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When a prestigious cosmetics company in New York City prepares to launch a daring new ad campaign with a Black model, the search involves more than finding the right girl. Once found, she's got to stay alive. So far, of the many called and the few chosen, not one has lived to enjoy her success. And no one seems to know why.
The Price You Pay is a stunning first novel that explores the mixed blessings bestowed on women who live off their looks and dreams. Money, power, reputation - and even more - are at stake in this world of off-and-on glitter. But the players are eager and plentiful.
Makeup artist extraordinaire, Max loves it all - the fabulous clothes, the lights-camera-action, the fashion wars with all the drama. Confidant to the stars, he's seen the rise, fall, and burn out. He knows where the bodies are buried. And he thinks he knows why.
Karine Belfort, the West Indian princess with the beautiful face and the ambitious attitude, arrives from Paris to break out of conventional success in magazines and on runways. Everyone agrees that she is destined for the big time. Almost everyone.
Nicky Knight, a California girl new to New York, wants to follow in her model mother's footsteps. As she does, she finds herself in dangerous territory where even her father, a worldly music mogul, cannot protect her.
Business tycoon Thomas N. Thompson rose from poverty in Mississippi to become one of the wealthiest men in America. Now his brilliant daughter, Christina, president of his company, is challenging his authority with a vision of her own.
As these characters collide with each other and with an extensive, colorful cast, the spotlights move beyond the on-cue smiles of the modeling world to the darker dramas of racism and madness.
Fear strikes an international elite of privileged women and men who find that they have everything - and everything to lose. And then they all must confront the price to pay - not only for success but for life itself.
The short stories of Nouvelle Soul broke critical ground and introduced Barbara Summers as a new literary voice to be reckoned with. This dazzling debut novel will surely advance her position among today's most talented writers. A former professional model herself, Summers knows the world she writes about firsthand, grounding her fiction in the studios, boardrooms, and bedrooms of present-day image makers. The Price You Pay is part whodunit, part love story, and a wholly satisfying excursion through a world we look at, but rarely into.
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Barbara Summers is the editor of the bestseller I Dream A World:Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America and author of a collection of short stories, Nouvelle Soul, and the novel The Price You Pay. Her own story as a model is one of many told in Black and BeautifulFrom Publishers Weekly:
The author of the story collection Nouvelle Soul makes her novelistic debut with a glitzy tale of racism and intrigue in the world of modeling. Someone is killing the black women chosen to represent the Cleo cosmetics company in its new multicultural ad campaign. Selected as a Cleo girl, 18-year-old Nicky Knight, daughter of a pioneering African American model and a music producer, gets worried when she begins receiving threatening notes and anonymous deliveries of 13 roses--just like the two models who have been murdered. An easily identifiable killer and a string of subplots having little to do with the mystery rob the text of narrative tension, but a cast of well-developed characters keeps the reader interested. Summers, herself a former Ford model, writes with firsthand knowledge about the dilemmas faced by women of color in this line of work; glimpses of their rarefied world distinguish this otherwise unexciting example of glamour fiction from the pack of Danielle Steel wannabes.
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Book Description Amistad, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1567430473
Book Description Amistad, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111567430473