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The Next Best Thing

A Novel
Narrated by: Olivia Thirlby
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
3.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Blockbuster number one New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner returns with an irresistible story about a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood....

At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-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.

©2012 Jennifer Weiner (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Utterly engaging." ( Time)
"A writer of innate brilliance." ( The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Weiner has a brilliant eye for social stratum, character sketches, and renderings of suburban atmospherics." ( The Washington Post)

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