Book Reviews of Lace

Author: Shirley Conran
ISBN: 54286
Pages: 588

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Publisher: Simon and Schusterman
Book Type: Hardcover
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From the dust jacket: "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 live 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.