"Lipstick Jungle": The book made me wonder (and grieve over) what my career might have been, if not for chronic illness... the TV series starts 2/7.
I just finished the book... and now I find out it's going to be a television series starring these three lovely ladies. Yes, that is Brooke Sheilds.
"SERIES PREMIERE tomorrow, Thursday February 7th 10/9c - "Pilot" - Movie Exec Wendy Healy, Editor-in-Chief Nico Reilly, and Fashion Designer Victory Ford are modern New York career women supporting each other through triumphs and tears that are all part of making it in the Big Apple." See the video clip at the end of this post.
I think the book was great chick lit. I'm looking forward to the series.
WARNING: THIS MIGHT BE A SPOILER (I.E. IT MIGHT SPOIL PART OF THE BOOK FOR YOU)
From the book:
"Men are just frightened little people with penises attached."This from Wendy, in her pep talk to Nico when Nico was having second thoughts about the wisdom of getting her boss, Mike, fired. The boss cried, then he called Nico a bitch and Viktor's (Mike's boss') "little hand maiden."Nico didn't mind being called a bitch. That pretty much came with the territory of being a women in the man's world of upper management. She was much more bothered by the "little hand maiden" comment. You'll need to read the book to see her reasoning on that one...
I thought I was pretty much past wondering what might have been regarding my career. But I had an epiphany towards the end of the book. I was listening to the book and driving, and one thought led to another. One thought being: During the part where Nico has to fire her own boss so she can take his job, she likens the experience to having a child; incredibly difficult during the event, totally wiped out afterward, but the result was she had a great job/child and the knowledge that neither project would get easier.
The other thoughts this led to:
I really thought I had dealt with these issues. Guess it's the old onion skin analogy. I keep dealing with them, but on increasingly deeper levels, peeling the skin of the onion ever deeper.
- I'll never know what I could have accomplished professionally, because at the age of 50 I am fighting for my social security disability application to be approved, having lived with chronic illness for the duration of my professional life, from my very first job at Woolworth's at the age of 16. (Endometriosis from the beginning of my cycle.) Afterthought: When I look at it like this, I did OK considering. I made middle management.
- I'll never know what it would have been like to have and raise a child.
RE: Having a child, I've thought we're both probably better off (me, and the unborn child), considering what my life has been like. Failed marriage, inability to support myself because of illness, etc. etc. etc. But still I wonder what it would have been like...
So if you like chick lit, I highly recommend this book. The jury's still out on the series...
Hey, wouldn't it be great to see a female character with ICI on a TV series?