The Next Best Thing: A Novel

The Next Best Thing: A Novel

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by Jennifer Weiner
     
 

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Actors aren’t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.…At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she hits the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the…  See more details below

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Actors aren’t the only ones trying to make it in Hollywood.…At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders left her childhood home in Massachusetts and headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to make it as a screenwriter. Six years later, she hits the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Best Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the showrunner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.

Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear for writer’s room showdowns and an eye for bad backstage behavior and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood roller coaster, a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true.

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Editorial Reviews

When the author of Good in Bed and Then Came You writes, book clubs flock and readers rejoice. In her latest story, Jennifer Weiner invites us into the life of aspiring television writer Ruth Saunders, who follows her dream to Los Angeles, where she lives with her winningly unconventional grandmother. Success seems imminent when her sitcom (which shares the title of the book) is accepted; but her jubilation dampens when the creative rubber hits the hard road of television business reality. For poor Ruth, Hollywood it seems is a devil's brew of strong egos and money-minded bureaucrat. Even worse, her completely crush-worthy boss seems immune to any of her tentative advances. A fiction with the words "future blockbuster movie" written all over it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451617771
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
29,863
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Weiner is the author of ten novels, including In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and was the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family sitcom State of Georgia, which ran during the summer of 2011. She lives with her family in Philadelphia. 
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including Good in BedIn Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and Who Do You Love. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
March 28, 1970
Place of Birth:
De Ridder, Louisiana
Education:
B.A., Princeton University, 1991
Website:
http://www.jenniferweiner.com/

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