Once upon a time four aspiring authors met at their very first writers' conference. Ten years later they're still friends, survivors of the ultra-competitive New York publishing world. Mallory St. James is a workaholic whose best sellers support a lavish lifestyle. Tanya Mason is a single mother juggling two jobs, two kids, and too many deadlines. Faye Truett is the wife of a famous televangelist and the author of inspirational romances: No one would ever guess her explosive secret.
Kendall Aims' once-promising career is on the skids - and so is her marriage. Her sales are dismal, her new editor detests her work - and her husband is cheating. Barely able to think, let alone meet her final deadline, Kendall holes up in a mountain cabin to confront a blank page and a blanker future.
But her friends won't let her face this trial alone. Together they collaborate on a novel using their own lives as fodder, assuming no one will ever discover the truth behind their words.
No one is more surprised than they are when the book becomes a runaway best seller. But with success comes scrutiny and scandal...as these four best friends suddenly realize how little they've truly known each other.
©2009 Wendy Wax (P)2012 Tantor
"Wax sheds insight on the writer/reader relationship and nurtures this invisible bond throughout. Sure to appeal to fans of women's fiction and aspiring writers." (Library Journal)
this is another one of those "middle of the road" books. Nothing actually bad and not exactly boring, but....not much happens. A group of women that are friends, help one of them out, have problems that each are struggling with individually, get caught for helping the friend, get in a fight and then make up. The End.
At times, I felt that the author just skimmed over each character and didn't make their struggles interesting enough to engage me.
It passed the time, but is not memorable. Narration was probably the best part of the whole experience.
If it was marginally good.
It just spent too much time describing fairly unlikable women. I found it difficult to empathize with these self involved, self important, boring women. I'm usually not so critical of books. But I was really disappointed after reading such favorable recommendations. I couldn't even finish it.
The narration was the only redeeming quality.
This is not your ordinary "triumph over adversity" book. Wendy Wax has created a story about writing a book and the publishing industry into a believable story about the lives of four diverse female authors. I really loved the insights into writing and publishing, but most of all I enjoyed the individual voices of each character. You can almost believe that this is something that really happened. You won't regret the credit or the time you spend on this book.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
If you're a fan of writer Wendy Wax then you already know the major components of this story. First we have three women who are very good friends. One of whom lacks financial resources; one of whom has a husband with at least one foot out the door; and finally one who is well-to-do and in a sensitive marital situation. In this case one of the principal characters has a bad case of writer's block and has not only lost her husband but her publishing deal as well. In order to get out her final book for her old publisher her friends decide that they will pitch in and get this one done.
There is unfortunately the small issue that all three of these ladies are under contract to different publishing houses. Then there is the nasty New York rep, determined to ignore whatever book the writer puts out.
So will these ladies overcome the obstacles before them? Well of course they will.
Like a great many of the writers in this genre the inability to come up with a creative plot line is compensated for by the knack for creating three dimensional characters that people can relate to and care about. In addition the narrator is an excellent reader and seems to have found the voice of each character. Though Ms. Wendy doesn't seem too creative when it comes to different story lines, her characters are universally likable and her books leave you feeling happy.
A group of women that all have writing in common come together for a writing awards ceremony. They are all facing difficult situations and possible failing writing careers. These women become supportive of each other as they come to understand the challenges that each other face.
Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach just because it discussed the lives of four completely diffferent people.
Perhaps looking into the life of the character that lived with her mother and children.
Not as much as I did the other books.
I was slightly disappointed in this book. Perhaps because I had high hopes compared to the other two books I'd read. It is still a good read and I would recommend it, just not as highly as the other ones.
I'm typically a Wendy Wax fan but this one is not a favorite. The plot was supposed to be meta - a book about writing a book - but was mostly dry and uninteresting. The conflict seemed unrealistic as did the resolution. I'd skip this one for sure in favor of the Ocean Rd series instead.
The Accidental Bestseller is a testament to friendship. Authors Kendall, Mallory, Faye, and Tanya meet at a writer's conference and become the best of friends. When Kendall's writing career and marriage hit the skids, they all decide to help by collaborating in secret on a new book, Sticks and Stones, to be published under Kendall's name only. When the book becomes a bestseller, Kendall struggles with guilt because she cannot give credit to the others, while the others come to grips with their jealousy over Kendall's success. And what if the secret is exposed? They all work for different publishers plus they have used the secrets in their own lives for their characters. Will disaster strike and they all be found out? Friendship is a powerful bond but will it triumph over chaos?
Reader & Listener
Everything was so predictable. The characters really seemed to have been picked out of a catalogue--each to cover a trope. Totally two-dimensional.
It was kind of a cute idea, but beyond the premise, it was really tiresome.
The genre is pretty hit or miss, so I have nobody but myself to blame for this pick. (Usually love something fluffy to listen to during walks with the dog.) The author seems to think that the concept is new. When are writers going to figure out that there have been a ton of books written about writers and the books they write? Oh, she wrote a novel about authors writing about their lives, therefore duplicating the novel itself? How CLEVER! As another review mentioned, everything was absolutely predictable (both story lines and the outcome). It was also impossible to like/sympathize with the characters, who were unbelievably idiotic. *SPOILER ALERT* How can anyone with a triple-digit IQ think it's a good idea to: 1) write an autobiographical story with enough identifying information for the public to figure out who it's about; 2) use it to spill all of your potentially-devastating secrets; and 3) "disguise" the characters with pseudonyms nearly phonetically identical to their real names?
I listen to my books in the car. Found myself not wanting to get out when I would arrive at my destination because I was so into the story line.
My only complaint is that the narrator doesn't take breaks between chapters so I never really had a good place to stop.
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