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4.64  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Maxine, as she herself puts it, is “one opinionated broad.” Her grown daughter, Dodie, an au natural social worker in a domestic violence shelter, has plenty of opinions too—mostly polar opposites to those of her mother, a proud member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. After fleeing to the US from Capetown as a teenager, Dodie had never expected the two ...more
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Gary Garth McCann
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sit still in the chair of permanent makeup artist Maxine while she dispenses chicken soup for the soul and gives you a makeover that goes way deeper than the skin. The South Africa she fled, her casual Judaism, the husband who used her as a meal ticket, her current gentleman’s depressions, her daughter’s floundering, her love of her profession, and her love of having a profession—all are in the soup kettle.
Unbeknownst to Maxine, her daughter Dodie, a social worker, hides battered Shelley at
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Rob Ross
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Captivating Exploration of Character and the Concept of Beauty

Permanent Makeup tells the story of Maxine, a South African immigrant and proud member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, and her grown-daughter Dodie, a burnt-out social worker whose marriage is collapsing. When Dodie uses her Mother’s salon to hide her client Shelley from an abusive lover, Maxine uses her skills to disguise and ultimately change Shelley. This transformation serves as the fulcrum for revealing the
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Maribel Ibrahim
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a wonderful read and any mother or grown daughter will consider it a gem. Living near Annapolis myself, the local references were a real treat to read and each character gave a very introspective glimpse of themselves.

As a mother, the realistic ruminations of both Maxine and Dodie where hauntingly familiar and the dialogue was witty and charming. I even love the clever title, Permanent Makeup. Not only does the book refer to a type of cosmetics industry, called permanent makeup, it
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Sally Whitney
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading a novel written by someone you know can be daunting. Reviewing it can be even worse. What if you don’t like it? In the case of Permanent Makeup, such fears were never a problem. This novel delivers on every level. The characters are distinctive, and the plot kept me turning pages all the way to the end.

Written by Terra Ziporyn, one of my fellow contributors to Late Last Night Books, Permanent Makeup is the story of three generations of women—Maxine, her daughter Dodie, and Dodie’s
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Gerald
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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My first task after reading Permanent Makeup is to thank Ms. Ziporyn for an enriching reading experience. It's not the kind of story I usually read, which makes it even more precious for me. The writing is brilliant. I doubt if I ever had the vocabulary Ms. Ziporyn does, but if I did, I've forgotten most of it.

I was impressed with the character-building in Permanent Makeup. I didn't like any of the characters as people, yet I was fascinated by their inner worlds. In the end, I guess that's what
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From the author: "Maxine, as she herself puts it, is 'one opinionated broad.' Her grown daughter, Dodie, an au natural social worker in a domestic violence shelter, has plenty of opinions too—mostly polar opposites to those of her mother, a proud member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. After fleeing to the US from Capetown as a teenager, Dodie had never expected the two would ever again live in close proximity. Even as a grown woman, and
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Julie
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This author is clearly very intelligent, and I was impressed with the quality of writing as well as some of the unique ideas. I could have had slightly more drive to continue reading, and I found some of the dialogue to be repetitive. But I marked many pages that I felt had amazing phrasing or else really captured an intriguing thought. Absolutely worth reading.
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