Protagonist Cat is assistant to a celebrity, one Rochelle "Rocky" Love. Cat works hard to help her boss, and in her downtime she picks her way gingerly through the sophisticated maze of life in Manhattan. Rocky is a has-been who is intent on reviving her career by producing an autobiography. Rocky expects a sympathetic rendering of her past, but Rocky’s ghostwriter easily unearths her flaws and errors. When Cat is burned by Rocky, she teams with the ghostwriter to publish Rocky’s unsavory history. This savvy and quietly funny story is told from Cat’s perspective, which is both young and knowing. With her clear and sober tone narrator Marisa Vitali shares Cat’s view of life along with an authentic, inside vision of Manhattan life.
Is fame really worth all the trouble?
Aspiring cartoonist Catherine "Cat" Gold earns her living as a celebrity assistant in uptown Manhattan, while navigating the cramped downtown spaces of life, love, and alternative art. Her boss is Rochelle "Rocky" Love, a celebrated 1970s feminist and has-been '80s radio and television star who is convinced she can forge a '90s comeback with an autobiography. But the ghostwriter hired to glorify her life instead reveals a battleground of treachery and hypocrisy, littered with lies and sex that cross all the boundaries. When Cat herself experiences Rocky's duplicity and learns that the icon is a fraud, she is fueled by a sense of disappointment and conspires with the ghostwriter to reveal the unspeakable truth about their narcissistic boss.
©2011 Katia Spiegelman Lief. (P)2013 Audible Inc.
"Wonderfully funny and terribly true." (Fay Weldon)
"Taut, clean storytelling." (Publishers Weekly)
"Readers will want to read more of this talented writer's work." (New York Journal of Books)
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