star author, who is in desperate need of a bestseller and a muse They fight for the right to tell the tale, and ultimately, for the right of an author to tell their own truth A whipsmart, wildly original ride that s a heady mix of chemistry, politics, mystery, obsession and a 1950 s heroine daring to find her way The writing sparkles on the page, and the essential question what would you do for your passion becomes as provocative as it haunting Perfect Red is than perfect it s absolutely dazzling Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures Of You

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      • Jennie Nash

        Jennie Nash first began writing essays as a student at Wellesley College, where she wrote the column On and Off Campus for the alumnae magazine As she worked toward a degree in English, she developed a series of essays about her friendship with her roommate, which she later turned into an honors thesis entitled Two Women in Particular Ms Nash graduated cum laude from Wellesley in 1986 After graduation, Ms Nash moved to New York City, where she worked as an editorial assistant at BallantineBooks and an assistant editor at New York Woman magazine She began her freelance writing career while working on these editorial staffs Her personal essays and articleshave appeared in dozens of national magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Self, Shape, Child, Glamour, Mademoiselle, GQ, US, Home, Working Woman, New York Woman, and Readers Digest In addition, her marketing andadvertising copy has been used on products by clients such as Mattel, Fischer Price, Knowledge Adventure, Ford Motor Company and the Los Angeles ad agency, Roddan Paolucci Roddan In 1992, Ms Nash s collection of essays, Altared States Surviving theEngagement, was published by Crown It was excerpted in Cosmopolitanmagazine Ms Nash s second book, The Victoria s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer Scribner, October 2001 Plume Paperback, October 2002 is the story of how the illness made her a wise old woman at the age of 36 The Victoria s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming was a LifetimeTV Bookshelf Pick for October, 2001 and was featured in prominent ads in six major Hearstwomen s magazines Ms Nash has appeared on several major talk shows, including the Rosie O Donnell Show She has taught WebMD classes on illness and storytelling, and is a popular keynote speaker at breast cancer events throughout the country Ford Motor Company purchased 110,000 copies of The Victoria s Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming to use as giveaways in their national education outreach campaign, for which Ms Nash waived her royalties Ford also toured her to major cities to lecture and sign books during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2002, and hired her to write a short work of fiction, entitled My Grandma s Bandana, which was given away at Susan G Komen Race for the Cure events in 2003 and 2004 Ms Nash s third book, Raising aReader A Mother s Tale of Desperation and Delight was published by St Martin s Press in August, 2003 It was a BookSense76 pick for September October, and was awarded a Gold Medal from the National Association of Parenting Publications In 2008, with the publication of The Last Beach Bungalow, Ms Nash became a novelist Her second novel, The Only True Genius in the Family came out in February 2009 and was an Indie Bound Next Notable pick for March Her third book, tentatively entitled, The Encyclopedia ofGrief, is due out in 2010 Ms Nash is an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writer s Program She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two teenage girls.Source Author Site


    1. ~Death sits so close to love, and creation sits so close to destruction, and without the risk of everything flying apart, nothing will hold together.~What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be. I will admit, I was rolling my eyes a little at the thought of women going bonkers over a tube of lipstick. I don't even own lipstick myself and would never in a million years wait in line for a tube of one no matter how magnificent people thought it was. But, there's hardly anything I would wait [...]

    2. The 1950's. The McCarthy Era. Communism. New York. And the most perfect shade of red lipstick ever made that women swore had the power to make a man go wild with desire. No one knows the ingredients that make "Perfect Red" the most universally flattering shade of red except the chemist who created it. And he's not telling. All the makings of a story and Lucy Lawrence, a secretary at Fenwick Publishing, wants to be the one to write it. Haunted by her obsession to write to the story of "Perfect Re [...]

    3. Awesome BookI could not put this book down. The story had my full attention from the first word to the last and then I wished for more. Jennie Nash is a truly talented author.

    4. WHY A PERFECT READ: If you harbor a pre-conceived notion that a self-published book is a 2nd class citizen, then you should check out this movie-like, very entertaining novel. Perfect Red manages to be both light-hearted charming and seriously smart, a romance filled with drama, simple and complex, sweet idealism and harsh realities – an endearing story about passion and the consequences of pursuing one’s dreams.The time is 1952. The place is Manhattan’s powerful and thriving publishing wo [...]

