A page-turning comedy-drama that's something of a cross between Notting Hill and Roman Holiday, Entertaining Welsey Shaw is the debut novel of John Grabowski, a former newswriter and copywriter who's met his share of celebrities.
Imagine that the most famous and elusive movie star in the world meets with you once a week in secret, and proceeds to make you her confidant, her best friend, her indispensable single person she can talk to. Surrounded by crazies, sycophants and manipulators, she finds you a breath of fresh air.
So you come together in this coffee shop in the heart of New York, week after week, with the understanding that it does not go any further than the four walls of a certain ordinary Starbucks on Manhattan's Park Avenue. Only of course it eventually does. She keeps relying you more and more and keep finding her increasingly fascinating. How could you not? She wealthy, she’s famous, her life is one of envy—Or is it?
Paparazzi, stalkers, and friends who can’t be trusted, these are the people make up her life. And now you have a front row seat into her world, a world that’s not what people on the “outside” think it is, one that’s both more exciting and darker than anything you considered.
Entertaining Welsey Shaw is about feeling disconnected in this age of social-everything. It deals with fame and loneliness in a way most people never think of it, and examines how much of our lives is just the result of divine luck. It deals with the road not taken, the cost of success, and how true conversation seems to be a vanishing art.
Entertaining Welsey Shaw is about two types of people who normally never meet—and what happens after they do.
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Fun trip of a novel, engaging and page-turning. Finished it in a few nights and can't get some scenes out ofmy head, especially the ending and the epilogue. Was surprised to find the little town he described actually exists. Novel is great for people who like romances that aren't exactly romances, stories of what could have been, and characters who's lives are at a crossroads. Overall, highly recommended, one of the best books I've read this summer. Would make a great movie.
John Grabowski's "Entertaining Welsey Shaw" is both entertaining and funny, and is also very well-written. The prose is finely crafted and flows well, without ever making the empty literary gestures common to many self-proclaimed "serious" writers. I was particularly impressed with the protagonist's interior monologues. Daniel is a smart, witty guy thrown into an unexpected and unusual relationship with a celebrity. His musings on the situation - and on his life in general - are some of the most memorable passages in the book. Despite the implausibility of the situation, Grabowski makes the setup believable, aided by well-chosen details of local NYC color and a tight, effective writing style. Much of the book focuses on conversations and personal interactions, which may not sit well with those expecting some sort of action-packed blockbuster. But to my mind, this is another of the book's strengths: thoughtful discussions and shifting relationships between interesting people, told with style and rueful laughter. Highly recommended.