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Krantz, Judith.
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New York : Published by Random House Large Print in association with Crown Publishers, [1990]

Physical Description:
844 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Grand Island Library FICTION Adult Large Print Large Print

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"Captivating. Krantz's latest tome... is her  most erotic yet.Dazzle  sizzles." --Daily News, Los  Angeles. Now, Judith Krantz, best-selling author  ofScruples,Mistral's  Daughter, andTill We Meet Again,  invites you into the luscious, monied world of  Jazz Kilkullen, her most daring, provocative,  impetuous heroine yet. "Deliciously sexy."  --Cosmopolitan.   Inside the fun-filled  photographers' studio in California known as  Dazzle, Jazz Kilkullen reigns supreme. At twenty-nine,  this playful, gifted, and thoroughly sexy woman  has become one of the most successful celebrity  portrait photo in the world. "Enjoyable... Jazz is  one of the most likable free souls to emerge from  the novel industry." --The Pittsburgh  Press. But her charmed career and her  dashing private life, which includes three  fascinating-and fascinated-men, are rocked when an  unexpected tragedy leaves jazz to battle her father's  vengeful ex-wife and the machinations of her  half-sisters. At stake is the Kilkullen family ranch, a  three-billion-dollar paradise of unspoiled California  land that developers all over the world would do  anything to possess... and Jazz will do anything to  protect. Absolutely anything. "Judith Kratz's  best novel sinceScruples."  --Associated  Press. "Steamy." --Los Angeles  Times. "Hot... bubbling with sex, intrigue, and-most of  all-money. Krantz is at the height of her form here."  --Booklist From the Paperback edition.

Author Notes

Judith Krantz was born on January 9, 1929 in New York City. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1948. She was a fashion publicist in Paris in the late 1940s. She was the fashion editor for Good Housekeeping magazine, a contributing writer to McCall's magazine and Ladies' Home Journal, and the contributing West Coast editor of Cosmopolitan.

Her first novel, Scruples, was published in 1978. Her other novels include Princess Daisy, Mistral's Daughter, I'll Take Manhattan, Till We Meet Again, The Jewels of Tessa Kent, and Lovers. Her autobiography, Sex and Shopping: The Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl, was published in 2000.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Encountering characters named Jazz (nee Juanita Isabella) Kilkullian and Crumpet Ives, there's no doubt that one has entered the la-la land of Krantz, the doyenne of dish. The erstwhile mistress of the un-put-downable novel, however, has come a cropper in her latest effort: the seams and strain are a bit too evident. The narrative careens giddily among the lives and loves of Jazz, a brilliant celebrity photographer somewhere between Avedon and Mapplethorpe; her rugged rancher father, whose passion has ebbed following the death of Jazz's mother, a legendary Swedish film star (Bergman, anyone?), but whose flames are rekindled by an only slightly over-the-hill model; Jazz's two half-sisters, Valerie and Fernanda, awash in a variety of sexual activities--and lack thereof; and assorted paramours of the above, too numerous (and too forgettable) to mention. Never a disciple of realism, Krantz's interweaving of plots here is too contrived and her relationships, both familial and amatory, too oblique. Her purple prose takes on ever deeper hues, and her customary parade of hyperbolic description is in constant evidence. Jazz's tresses, for example, are variously presented as ``cornflake-colored,'' ``streaked with every color from chutney to tortoiseshell'' and ``French toast, a little burned around the edges, with melted butter streaking over it.'' One hardly knows whether to commend Lady Clairol or Julia Child. 500,000 first printing; first serial to Cosmopolitan; BOMC main; major ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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