In her heart, Nina Goldman knows that beauty is only skin deep. But as a teenager growing up in Akron, Ohio – with her larger-than-life father Artie, a colorblind carpet salesman and frustrated musician – the only thing Nina wishes for is…to be beautiful. Or at least normal. As if having such an eccentric dad wasn’t enough, Nina has another issue to face: the mirror. Born with a strawberry birthmark over her eye, Nina spends countless hours applying makeup and trying out ridiculous hairstyles designed to hide her eye. Convinced that her birthmark is the only reason she’s not popular and can’t find a boyfriend, Nina must find other ways to survive high school. With a string of crazy exploits that have her riding in dryers and appearing on TV, Nina proves she’ll do just about anything to fit in, and even more in the hope of finding love.
“…Park Avenue Summer is a delightful summer cocktail of a read!”
“Filled with wit, heart, and verve, Rosen’s novel dazzles and empowers. Simply wonderful!”
“… a novel for our keeper shelves to read and re-read …”
“…Rosen brings legendary magazine editrix Helen Gurley Brown back to life and captures a beloved bygone era...”
“…Rosen works her magic, transporting us to the offices of Helen Gurley Brown’s Cosmopolitan in 1960s New York, …”
“… Park Avenue Summer is pure joy from cover to cover. I loved it.”
“…Rosen brings Helen Gurley Brown to life … This novel perfectly captures the zeitgeist of 1965.”
“Renee Rosen combines meticulous research with a true affection for her characters...”
“Embrace your inner ‘Cosmo Girl’ and enjoy this fascinating tale.”
“Full of atmosphere, the novel explores the woman behind the legend… I couldn't put it down!"
“…an easy hand-sell addition to Renee's collection of books. I am such a fan of her and her characters!"
“…Despite its 1960’s setting, Park Avenue Summer is also a modern story of the challenges independent, working women still face."
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