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On the Come Up: A Novel, Based on a True Story

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Based on a true story, an impassioned and propulsive debut novel about a headstrong girl from Far Rockaway, Queens, who is trying to find her place in the world

Written in an urban vernacular that’s electrifying and intimate, On the Come Up introduces a heroine whose voice is irrepressible, dynamic, and unstintingly honest. Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a school for pregnant teens, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she’s due to give birth—she lands a lead role. For a time, AnnMarie soars—acting for the camera, flying to the Sundance Film Festival, seeing her face on-screen. But when the film fades from view and the realities of her life set in, AnnMarie’s grit and determination are the only tools left to keep her moving forward.

Told with remarkable compassion and based on the real-life story of Anna Simpson, whom the author met during the filming of the award-winning Our Song, Hannah Weyer’s debut novel is an incredible act of literary ventriloquism that powerfully illuminates the lives of the urban unseen.

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"This vibrant debut novel based on a real-life story from indie filmmaker Weyer is set in the urban community of Far Rockaway, Queens, and explores the struggles of a local girl trying to carve out a life beyond the expected. When AnnMarie Walker starts eighth grade, she knows that having brand-name jeans and the best voice in her music class doesn't mean much unless you can back it up with attitude. Her sass attracts the attention of Darius Greene and their romance turns a naïve AnnMarie into an expectant mother at 14. As her belly grows and the relationship takes a violent turn, AnnMarie lands a role in an indie film that expands her world and takes her to Sundance. AnnMarie's journey to make it as an actor is as rocky as the first few years of single motherhood, and she faces the grim reality of what it takes to succeed in work, family, and love without advantages. Weyer skillfully handles each phase of AnnMarie's life with a tonality that serves her growing maturity and shifting goals. Weyer's compassionate storytelling and experience as a mentor for at-risk youth lends her compelling novel an inspiring pathos without losing its sharp, realistic edge. Agent: Alice Tasman, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (July 2013)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Based on a true story, an impassioned and propulsive debut novel about a headstrong girl from Far Rockaway, Queens, who's trying to find her place in the world

 

Written in an urban vernacular that's electrifying and intimate, On the Come Up introduces a heroine who is raw, moving, funny, and unstintingly honest. Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a high school for pregnant girls, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she's due to give birth — she lands a lead role. For a time, AnnMarie soars, acting for the camera, flying to the Sundance Film Festival, seeing her face on screen. But when the movie closes and the realities of her life set in, AnnMarie's grit and determination are the only tools left to keep her moving forward. Told with remarkable compassion, On The Come Up is a triumphant novel of aspiration and inspiration that powerfully illuminates the lives of the urban unseen. Like Sapphire's Precious Jones, AnnMarie Walker will talk herself off the page and into your heart.

About the Author

HANNAH WEYER is a filmmaker who has won awards from Sundance, DoubleTake Documentary, and South by Southwest. Her screenwriting credits include Life Support, starring Queen Latifah. For fifteen years she has mentored at-risk youth with her husband, filmmaker Jim McKay.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385537322
Author:
Weyer, Hannah
Publisher:
Nan A. Talese
Author:
Simpson, Anna
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Lesbian Fiction
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.54 x 5.98 x 1.14 in 1.14 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This vibrant debut novel based on a real-life story from indie filmmaker Weyer is set in the urban community of Far Rockaway, Queens, and explores the struggles of a local girl trying to carve out a life beyond the expected. When AnnMarie Walker starts eighth grade, she knows that having brand-name jeans and the best voice in her music class doesn't mean much unless you can back it up with attitude. Her sass attracts the attention of Darius Greene and their romance turns a naïve AnnMarie into an expectant mother at 14. As her belly grows and the relationship takes a violent turn, AnnMarie lands a role in an indie film that expands her world and takes her to Sundance. AnnMarie's journey to make it as an actor is as rocky as the first few years of single motherhood, and she faces the grim reality of what it takes to succeed in work, family, and love without advantages. Weyer skillfully handles each phase of AnnMarie's life with a tonality that serves her growing maturity and shifting goals. Weyer's compassionate storytelling and experience as a mentor for at-risk youth lends her compelling novel an inspiring pathos without losing its sharp, realistic edge. Agent: Alice Tasman, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (July 2013)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Based on a true story, an impassioned and propulsive debut novel about a headstrong girl from Far Rockaway, Queens, who's trying to find her place in the world

 

Written in an urban vernacular that's electrifying and intimate, On the Come Up introduces a heroine who is raw, moving, funny, and unstintingly honest. Thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. While attending a high school for pregnant girls, AnnMarie comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she's due to give birth — she lands a lead role. For a time, AnnMarie soars, acting for the camera, flying to the Sundance Film Festival, seeing her face on screen. But when the movie closes and the realities of her life set in, AnnMarie's grit and determination are the only tools left to keep her moving forward. Told with remarkable compassion, On The Come Up is a triumphant novel of aspiration and inspiration that powerfully illuminates the lives of the urban unseen. Like Sapphire's Precious Jones, AnnMarie Walker will talk herself off the page and into your heart.

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