Solow's spectacular debut sounds a warning to fashionista shopaholics while providing a healing catharsis that anyone grieving over the loss of a loved one can appreciate. "It is mine. It is mine. It is mine" is the mantra Jillian Siegel repeats before any major shoplifting expedition, believing her hobby is not a crime but her "birthright." The Upper East Sider's addiction to larceny increases after she loses her ad agency job just before the agency acquires the coveted Loevner's department store account. Loevner's had once been owned by Jillian's dying uncle Bingo, a beloved parental figure. As a little girl in bunny fur, Jillian had appeared in the original ad that defined Loevner's upscale glamour. After Shelly, a needy young drifter whom Jillian meets in jail in the wake of a tourist-trap incident, introduces Jillian into a Peruvian shoplifting ring, Jillian becomes the ring's star American booster. "Designer clothes are like armor" providing "protection from the masses," Jillian thinks, but by the thrilling wind-up, Solow, an ad agency veteran, has ripped the tags off this assumption, forcing Jillian to face what compels her to steal. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"A spectacular debut...thrilling!" - Publishers Weekly
"Solow writes remarkably well - both tender and razor sharp." - The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
"A heart-stopping look at the pathology of a fabulously dressed shoplifter." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"The Booster is a true original. I thoroughly enjoyed this warm, witty, well-written book." - Jane Green, author of The Other Woman and Jemima J
"Solow steals the show with this energetic debut." - People