Marion Zane is the top Trophy—she has it all: a faithful husband, loyal fellow-Trophy girlfriends, queen-bee status over the Hollywood "name-above-the-title" charities, and—best of all—no prenup!
She knows inside information is king, smiles hide jealousy, jackals lure husbands away (or, worse, steal personal assistants), housekeepers have the power to destroy, and that everyone has devastating secrets—including her! It's why she refuses to gossip yet remembers everything.
So why is she so nervous?
Maybe it's because, after years of unchallenged social position, Marion forgets that in L.A., even enemies embrace—especially ones disguised as girlfriends. When she impulsively champions building a much-needed trauma center hospital downtown, Marion breaks the unwritten code by stepping on another Trophy's charity turf. It's a fatal mistake.
Her furious and jealously bitter "girlfriend" joins forces with a powerful mystery partner to destroy Marion. Drugged and framed as unfaithful and insane, she loses her dream life in one lurid, unforgivable humiliation.
Abandoned by her husband, her deepest secrets exposed, Marion is left shattered and literally penniless in paradise. Determined to build the hospital and regain her love, lifestyle, and dermatologist, Marion goes to hilarious lengths to hide her newfound poverty from even her closest friends, living out of her luxury car and using Magic Marker for eyeliner as she raises hospital funding at five-star restaurants.
Fortunately, Marion's loyal, lusty Trophy girlfriends discover her condition through her overwhelmed maid and come to her rescue, employing ferocious manipulation skills, ridiculous logic, and much-needed dermabrasion. Redirecting the same competitive hyperdrive that won the rocks on their fingers, the girls make Marion their new project even as they deal with their own crises.
Still, all the Trophy support in the world might not be able to stop Marion from betraying one of them; then her mystery enemy is revealed and she's given the choice of re-enthronement or vilification. After all, she's a survivor and didn't become Marion Zane by fair play alone.
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Heather Thomas starred as Jody Banks in TV's The Fall Guy from 1981 to 1986. She left acting in 1998 to pursue a screenwriting career. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.From Publishers Weekly:
Actress and screenwriter Thomas's first novel lifts the veil on the already well-exposed world of Hollywood trophy wives. Each of these wives has found wealth through marriage: Marion Zane, the new money socialite and group's queen bee; Lyndy Montgomery Wallert, the fading old guard; Patti Fink, the octogenarian-marrying gold digger; Pepper Papadopoulos, the Southern belle turned Greek heiress; Maya Hanson, the supermodel and Page Six staple; and Claire Price, the small town ingénue. The women are both friends and each other's competition, but their beautifully coiffed exteriors are deceiving. Lyndy finds her family name no longer carries the same weight. Patti leaves her husband asleep each night and goes in search of sexual satisfaction. Pepper humiliates her husband with her superior business sense. Maya must weigh her movie-star husband's desire for a family with her modeling career. Claire's new life isn't living up to the "Secret Rainbow Princess Promise" she made herself back home in Winamac, Ind. And after Marion discovers her husband cheated on her, her cushy lifestyle disintegrates and she must reshape her universe using only her Black Book, and her fight to reclaim her spot atop the social ladder calls into question who the real moguls are: the husbands or their wives?
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