<b>It's a woman's world</b> New York City is where everyone goes to make dreams come true. But beware: New York is not a place for the faint of heart. Amid the glitz and glamour, competition is fierce. The strong make it to the top, but only conquerors remain there and rule. Hold on to your Manolos. Candace Bushnell, best-selling author of <i>Sex and the City</i> and <i>Trading Up</i>, is back. Her new novel, <b>Lipstick Jungle</b>, is the triumphant story of three successful New York women in their early 40s who know exactly what they want: love, passion, power and a lot of money. The moment of truth has arrived for Victory Ford, an elegant and determined fashion designer. She is awaiting the fate of her latest innovative collection during Fashion Week. However, she is also annoyed by the fact that no matter how successful she is in her profession, society will deem her a failure as long as she remains a single woman. Wendy Healy, president of Parador Pictures, has problems of her own. Life at home is chaotic. Her unconventional marriage to her stay-at-home husband is falling apart and she doesn't know how to put it back together again. Furthermore, she doesn't know if she really wants to. Beautiful Nico O'Neilly is a bona fide lioness whose no-nonsense attitude has taken her to places most people only image. Her hunger to be satisfied sexually leads her into an adulterous affair, while her hunger for power leads her into battle with the one person standing between her and her dream of being CEO in a division of her company her boss. Bold and candid, with a philosophical bent, <b>Lipstick Jungle</b> just might be Bushnell's best book yet. <i>Tanya S. Hodges writes from Nashville.</i>

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