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Fashionably Late

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  445 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
All of designer Karen Kahn's dreams seem to be coming true. She's been honored with the fashion industry's most coveted award, her marriage is thriving, and some very impressive money is being dangled in front of her in a proposed buyout. The only thing missing is that which she craves most -- a baby. Then shereceives the heartbreaking news that she will never be able to b ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 23rd 1995 by HarperTorch (first published January 1st 1994)
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Diana Dempsey
Aug 26, 2014 Diana Dempsey rated it really liked it
FASHIONABLY LATE was first published in 1994. It wasn’t one of Olivia Goldsmith’s most successful books—I bet those were THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, THE BESTSELLER, and MARRYING MOM—but since she was a superstar novelist, all her novels sold well. Deservedly so, in my opinion.

It’s the story of Karen Kahn, a New York fashion designer at the peak of her career. But her personal life is lacking. Though married to a man she adores, she discovers she cannot bear a child. And she desperately wants one. Nor
Rachel Jaffe
Classic Olivia Goldsmith -- feminist theme, quirky characters, puns abounding.

I think Karen Kahn is Goldsmith's ultimate Mary Sue -- a woman who is not classically beautiful but nonetheless desired by every man because she's SO TALENTED. She's also admired by every woman because she's SO TALENTED. (Exceptions being really bad people, of course, but they're just threatened -- go figure -- because she's just SO TALENTED.) She is also good-hearted and of the people, and the fact that she spends mon
May 20, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this book but probably not as much as The First Wives Club. I think having a few main characters in a book really brings another element to the story. Also i think it can be a harder challenge for the author to write a book with only one main character. If you don't really like them or you cannot relate to them then there isn't really anyone else to root for and you may not be interested in continuing the book. I didn't not like the main character but i didn't love her either. I suppos ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Cyndi rated it did not like it
Took me forever to get thru it. I'm adopted so I found the premise interesting but the story just seemed to drag and drag and drag. Since it was written in the 90's it was a tad dated for me. I think there was mention of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston being married. There were also some typos that you're used to seeing in Kindle books but not in a regular paperback. Not the best book by Olivia Goldsmith.
Marie Gray
Mar 15, 2016 Marie Gray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I read this one years ago when it was first published, and I honestly do not remember much about it other than it passed the time. It may be a great read, but it does not stand out for me.
Kristin Dow
Jun 07, 2015 Kristin Dow rated it really liked it
Great novel that enlightens the reader on trappings of the fashion industry. A worthwhile read; tragic to lose such a talented writer like Goldsmith.
Aug 30, 2009 Suzy rated it it was ok
Desperately needed an editor/proofreader. If you're setting a book in the world of fashion, you should know how to spell the names, at least. Among the errors were "Donetella", Jil "Sanders", and Charles "Jordan" shoes. And then there were the table "clothes" and "Barbara Walter's" and "File-O-Fax"....
Abby Jean
May 16, 2013 Abby Jean rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
re-read. a fashion book that's more about who owns controlling stock and some blather about how you can make clothes in sweatshops in the marianas and claim they're made in the US than about clothes and models. oh well.
May 27, 2008 Mmckinnie rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. The fashion stuff was fun and interesting. Lots of history! Plus, I appreciated how the author attempted to make the public aware of where those 19.99 blouses come from.
Rose Wesselman
Apr 21, 2012 Rose Wesselman rated it it was ok
Not my favorite book by OS. Her general sense of the ridiculous and humor were not there. Fans of Fern Michaels will probably like it.
Oct 30, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
I liked that she addressed the issue of sweatshops, the longing for a baby seemed real. A light read with a bit more depth.
Ann Bourgeois
Jun 22, 2012 Ann Bourgeois rated it it was ok
Trying to finish it. Very slow in the beginning. I love First Wives Club and Flavor of the Month so I will try.
Aug 30, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it
Loved reading about the fashion stuff, and understood the "need" for a baby.
Apr 27, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
Fun with fashion, and revenge as always. Defina Pompey is my hero.
Jan 14, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
Borrowed from Mom. Love and betrayal in the world of high fashion.
Jun 29, 2016 Marie rated it did not like it
Trying to eliminate it - too much name-dropping.
Marian Harford
Nov 23, 2012 Marian Harford rated it liked it
A gentle read, enjoying it
Jackie Simons
Read 5/00
Apr 01, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Olivia Goldsmith (January 1, 1949 - January 15, 2004) was an American author, best known for her first novel The First Wives Club (1992), which was adapted into the movie The First Wives Club (1996).

She was born Randy Goldfield in Dumont, New Jersey, but changed her name to Justine Goldfield and later to Justine Rendal. She took up writing following a divorce in which she said her husband got almo
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