1985, Simon and Schuster
Set in the circles of the high-fashion magazine "Best",
"October Blood" dissects the domain of the glamorous,
the famous, the talented, the ambitious, the clairvoyant and
the mere poseurs with a wit as razor-sharp and stylish as the
people and places it describes. "October Blood" is
also a moving study of the relationships between four generations
of mothers and daughters, each more extravagant than the last.
"October Blood" portrays with satiric humor, psychological
depth and high literary style a world Francine Gray knows intimately.
Her most ambitious work to date, October Blood is a hilarious,
incisive and at times heart-breaking view from the top.
"It's great fun to see Francine du Plessix Gray wear the
mask of comedy. Her new voices ring with exuberance as her heroines
bring us surprises at first from the Paris collections and then
from a larger world. October Blood - a drama in high
Maxine Hong Kingston
"One is first struck by her marvellously skillful parody
of high fashion lingo - 'gossamer light,' as those formidable
arbiters might themselves have put it. Then she gradually, ever
so subtly, turns these monstrous women into understandable,
even likable, human beings. An extraordinary accomplishment."