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The Booster

A Novel

About The Book

Jillian Siegel is living the quintessential Manhattan life: great clothes, fabulous boyfriend, a job at the hottest ad agency in town. But what nobody knows is that this twenty-nine year-old hides a dark secret - one that involves stuffing her oversize Gucci handbag with high-priced designer clothes and leaving the store without paying. There was once a time when Jillian didn't need to shop (much less steal) to feel whole. But that was long ago - when she spent hours amusing herself in the enchanted world of her uncle's elegant Upper East Side department store, and her mother's prolonged absences were easily forgotten with a new camel-hair coat or a fresh pair of Mary Janes. But then one day it was all gone - pulled right out from under her. Now, years later, her "perfect" life is loosely held together with half milligrams of Ativan and stolen cashmere scarves - and it's only a matter of time until everything crumbles.

Packed with vibrant characters, bristling dialogue, and rich detail, The Booster is a uniquely stylish, deftly woven story about discovering one's true self in the most unexpected places.

About The Author

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Jennifer Solow is a well-decorated veteran of the advertising industry and a displaced Manhattanite. A full-time writer with (finally) a very big closet, she now lives in Mill Valley, California. Visit her website at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (July 24, 2007)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743281843

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Raves and Reviews

"A spectacular debut...thrilling!" - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"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

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