[bksvol-discuss] Re: Just submitted

Wow! I can't wait to read that book! Sounds like a wonderful saga!
Julia
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  From: solsticesinger 
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  Hi, all.

  I have just submitted Lace by Shirley Conran for your validating pleasure. 
It's a long book, close to 500 pages, if I remember correctly. Kurzy gave it a 
99.7 rating. Page breaks have been protected, and errors fixed. Some work might 
need to be done with headers, but, other than that, I think it looks clean.

  As always, if you have any questions, contact:
  solsticesinger@xxxxxxxxx

  Here's a synopsis:

  Four elegant, successful, sophisticated women in their forties have been 
called to the Pierre Hotel in New York to meet Lili, the world- famous movie 
actress.

  Already a legend despite her youth, Lili is beautiful, passionate, 
notoriously temperamental          Each of the four has reason to hate Lili.

    And each of them is astonished to see the others; for they are old friends 
who first met in school, old friends who share a guilty secret- old friends 
whose lives are changed when Lili suddenly confronts them and asks: "Which one 
of you bitches is my mother?"

  The answer to this question-a question that has obsessed and almost destroyed 
Lili-is at the heart of Lace. As the reader travels from an elegant Swiss 
finishing school in Gstaad to the glittering places where the rich and 
successful congregate, the book traces not only the life of Lili 
herself-abandoned, seduced, exploited, but at last rising to triumph as a 
star-but the lives of the four women, one of whom is her mother.

  Lace goes to the very heart of a woman's sensibilities, ambitions, sexual 
needs, and desire for success in a changing world, as we watch the women give 
up their childhood romantic illusions to face life-a life of loves that don't 
always work out, dreams that sometimes don't come true, hard choices that have 
to be faced.

  Shirley Conran has captured the intimate secrets, the guilts, and the 
passions of every woman who has experienced the childhood dreams of great 
romance-and the realities of womanhood.

  No reader will fail to find some part of herself and her experience in the 
lives of these five unforgettable women -

  Judy, the tough, self-reliant American girl who seems invulnerable to her 
rich friends, and claws her way up to become the editor-in-chief of America's 
most outspoken women's magazine... Pagan, the quiet, aristocratic English girl 
who captures the heart of a prince-and at last finds a kind of peace in a 
marriage that is at once a passion and a sacrifice... Kate, the best-selling 
writer, famous, envied, glamorous, who can never get enough success to pay her 
father back for what he did; and who, like the three women she has known all 
her life, may be, in fact, Lili's mother... Maxine, the haute bourgeoise 
Parisienne who marries the man of her dreams, a French aristocrat of ancient 
lineage, only to find that even the most ideal marriage sometimes goes wrong... 
And Lili herself, the tormented child who learns to use sex as a weapon, who 
cannot find peace until she knows which one of these women is her mother, and 
who may be destroyed by finding out who her father is - for that is the deepest 
secret the four women she has brought together have been hiding since the time 
when one terrible night

  turned them from schoolgirls into women       

  Lace is rich in incident, in detail, in story. But the true subject of this 
spellbinding novel is femininity itself, as fragile as the lace these women 
love and wear, as intricately woven, as subtle-and as strong.



  Shannon

  Who can heal, but one who has healed herself? 
  Who can know, but one who has asked and sought? 
  Who can lead, but one who has traveled the way?
  --ancient French proverb 

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