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Fabulously Fashionable

Fabulously Fashionable

A Novel

  • reading group guide
Twenty-eight-year-old Isabel Bookbinder has figured some things out:she’s moved in with her loving lawyer boyfriend, and despite her mother’s adoration of all things matching, she’s finally discovered her true calling—fashion design. After all, she knows her Manolos from her Louboutin, her Pucci from her Prada, and she’s always poring over fashion magazines (the celebrity pages of fashion magazines, that is). She’s even landed a position with Nancy Tavistock, editor at top fashion magazine Atelier, and creative muse to hot designer Lucien Black.

So learning from the very best, the future’s looking bright for Isabel Bookbinder: Top International Fashion Designer. Within days she’s putting the final touches on her debut collection, has dreamed up a perfume line (Isabelissimo), and is very nearly a friend of John Galliano. Yet nothing ever runs smoothly for Isabel, and fabulously fashionable as her life may be, it soon seems to be spiraling a little out of her control.

With her characteristic humor, charm, and tendency to stumble into sticky situations, Isabel Bookbinder is an irresistible heroine you’re sure to fall in love with.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439155769 | 
  • May 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Fabulously Fashionable Life of Isabel Bookbinder includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Holly McQueen. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

Isabel Bookbinder, an aspiring Top International Fashion Designer, has many comedic encounters while pursuing her latest dream job. Initially considered a “failure” with no direction in life, she struggles to gain the respect of her family. Through lying to get her foot in the fashion industry’s door, she is able to get a head start on her career. Isabel uses the support of her friends to get through the hardships related to romantic and professional relationships. After having a rocky beginning, Isabel’s life starts to turn around and come together as she realizes the necessary steps she must take to obtain her dream.

Discussion Questions
  1. Throughout the novel Isabel talks about not wanting to become a “Stepford Wife.” How does this direct her decisions within her relationships with Will and Ben? What actions show their perspective on gender roles? Do you think social class plays a role in one’s atti
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Holly McQueen
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Holly McQueen

Holly McQueen is the author of four novels—The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder, Fabulously Fashionable, Confetti Confidential, and There Goes the Bride. She lives in London with her husband.

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