TIGHT by Patrick Sanchez


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Three Washington D.C. women believe they can transform their lives through plastic surgery.

Sassy and confident, graphic designer Nora Perez is a knockout fitness buff and unrepentant serial dater who thrives on the constant attention she gets from men. But she worries, on the cusp of turning 40, that her ability to attract young studs might be waning. So she enlists her frumpy coworker Brenda to come with her to a plastic-surgery seminar given by a high-profile young surgeon. Brenda, with her teenaged daughter and average-Joe husband, is no competition for the Nuyorican Nora, which is having an affair. After attending the seminar/sales pitch, Nora makes an appointment for several procedures, while Brenda considers the possibility that her husband’s wandering could be stopped by a few artful adjustments to her own looks. Back at work, Nora is annoyed to find her status as office hottie challenged by the arrival of Kamille, a stunning young efficiency expert from Atlanta hired to streamline office operations. What Nora does not know is that behind Kamille’s designer duds and intimidating poise hides a painfully insecure person who has undergone a surgical overhaul in an ongoing quest for “perfection.” In a tragicomic desire for a shapelier derriere, Kamille stoops to a desperate act, and it is up to Brenda and Nora to intervene and save their new colleague from herself. Sanchez (Girlfriends, 2001, etc.) convincingly captures the gore and pain that come with elective surgery, but he ties up the three story lines a bit too quickly.

A frank comedy of manners that exposes both the highs and lows of the modern quest for youth and beauty.

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2006
ISBN: 0-7582-1000-0
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Strapless/Kensington
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2006