    5. I won this book through First Reads.There were both outstanding strengths and weaknesses to this book, which cancel each other out and lead to my overall rating of this book as "average."Strengths: -Creates a great early 1950s New York City atmosphere - I really felt like I was there in the city with the characters.-This story is told from the first person point of view in a way that is very believable. In other words, I feel like "Perfect Red" was really written by Lucy Lawrence, the narrator, [...]

    6. I received this book through the First Reads giveaways and I was highly impressed!Lucy Lawrence is only a secretary who aspires to become more than that. In fact, she doesn't just want to type, she wants to be a writer. An element that made this story engaging was the time period it was set in, the 1950's. This was near the height of Communism, which is something I hadn't been exposed to in a novel before. I loved that this novel was about lipstick, strangely enough. So much went on in this stor [...]

    7. Set in McCarthy-era New York, Perfect Red is the story of one young woman coming of age and grappling with her sexuality, her urge to be the perfect professional secretary, and her own ambition to write the novel that's haunting her. This is a delightfully fast read that will stay with you long after you finish the book, as you ponder your own career path and the choices you've made to achieve your goals--both good and bad. It will also make you realize how far we've come as women, and how impor [...]

    8. Lucy Lawrence is a strong female character who will linger warmly in your heart. Her integrity and determination to become a writer is a model for anyone who is pursuing a writing career.Jennie Nash's historical page-turner about the publishing industry in the fifties will take you into the world of corruption, of love and lust, of the cosmetic empire selling romance through the perfect red lipstick and the power of speaking your heart's truth.For anyone who loves a good love story and wants to [...]

    9. "Perfect Red" is a thoroughly enjoyable read. The early years after World War II is an era filled with emotional ups and downs. It is in this world of joy of victory, tempered by the McCarthy witch hunts, that Lucy, secretary to a New York book editor, moves. The novel is a fast-moving page turner, and you "feel" for Lucy every step of the way as deception follows deception. The characters are all very finely drawn, no confusing one with another here, and the dialogue spot-on. The plot is totall [...]

    10. I received am Advance Reader's Copy of this book.This was a fast, entertaining read. Set in 1950's New York, the story is about Lucy Lawrence, a young secretary who wants to be a writer. She has a story in her head that has taken hold and she needs to find the courage to put it down on paper. An interesting perspective on how it is to be a writer and how the creative process is. Congrats to the author on this book.

    11. I loved the entire premise of this book. That a lipstick color could have such an enormous effect on the character, Lucy Lawrence, and her entire family was a stroke of genius by the author. The 1950's NYC setting is very well utilized, pulling the reader into Lucy's world. Well done. I've read other Jennie Nash novels and will be looking for more.

    12. The novel is set in the 1950’s during the McCarthy-era. Lucy Lawrence wants more out of life than just the typing pool; she wants to be a writer. The publishing community is male dominated and getting anyone to take her seriously as a writer leads Lucy down a path of danger and romance. This book was hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

    13. supberb, a real pleasant surprise. who knew I would enjoy reading an entire book whose plot surrounded a particular shade of lipstick? And what could be better than a setting of New York City in the 1950's?

    14. I was actually very surprised by how much I enjoyed reading PERFECT RED. I knew very little about the McCarthy era going in, so this was actually rather interesting & gave the story more depth than I had expected. It was a quick read for me & I would recommend.

    15. I just finished reading a signed first copy of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you want a fast read about a 1950s young woman who wants to become a writer (against the odds of a man's world and the McCarthy hearings), this is the book for you. Loved the ending, too. Great job, Jennie Nash!

    16. Seriously? So clichedThe opening pages were so filled with cliche images and themes from the 1950s before even getting to know the heroine that I couldn't read further. I expected so much more with Lisa Cron's name acknowledged and was so disappointed. Had to put it down.

    17. Intriguing! I felt like I was transported into an entirely different time and place, and I had to keep reading to find out what would happen.

    18. Three stars seems harsh, but I "liked it." It was interesting and kept me reading. What kept me from loving it was that it was a bit rushed and I would have liked a little more character development.

    19. I enjoyed this book - a nice mix of drama and historical intrigue. I've been interested in the McCarthy era, but usually only find crime novels set in that time. This was a great story.

    20. I enjoyed this as a quick read. I don't know much about the McCarthy era or the beauty industry. Still the story was intriguing and fun to read. I received a copy from First Reads.

    21. I really enjoyed this book. The desire, the obsession and the conclusion had me riveted to my seat.This is a quick read, a nice escape. I always like Jennie's books

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