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ISBN13: 9780345532749
ISBN10: 0345532740
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.

 

It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.

 

Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.

 

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

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“A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true. . . . Just like the screenwriters of the best romantic comedies, she has taken elements of the familiar and spun them into a novel that’s heartfelt, hilarious and, hopefully, just the first example of what she can do with the written word.”The Washington Post

 

“Warm and funny, charming and smart.”—Diane Keaton, New York Times bestselling author of Then Again

 

“Graham deftly captures what it’s like to be young, ambitious, and hopeful in New York City.”—Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries

 

“A thoroughly charming story.”Entertainment Weekly

 

“With insight, care, and an abundance of humor, [Graham] demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”Library Journal

 

“Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in, but it was her relatable characters (complete with doodled date-book entries!), irresistible romantic twists, and delicious plot that kept me turning the pages until well past my bedtime.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery series

Review:

"Actress Graham's debut novel is set in 1995, a time when Caller-ID was a new feature, faxes were commonplace, and New York City's Times Square was still known for peep shows and unsavory characters. Following a predictable plot, Franny Banks, an aspiring actress living in pre-trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn, is desperate to break into theater but has only six months left on her self-imposed deadline to make that dream come true. With Franny's unruly hair, a body that doesn't quite fit the actress mold, and quirky personality — which too often feels forced — she doesn't see how she can compete with the petite and polished Penelope Scholtzky. Suddenly, Absolute, one of the biggest tal-ent agencies in the business, becomes interested in Franny and things take a turn for the better; she gets jobs and begins a relationship with up-and-coming actor James Franklin. But as Franny rises, she wonders if everything she's worked so hard for is really what she wants. Although much of the story centers on the ordinary realization that what you want isn't always what's right for you, Graham pro-vides an inside peek at the world of acting and the struggles of making it. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Lauren Graham is an actress best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Evan Almighty, and Because I Said So. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.

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Melinda Ott, November 27, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
I'm guessing that it is a great benefit for a first time novelist to already have a following. Lauren Graham is a popular actress with two notable television series under her belt (Gilmore Girls and, presently, Parenthood). Since I enjoy her as an actress, so I thought I'd give this book a try.

Through no fault of the book, it already had one strike against it for me. I just am really not all that interested in the plight of wannabe actresses. There was a time in my life when this would have been right up my alley, but not right now.

I can't blame all of my dissatisfaction on the subject manner. I found this book to be incredibly predictable with very flat, ordinary characters. I don't know how autobiographical this novel is, but Franny is very clearly based on Graham herself. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with that, but I would hope that an author would be able to put more meat on the bones of a character that was so personal. It wasn't that Franny was unlikable--she just wasn't very interesting.

Another quibble I had with this book. It is set in 1995, but Graham doesn't do a very good job of recreating that time period. Other than references to the "Rachel" hairstyle and the fact that they had an answering machine and a fax machine instead of a cell phone and email, this book sort of stood in a no-man's land. At several points, I would wonder why a character wouldn't just call someone on their cellphone--then, oh yeah, this is supposed to be 1995!

Still, Graham had a readable voice and I do think that this book may appeal to some readers. I would be interested to see if her sophomore attempt (if that happens) is a little deeper, but this book just wasn't for me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345532749
Author:
Graham, Lauren
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
fiction;acting;new york;new york city;humor;coming of age;contemporary fiction;women s fiction;contemporary
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 LINE ART IMAGES
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.4 x 6.4 x 1 in 1.35 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Actress Graham's debut novel is set in 1995, a time when Caller-ID was a new feature, faxes were commonplace, and New York City's Times Square was still known for peep shows and unsavory characters. Following a predictable plot, Franny Banks, an aspiring actress living in pre-trendy Park Slope, Brooklyn, is desperate to break into theater but has only six months left on her self-imposed deadline to make that dream come true. With Franny's unruly hair, a body that doesn't quite fit the actress mold, and quirky personality — which too often feels forced — she doesn't see how she can compete with the petite and polished Penelope Scholtzky. Suddenly, Absolute, one of the biggest tal-ent agencies in the business, becomes interested in Franny and things take a turn for the better; she gets jobs and begins a relationship with up-and-coming actor James Franklin. But as Franny rises, she wonders if everything she's worked so hard for is really what she wants. Although much of the story centers on the ordinary realization that what you want isn't always what's right for you, Graham pro-vides an inside peek at the world of acting and the struggles of making it. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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