I’ll Take Manhattan HC Judith Krantz Crown 1986 1st print


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I’ll Take Manhattan Hardcover
by Judith Krantz (Author)

Here is Judith Krantz’s greatest triumph–I’ll Take Manhattan. In the high-stakes world of magazine publishing, she weaves a dazzling tale of love and betrayal, and creates her most joyous character–sensational Maxi, an uninhibited woman who unexpectedly discovers that her talent for life is matched by a hunger to succeed.

Gorgeous, flamboyant Maxi Amberville is twenty-nine and has already discarded three husbands on two continents. Life is a stream of endless pleasure in her lavish Trump Tower apartment–until her widowed mother married a man who plots to sell her father’s magazine empire. And Maxi turns her incredible lust for living into a passionate quest for power.

Maxi takes over the small weekly Buttons And Bows. She gathers her hot-blooded ex-husband, sassy daughter and a coterie of the powerful elite. Then, risking all, Maxi creates B&B –the glitziest, ritziest, most successful fashion magazine in the country. Here is a dramatic, sizzling story of love, family, ambition and one unforgettable woman who gives life and love everything she has.

Few can beat Krantz for pure energy. The author of bestsellers Scruples and Princess Daisy has penned another splashy romp through the lives of the rich and the slightly-less-rich, using Manhattan for a glittering backdrop. As the shareholders of Amberville Publications can attest, a family tree wouldn’t be complete without twisted branches. The magazine empire of the late Zachary Amberville is being pulled to pieces by his envious younger brother, Cutter, whose first official act after marrying his sister-in-law is to ax four periodicals. Within a year, he expects to sell those remaining at a huge profit. But Cutter hasn’t reckoned on his feisty niece, Maxi, who, at 29, has been a mother once, a divorcee three times, and a spendthrift all her life. Sailing into battle with aid from her brother Justin, a photographer with a past of his own, and her macho first husband, Rocco, Maxi turns a dying magazine into a wild success. Light sparring between the formerly-marrieds keeps the book humming along, although the scuffle with Cutter is abruptly dropped when the extent of his duplicity becomes known.

Hardcover: 437 pages
Publisher: Crown Publishers, Inc.; 1st edition

This was the fifth Judith Krantz novel I read. I think it is one of her best. It is the story of Maxi, a woman whose parents own a highly lucrative magazine company. Her father had died, leaving her mother the sole owner, until she marries Maxi’s uncle, Cutter. He decides to discontinue many of the magazines, including the struggling Buttons and Bows. Maxi makes a deal with her uncle, where she can do with Buttons and Bows all she wants for a year before its future is final. With that time, Maxi slowly turns it into B&B, which becomes the first runaway success for the women’s demographic since Cosmopolitan. This is a very well-written novel, and while Maxi is perhaps an extremely hatable person, you end up rooting for her in the end.

Wear to dust jacket. Wear to book cover. 1st printing. 0-517-56110-7.


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