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Barbara Bourland is the author of the novel I’ll Eat When I’m Dead, a murder mystery set at a fashion magazine, and was formerly a web producer for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network and O, The Oprah Magazine. She accidentally ingested her first Tinkerbell perfume at age five, learned to sew at age seven, and has been passionately playing dress-up ever since.
I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD
Grand Central Publishing – May 2, 2017
When stylish Hillary Whitney dies alone in a locked, windowless conference room at the offices of high-concept magazine RAGE Fashion Book, her death is initially ruled an unfortunate side effect of the unrelenting pressure to be thin.
But two months later, a cryptic note in her handwriting ends up in the office of the NYPD and the case is reopened, leading Det. Mark Hutton straight into the glamorous life of hardworking RAGE editor Catherine Ono, who insists on joining the investigation. Surrounded by a supporting cast of party girls, Type A narcissists and half-dead socialites, Cat and her colleague Bess Bonner are determined to solve the case and achieve sartorial perfection. But their amateur detective work has disastrous results, and the two ingenues are caught in a web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that changes their lives forever.
Viciously funny, this sharp and satirical take on the politics of women’s bodies and women’s work is an addictive debut novel.
Praise for I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD
“I can’t put I’ll Eat When I’m Dead down, I LOVE it. Biting, funny, and brilliantly subversive; Bourland’s debut is like The Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho.“―Louise O’Neill, author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It
“A funny, fierce, feminist crime novel set around a fashion magazine called Rage? I’ll take one in every colour, please.“―Sarra Manning, Literary Editor at Red