By Maura Moynihan
Maura Moynihan's first novel, Covergirl, blends truth and fiction in an excellent and intriguing roman ? clef that attracts richly from the author's personal adventures as a Warhol woman and from her decades of operating with Tibetan refugees in Asia. Meet Veronica Ferris, the daughter of an imperious socialite and a kindly yet absent diplomat. clean out of school, Veronica lands in new york in pursuit of romance, disco, and rock 'n' roll—an arrival that threatens to usurp her mother's bold attack on big apple excessive society. keeping her "double lifestyles" as a skilled partygoer and a bearer of the esteemed Ferris family members identify is a high-wire act that calls for way more crafty and reticence than younger Veronica at the start realizes. With its unforgettable heroine and wry, hugely enjoyable voice, Covergirl is instantly a poignant coming-of-age story, a pleasant social satire, and a colourful modern day odyssey.
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I mean, who cares? ” “What? ” How odd that he referred to himself in the plural, not singular, when they were alone, just the two of them in the lunch room. ” “Like, let’s see . ” Veronica opened her diary and began to read. “New tips on how to get upgraded to ﬁrst class without paying for it. How to play dumb at customs. Effective strategies for hogging the limelight. How to break up with a guy and make him feel guilty. How to go native without looking ridiculous. To pierce or not to pierce. Test your international IQ.
Veronica skimmed the headlines, advertisements, and 30 COVERGIRL fundraising appeals. There were so many things to care about—global warming, tax reform, radon gas, adult illiteracy, grants for the ballet, all kinds of cancers, and police states that were arresting painters and novelists. If there was so much to worry about, why didn’t she care about any of it? Helena’s new set, the Beneﬁt Ladies, had made her deeply cynical about the Good Cause business. During her ﬁrst round on the charity circuit, Helena had committed to some early childhood education programs, but the ﬁeld was crowded and the big money and the top names were all into diseases, so Helena started hosting lunches for bone marrow research—or was it skin cancer?
The inﬂatable Oreo cookie footstool belonged on top of the Mayan funeral urn; the television was of course nestled into the huge Edwardian rocker; the paint cans needed to be stored under the Chinese armoire. A polished blond man in a pale blue suit stepped forward with a date book. “John, the people from Vivant are coming over at 1:45. ” John whirled around and presented Veronica. A crowd materialized, mute and fascinated. They were all young and pretty and dressed in expensive sweaters from downtown boutiques.