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The next best thing : a novel, Jennifer Weiner

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The next best thing : a novel
Title
The next best thing
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Weiner
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Language
eng
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Visibly scarred from a childhood car accident that killed her parents, smart and solitary Ruth has decided that she can’t depend on anyone but herself and her young-at-heart grandmother, Rae. After a potential workplace romance goes sour, Ruth, an L.A. screenwriter, leaves her television gig and freelances for a while, helping teens write college-entrance essays and ghostwriting online dating profiles. When her pitch for a sitcom gets picked up, she ventures back to the world of television only to find that her vision—a comedy featuring a quirky Everygal and her sassy grandma—gets derailed at every turn, from bad casting to bawdy rewrites. Weiner herself has recent experience in sitcom-land, lending realism to the plot. Ruth is a multidimensional heroine, and Weiner gives her real heart and soul (and some nifty sex scenes to boot). Ruth’s relationships with her grandmother and her new studio bosses ring true, and readers will root for Ruth to get everything she ever wanted—not to settle for the next best thing. This is contemporary women’s fiction at its finest. -- Vnuk, Rebecca (Reviewed 09-01-2012) (Booklist, vol 109, number 1, p45)
  • It's westward ho for Ruth Saunders, who settles in Los Angeles with her grandma and finally has a sitcom accepted for production. (It's called, not surprisingly, The Next Best Thing .) Alas, the actors are prima donnas, the executives all bottom-liners, and the boss oblivious to Ruth's big crush on him. Then there's grandma's upcoming wedding. Weiner is, of course, huge; there's a ten-city tour, a book-club push, and lots of promotion plans. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed February 15, 2012) (Library Journal, vol 137, issue 03, p80)
  • A sitcom showrunner finds the road to her first series launch much rockier than expected. When Ruth Saunders gets "the call" from the network telling her that her original series, The Next Best Thing, is a go, at first she is incredulous. Although she's served her time in a writers' room, she never expected to sell her autobiographical concept about a young woman, Daphne, and her grandmother, Nanna Trudy, who move to Miami to seek their fortunes. Ruth moved to Hollywood with her grandmother, Rae, and they've both enjoyed success, Ruth as a comedy writer and Rae as an extra. Rae raised Ruth from toddlerhood after a car crash killed her parents and disfigured Ruth. (Even after multiple surgeries, one side of Ruth's face is badly scarred.) After Ruth is hired as an assistant to two writer-producers, Big Dave and Little Dave, they help her develop and pitch her own show. The process of bringing the series to air is sardonically chronicled by Weiner, herself a TV veteran. Ruth's hopes for Next are systematically dashed. The network suits insist on a terrible rewrite of a critical scene, and now Nanna has morphed from Golden Girls ditzy sophisticate to randy, superannuated cougar. (So shocked is Rae by her raunchy doppelganger, that her relationship with her granddaughter is sorely tested for the first time.) The zaftig leading lady (Daphne is insecure about her weight) shrinks down to a wraith of bulimic proportions, while shilling for a new diet. The seasoned character actress playing Nanna is replaced because the suits want a name, and the bimbo who caused Ruth's departure from her last writing gig is hired as Daphne's sidekick. Worse, Ruth has, for once, gotten what she wished for in the romance department--her first requited love, yet she pushes Little Dave away. The plot, exposition and flashback, heavy at first, pick up speed as complications multiply. Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood's sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2012)
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10120183
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Weiner, Jennifer
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3573.E3935
LC item number
N49 2012
Literary form
fiction
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  • Women screenwriters
  • Self-realization in women
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Label
The next best thing : a novel, Jennifer Weiner
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Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
Extent
389 p.
Isbn
9781451617757
Lccn
2012015557
Label
The next best thing : a novel, Jennifer Weiner
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Atria Books hardcover ed.
Extent
389 p.
Isbn
9781451617757
Lccn
2012015557

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