Lucky Stars [NOOK Book]


All she wanted was for her mother to get a life – preferably, her own.

Aspiring actress Stacey Reiser left Cleveland for the bring lights of Hollywood – and for the chance to escape the constant meddling of her widowed mother, Helen. With her first feature film about to be released and the hope that her romantic life will heat up too, she gets a jolt: Mom is moving to L.A. ...
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All she wanted was for her mother to get a life – preferably, her own.

Aspiring actress Stacey Reiser left Cleveland for the bring lights of Hollywood – and for the chance to escape the constant meddling of her widowed mother, Helen. With her first feature film about to be released and the hope that her romantic life will heat up too, she gets a jolt: Mom is moving to L.A. and renting an apartment down the street.

Helen has always been a cranky consumer, firing off complaint letters about products that displease her, but when she finds a bone in her can of tuna fish she goes straight to the company’s headquarters, dragging Stacey along, and is so passionate about quality control that they hire her to be their TV spokeswoman.

Suddenly, it’s Helen who’s the star and Stacey whose career sinks into oblivion; Helen who snags a rich boyfriend named Victor and Stacey whose movie gets panned by insufferably handsome film critic, Jack Rawlins. Mother and daughter have totally switched places.

But then Stacey discovers Victor’s shady past and must convince Helen that he’s bad news – before it’s too late.

“Wildly inventive… Heller’s prose is quite funny and always engaging.” – People

“Fresh language, with singular energy… spirited, effortless entertainment.” – Publishers Weekly

“Jane Heller’s winning novel is one no grown-up daughter should miss.” – Woman’s Own
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist (April, 2003) - Kathleen Hughes
Heller writes the kind of uncomplicated and popular novels that make it onto lists like "People's Beach Book of the Week." Here, in the former book publicist's tenth novel, we meet Stacey Reiser, a struggling Hollywood actress. Nearly 35 years old, Stacey is still plugging away waiting for her big break, in the meantime making do with commercials and part-time retail jobs.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly (March 3, 2003)
This frolic by Heller (Female Intelligence) may be the spiritual descendant of Freaky Friday, but she delivers her story in fresh language with singular energy. Stacey Reiser comes to Hollywood to become an actress. It also doesn't hurt that L.A. is far both from her native Cleveland and from Helen Reiser, a feisty, 66-year-old know-it-all widow who's marvelous as a walk-on in your life but impossible as a mother.
People Magazine (April 28, 2003) - Dan Jewel
Just as 34-year-old actress Stacey Reiser - the heroine of Heller's 10th novel - is on the verge of success, she finds herself starring in a real life comedy of errors. The plot of Lucky Stars is wildly inventive - from that tuna business to Stacey's extravagant attempts to investigate her mother's fishy new boyfriend. Heller's prose is quite funny and always engaging. In the end, Stars shines.
BOTTOM LINE: Lucky charms.
Boston Globe (May 11, 2003) - Diane White
Jane Heller's funny, fast-moving Lucky Stars may not be the perfect Mother's Day read. Or it may be, depending on your circumstances amd your sense of humor. Narrator Stacey Reiser is a struggling 34-year-old actress in Los Angeles whose loving mother, Helen, is wont to call her multiple times daily to ask why she's not married yet. This is bad enough long-distance, but then her mother decides to move from Cleveland to LA, to an apartment around the corner from her beloved daughter.
Woman's Own - Woman's Own (July 2003)
Jane Heller's winning novel is one no grown-up daughter should miss. Cleveland-born Stacey Reiser moved to Hollywood to make it as an actress - and to escape her interfering mother. Then Helen decides to move to Hollywood, where she does a commercial and becomes the toast of the town. How do you deal with a mom who's leading the life you crave?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014941938
  • Publisher: TMG Electronic Self Publishing Services
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 279,126
  • File size: 550 KB

Meet the Author

After nearly a decade of promoting bestselling authors for New York publishing houses, Jane Heller became a bestselling author herself. Her 13 novels, nine of which have been sold to Hollywood for movies and television, are now entertaining readers around the world. She has also written a nonfiction book about her passion for baseball and the Yankees, as well as a forthcoming survival guide for those caring for a loved one with a chronic or critical illness. Born and raised in Scarsdale, New York, Heller currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, Michael Forester.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2004

    Ugh! Her worst yet!

    It's a shame this release was actually published!!! I've read Hellers other books and always found myself laughing out loud and throughly enjoying each page. (At times I'd read straight through in one night.) This time however I kept reading all the way through, hoping that it would get better. Alas the wit was dry, barely funny, a not too difficult to figure out storyline and very little in the way of romance as some of her other books had. Shame. Hopefully Heller's writing skills haven't left her entirely and her next book will be far more enjoyable.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    first class dramatic comedy

    She loves her mother but budding actress Stacey Reiser really wishes that she would get a life. Stacy is tired of her mother¿s frequent phone calls, unsolicited advice and suggestions on how to hold on to a man. Even though there is not a man in her life at present, she is getting roles in movies and televisions shows instead of commercials. When Helen Reiser sells her home in Cleveland and moves close to her daughter in L.A. Stacey goes into shock. Stacey becomes persona no grata in movieland when Jack Rawlings of Good Morning Hollywood trashes her part in a movie. Through a quirky set of circumstances Helen becomes the star in a series of tuna fish commercials, which leads to her to becoming a Hollywood icon. Stacey is happy for her mother even though she has to take a sales job to pay the bills. She becomes very concerned when her mother falls for a man with a shady reputation. Stacey, with the help of Jack (the pair are now an item), try to dig up some evidence against him because her mother won¿t have her daughter dissing her boyfriend. LUCKY STARS is a first class dramatic comedy starring two strong-willed women who are experiencing role reversal. Readers will find themselves chuckling out loud at some of the conversations these two women exchange. The romance between the actress and the film critic adds another layer of complexity to the plot, as does Stacey¿s antipathy of her mother¿s beau. Jane Heller is a talented writer whose latest work crosses genre lines with this lush witty melodrama. Harriet Klausner

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