Nine Women, One Dress

Doubleday. Jul. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780385541404. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541435. F
OrangeReviewStarImagine the movie Love Actually in book form and you've got this charming debut. The story follows an "it dress" from New York's fashion season and how it affects the lives of the women who wear it. Felicia, longtime assistant to widowed Arthur, receives the garment from a matchmaking staffer at Bloomingdale's. Jeremy, a movie star who was recently wrongly outed, goes on a publicity date with Natalie, who wears the little black number. There are also vignettes with Sally, who first modeled the dress in a fashion show; Max, the patternmaker for the dress's designers; and Medina, a young Muslim woman who sheds her burqa to see herself clad in Western fashion. We also meet the clerks at Bloomingdale's, who know their customers and are not afraid to work a little magic in their lives, using only fabulous clothing.
VERDICT Chick lit at its best. If this book were a dress, it would fit everyone perfectly and flatter everyone's figure.
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