Clay Bowen is a successful Hollywood television producer with several cleverly disguised rehashes of established hits to his credit. He is also a self-centered, womanizing schemer who has been married to former prima ballerina, Laura Hays, for almost twenty years - although they have been separated for most of that time. Laura had retired from the dance world to have her daughter - the elusive and secretive Nina - then turned to drugs and developed an eating disorder. Clay, having been totally alienated by his wife's clinginess and drug addiction, begins a relationship with best-selling author, Susan Josephs, writer of a book on spousal abuse.
Throughout their 17 years together, Clay constantly demeans Susan - stealing the rights to her New York magazine cover stories, and eventually ousting her from his Beverly Hills bungalow in favor of Bambi Green, a young, hopeful television ingenue searching for her big break.
This book is the story of how the lives of these four women - Laura, Nina, Susan and Bambi - with all their dreams of love and success, are totally intertwined with a charismatic womanizer whom they all mistakenly believe they need in their lives. I really loved this book because it showed just how Clay's separate relationships with all his women worked, or were dysfunctional to them all. I give this book an A+! and look forward to reading another book by Rona Jaffe very soon.
What can I say!! I love Rona Jaffe.. everything she writes is fantastic..
Compelling story of passion, and obsession. Moving through the glittering capitals of the world to the epicenter of the TV and movie industries..to the darkest depths of the human heart
Was a little disappointed with this book. Mostly because of the ending. I like happy endings, but other than that it did keep me interested all the way to the end.
Story of three weak women and the man who loved, lied, and manipulated them. Rather than feeling sorry for these women I wanted to strangle them for allowing this bast*rd to take over their lives.