By Norris Church Mailer
Cherry Marshall seeks a lifestyles past the confines of her Arkansas global. “Sweet Valley was once now not where for a woman with stars in her eyes, and that i had stars sufficiently big to blind me.” forsaking all of the comforts–and problems–of domestic, she units out to go into the hot York modeling international on the complex age of 22. At “five-twelve,” with surprisingly white eyebrows, the platinum-blond good looks could be a little too targeted to slot in with the newest crop of all-American women dominating the magazines of the period. but aided by means of her Southern smarts, her force, and a slightly of kingdom naïveté, Cherry unearths herself within the correct position on the correct time–and with the entire correct humans.
There’s make-up artist Salvador, who moonlights as “Miss Sally”; Suzan Hartman, a version grew to become employer head and fellow Arkansan; Mrs. Digby, Cherry’s eccentric landlady, a former Ziegfeld lady; Aurelius, a saxophonist and neighbor who piques Cherry’s romantic pursuits; and Lale, a hunk from again domestic who skipped out on his fiancée, Cherry’s pal Cassie, to develop into an undies model.
It all unfolds like a dream–this new international the place males have boyfriends, and work of soup cans move for paintings. As Cherry’s megastar starts off to upward push, she reveals herself at Max’s Kansas urban between Andy Warhol’s glamorous crowd, eating at Elaine’s, and drawing the eye of excessive society. yet their subtle, occasionally shallow methods are usually at odds with Cherry’s homegrown values. the road among correct and fallacious blurs, and the ingenue will observe how a ways she’s keen to visit remain on top.
Mailer vividly captures an exciting period while manhattan urban was once the burgeoning heart of artwork and model, whilst being younger and gorgeous used to be the single foreign money one wanted for survival. neatly written, filled with humor and desire, Cheap Diamonds reminds us that regardless of the place we go back and forth in lifestyles, we're by no means very faraway from home.
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Cheap Diamonds: A Novel by Norris Church Mailer