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Lee Tulloch was born in Melbourne. She has had a long career as a journalist, writing on fashion and culture for numerous publications including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times and New York Magazine. She has travelled extensively and lived in New York and Paris. She now lives by the sea in Sydney. She has written a number of books including the hit fashion novel Fabulous Nobodies and, most recently, Perfect Pink Polish - a collection of fashion articles, published by Penguin.


``Life is cruel to people who aren't fabulous,'' sniffs 20-year-old Manhattanite Reality Nirvana Tuttle. In this lighthearted yet devastatingly accurate and witty social satire, former fashion editor Tulloch parodies hip young New Yorkers like Reality whose lives revolve around superficialities--wearing the right outfits, patronizing the in clubs, socializing with the right people and becoming ``fabulous.'' Fashion is sublime to narrator Reality, who names each of her ``frocks'' and sports a tattoo of the Chanel logo. As the ``doorwhore'' at a trendy nightclub called Less Is More, she haughtily decides who is garbed bizarrely enough to merit admittance. Outrageous '60s chic usually wins approval; demurely clad Jackie Onassis is unceremoniously banished. When she isn't working or scheming to get herself into Frenzee magazine, Reality cavorts with an editor of Perfect Woman who slavishly emulates the gamin look of Audrey Hepburn, and with a transvestite who owns a dog named Cristobal Balenciaga. Tulloch's cutting humor suffuses every detail, though she imparts a noteworthy message: celebrity, like its arbiters and opulent symbols, is vacuous, transient and pathetically overrated. (Apr.)

This 1989 social satire of the club set has become a sort of cult classic. It follows the vapid life of Reality Tuttle, a twentysomething obsessed with her wardrobe, club hopping, and other superficialities. Tulloch makes grand fun of Tuttle and her equally innocuous friends who think they're the beautiful people but actually are clueless wastrels. Since there are so many Tuttle clones around today, this should strike a chord. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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