ABOUT THE BOOK
LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIESAuthor: Laura Stampler
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . .
Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take?
Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.
There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job...right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?
CUT SCENE FROM LAURA STAMPLERWhen I handed my editor the very first draft of LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES, it was way longer than it supposed to be. And so, to spare readers from lugging around a book the size of War and Peace in their beach bag, cuts had to be made.
Unfortunately, one of the casualties of the revision process was a jolly, Broadway musical doorman named Lothar. While I mention him a few times in the book (I mean, Lothar is too good of a name to get rid of entirely!), his scenes were seriously whittled down.
I’m so grateful that I have a chance to show him to the world again in this blog!
Here’s a snippet from a cut scene in which Harper is running late to her first day of work:
Aunt Vee's doorman, Lothar, has a strong Austrian accent, an un-ironic mustache that curves up at the sides over his pink cheeks, and a beautiful singing voice. I learned the latter when he helped me unload my bags from the airport Super Shuttle last night. Lothar spiced up the cursory "Where are you from?"/"Where are you from?" conversation by breaking into a very loud rendition of "The Hills Are Alive." No verse was left unsung. Apparently The Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg, a piece of hometown trivia that Lothar is very enthusiastic about. ("The actress who played Gretel ate cho-co-late cake from mein Mother's café eff-ry day. She just laufed her cho-co-late.")"Someone ees looking fabulous this morning," Lothar says as my heels click out of the elevator. His billowing voice resonates throughout the marble foyer of the 5th Avenue apartment."Thanks, Lothar. Unfortunately someone took so long getting ready that someone is totally going to be late for the first day of her internship. Oh my God, someone is totally going to get fired!"Lothar looks confused. Because obviously. I break it down in actual coherent sentences:"Um, I'm running really late. Could you please, please call a car for me?"Lothar assures me that the building's car service specializes in "running late" and entertains me with more Sound of Music stories as I anxiously check and re-check the Google Maps app on my phone for my projected arrival time. I had hoped to get to work a good half hour early so that I could grab a real New York bagel and drink an iced coffee on the edge of the office building's iconic fountain while mentally preparing for my first day, but clearly that isn't going to happen. I'll be lucky if I get there with thirty seconds to spare.Although I love hearing Lothar’s stories, I fly out of the foyer as soon as the car arrives before the friendly doorman even has a chance to finish saying "Good Luck."
About Laura Stampler
Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.
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