Joan Collins has published four bestselling novels (Star Quality, Love and Desire and Hate, Prime Time, and Too Damn Famous), four lifestyle books (including Joan's Way), and two volumes of autobiography. In Hollywood, the West End, and on Broadway, she has appeared in over fifty-five films, twenty-five TV shows, and countless plays. During her career she has amassed many awards, and is internationally renowned for playing Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. In 1998, Joan was honored with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Two poor little rich girls struggle to find their way in the cruel world of wealth and privilege in this latest potboiler by former Dynasty star Collins (Star Quality, etc.). Born to 1960s Hollywood starlet Laura Marlowe and ruthless, womanizing Greek tycoon Nicholas Stephanopolis, Atlanta and Venetia are as different as, well, Greece and Hollywood. Elder sister Atlanta is every bit her father's daughter-not only is she dark, but she has also inherited his furry arms and facial hair ("many young girls from Mediterranean climates suffer from this embarrassing condition"). Thus Venetia, the image of her mother with aquamarine eyes and blonde hair, becomes the apple of her father's eye, while Atlanta is thoroughly ignored, especially after Laura's mysterious death. At age 20, Atlanta disappears, only to emerge as a swan after months of cosmetic surgery. She soon begins to enjoy the attentions of men, as well as professional success as a magazine editor, but her father continues to snub her. Meanwhile, Venetia chooses to follow a self-destructive path of alcohol, drugs and promiscuity that causes her to lose her glow. Collins's patented glitz and overheated plotting keep the pages turning, but Venetia's rich-girl misbehavior is tabloid predictable, and some readers may be put off by the endorsement of massive plastic surgery as a cure-all. Agent, Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown (U.K.). (Mar. 2) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Set in glorious villas and vacation homes around the globe, and sizzling with backdoor show-biz revelations, it's escapist fantasy with a sour twist of redemption."