Talking to Paul Rudnick at a conference last July, he described his latest book at comic-romantic-fantasy. He was inspired when he was looking through old photos with his mum. Looking at a younger him, Paul remembered that he “always thought he was so ugly back then.” That’s how the novel Gorgeous came to be.
Becky Randall is 18, and sees herself as “an awkward mess of split ends and cankles.” Then a top flight designer promises to make her into the most beautiful woman in the world. What follows is sometimes hilarious, sometimes a little sad, and always giving up great insights about how we see ourselves compared to how others see us.
This book is a box of chocolate and a hug, all on paper.