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Diary of an Ugly Duckling
by Karyn Langhorne

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What makes an otherwise sane woman appear on a reality TV show?

Especially one as drastic as Ugly Duckling? For Audra Marks, the last straw comes when she loses her shot with handsome Art Bradshaw to the prettier and lighter-skinned Esmeralda Prince.  Read more...


 
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Overview

What makes an otherwise sane woman appear on a reality TV show?

Especially one as drastic as Ugly Duckling? For Audra Marks, the last straw comes when she loses her shot with handsome Art Bradshaw to the prettier and lighter-skinned Esmeralda Prince. Audra's always lived in a classic movies fantasy world of diva dames and handsome heroes, where the costumes are gorgeous, the good guys always win, and love always triumphs. But now, her heart broken, she's decided to do anything to get back her man and show her hypercritical mother she can "pretty up" with the best of them in the bargain.

After all, if the folks at Ugly Duckling can transform a homely, buck-toothed white girl into a ravishing beauty, just think what they'll be able to do with Audra But until she truly believes she's beautiful inside, it won't matter how hot and pretty they make the outside package. And Audra's obsession with perfection may be leading her farther and farther away from what's really important -- and blinding her to the love that's been waiting there all along . . .

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060847555
  • ISBN-10: 0060847557
  • Publisher: HarperTorch
  • Publish Date: June 2006
  • Page Count: 371


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Becoming a swan

What could possibly motivate a sane, smart woman to participate in an extreme makeover for a reality television show? The answer is more complicated than it first appears. In Karyn Langhorne's remarkable and intelligent romance novel, Diary of an Ugly Duckling, Audra Marks has had just one too many bad days as a "fat, black, and ugly" prison guard when she sees an advertisement for the reality series "Ugly Duckling." At odds with her exasperating mother, worried about her sister who is serving in Iraq, and longing to catch the eye of the one man who seems to really understand her, Audra impulsively makes a tape and is chosen for an extreme makeover. The emotional landscapes of beauty and racial identity are explored with a sharp and tender eye, challenging—with both humor and quiet insight—the ideas of what we find beautiful and why.

Barbara Samuel is a four-time RITA winner whose most recent novel is Madame Mirabou's School of Love.

 
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