Armani AngelseBook - 2011
PR guru Gemma Bristol is on the edge. Haunted by panic attacks, she can barely maintain her veneer of chic control as she manages her celebrity clientele's every whim as well as the daily challenges thrown at her by wayward teen Tyler, her complex career and her flailing marriage to Stephen. To further add to her stress, Gemma's constant stream of parties and life of affluence starts to sicken her with its decadence. With the help of her flakey, yet well-meaning girlfriend Chantelle, she attempts to relieve her rich-girl guilt by offering her PR skills to Grand-Dame of Charity, Lady Frances. The Dame and her committee of well connected ladies raise funds for underprivileged children by hosting the social event of the year, The Chocolate Ball. Arriving on the scene with iPhone drawn and database-merge systems on high alert, Gemma is shot down in flames by Dame Frances and her old-school committee, who are quite frankly, more than happy with their tried and true methods and quite soon a war is waged. Dame Frances challenges the na ve, new-money upstart to a duel. Each one is to host her own Chocolate Ball and whoever raises the most funds will reign as the ultimate charity queen. Meanwhile Gemma's marriage hits rock-bottom, her son gets suspended for defacing the school and her boss in New York is cranking up the heat in both the boardroom and the bedroom. Armani Angels is a close-up, behind-the-scenes encounter with the do-gooders of the social set; those of the moneyed class who try their best to help the underprivileged, so long as it doesn't mark their Jimmy Choos. A world where it's one for all and all for me and may the better doyenne emerge triumphant but of course, darling, it's all for a good cause.
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 online resource.