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Author: Jennifer Weiner Narrator: Olivia Thirlby Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781442348936
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Blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood…

At twenty-three, Ruth Saunders headed west with her seventy-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she’s hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie’s going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials. 
     Set against the fascinating backdrop of Los Angeles show business culture, with an insider’s ear and eye for writer’s rooms, bad behavior backstage and set politics, Jennifer Weiner’s new novel is a rollicking ride on the Hollywood rollercoaster and a heartfelt story about what it’s like for a young woman to love, and lose, in the land where dreams come true. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Weiner’s snappy new novel showcases her humor and style.”

    Washington Post

  • “Weiner is coming off a year in Hollywood, and she puts the experience to excellent use in this utterly engaging story of a showrunner who, after six years of slogging, finally gets a series on the air, only to discover that her troubles are only beginning—meddling studio execs, egomaniacal actors and one crushable but unobtainable boss.”

    Time

  • “An entertaining story about the dream-crushing compromises on the road from page to screen.”

    People

  • “Jennifer Weiner is funny and dead-on when it comes to building a satisfying summer read.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A knockout. Perfect comic timing meets effortless dialogue and an engaging plot…Enjoy your place on top of the lit world, Jennifer Weiner. You’ve more than made it.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A fascinating glimpse into the television industry…Weiner’s strong sense of comedy comes through in her characters’ witty banter and Ruth’s writing. You will cheer her on in her quest to find success and love.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Full of warm and interesting characters as well as a wealth of insider industry detail (Weiner was a cocreator of an ABC Family sitcom), this is a must-read for Weiner’s many fans and anyone who enjoys smart, funny fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • “Ruth is a multidimensional heroine, and Weiner gives her real heart and soul. Readers will root for her to get everything she ever wanted—not to settle for the next best thing. This is contemporary women’s fiction at its finest.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism, and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

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About the Author

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels. After graduating with a degree in English literature from Princeton, she worked as a newspaper reporter in a number of states but became a full-time writer after the publication of her first novel in 2001. Her novel In Her Shoes was made into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, and she is the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family show State of Georgia. As a public speaker, Weiner has appeared on the Today show, the Martha Stewart Show, and her work has appeared in such publications as Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, and others.

About the Narrator

Olivia Thirlby is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Leah, alongside Ellen Page, in Juno; as Natalie in The Darkest Hour; and as Judge Cassandra Anderson in Dredd. Other film credits include United 93, The Secret, and No Strings Attached.