Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamorous New York City of 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine, where a brazen new editor-in-chief–Helen Gurley Brown–shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all things off-limits…
New York City is filled with opportunities for single girls like Alice Weiss, who leaves her small midwestern town to chase her big-city dreams and unexpectedly lands the job of a lifetime working for the first female editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.Nothing could have prepared Alice for the world she enters as editors and writers resign on the spot, refusing to work for the woman who wrote the scandalous bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, and confidential memos, article ideas, and cover designs keep finding their way into the wrong hands. When someone tries to pull Alice into a scheme to sabotage her boss, she is more determined than ever to help Helen succeed.
While pressure mounts at the magazine, Alice struggles not to lose sight of her own dreams as she’s swept up into a glamorous world of five-star dinners, lavish parties, and men who are certainly no good. Because if Helen Gurley Brown has taught her anything, it’s that a woman can demand to have it all.
“…Park Avenue Summer is a delightful summer cocktail of a read!” Kate Quinn New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
“…Despite its 1960’s setting, Park Avenue Summer is also a modern story of the challenges independent, working women still face.” Stephanie Hochschild The Book Stall, Winnetka, Illinois
“…Rosen brings legendary magazine editrix Helen Gurley Brown back to life and captures a beloved bygone era…” Jamie Brenner Bestselling author of The Forever Summer and The Husband Hour
“…Rosen brings Helen Gurley Brown to life … This novel perfectly captures the zeitgeist of 1965.” Sally Koslow Author of Another Side of Paradise