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The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Jenny Javier, The Knockoff, May 18If you read or saw THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and ever wondered what it would be like to walk in editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly’s designer shoes, wonder no more. THE KNOCKOFF turns the story of a beleaguered assistant on its tail and has taken the editor-in- chief as its protagonist. Imogen Tate, the British-born editor of New York-based Glossy magazine, finds herself in danger of being edged out by a younger and more tech-savvy competition after taking a six-month break to recover from a cancer scare.

Eve Morton, her erstwhile assistant, comes back with a vengeance after earning an MBA from Harvard. If you’ve felt a wave of uncertainty after encountering an onslaught of tech-speaking, device-toting, app-comparing group of millennials in your workplace, you can relate. Imogen finds the office “gray heads” replaced or banished to the supply closet, while a bevy of young assistants who lounge in bean bags text and tweet their way through caffeine-fueled meetings.

The authors can claim insider status: Lucy Sykes is considered a New York It Girl, having moved from London to New York in 1997. Since then she has worked as a stylist, a fashion editor for Marie Claire and most recently as fashion director for Rent the Runaway. Jo Piazza, author of two books, has written for well-known publications like the New York Times and the Huffington Post.

So what to do in the face of an impending battle for her magazine’s survival? To stop Eve from turning Glossy into an app, Imogen finds herself tapping into her inner geek (and summoning help from an internet-savvy tech wizard who parlayed his genius into billions). If you’re looking for a buzzy, beachy read featuring a cast of thinly-disguised fashion and tech characters, THE KNOCKOFF may fit the bill. With enough references to fashion (to satisfy one’s inner Andy Sachs) and technology, the term tech b*&$% ** will suddenly make sense.

**THE KNOCKOFF is released as TECH B*&$% in the UK.

The Knockoff in hardcover is on sale May 19 and in paperback June 1, 2015.


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