'Persona,' By Genevieve Valentine

March 14, 2015 11:03 AM

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I have been reading Genevieve Valentine's writing for a long time, and as much as her fiction delights me, I confess that the work of hers that brings me the most pleasure is her series of Red Carpet Rundowns. Without fail, whether it's the Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards or Emmys, I can count on Valentine to provide entertaining sympathy for stylists and celebrities alike, a list of the most noteworthy looks of the night, and a wry running commentary on when celebrities elevate — or are elevated by — their sartorial material.

But even more than this, I love her commentary on the Miss Universe National Costume Parade, which I couldn't help but read into Persona, her new novel about a disturbingly near-future world where international diplomacy has the breathless importance of Hollywood gossip.

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