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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.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 15 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 28, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #69,328 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#859 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,523 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,945 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2018
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The characters are one-dimensional, the "secrets" that come out weren't even worth a raised eyebrow, there is lots about how books get promoted, and there is no chemistry or real humor or depth or anything that makes one want to continue turning the page.
Wendy Wax's early work was fun and witty and satisfying to read. This one was not.
The real book was not bad by any means; I enjoyed it, and the inside look at the publishing industry was interesting. I never knew how books were chosen, how some were promoted over others, etc. In that aspect it reminded me of my favorite rock biography "Something So Strong" about Crowded House and why their first album was a hit in the US but not the later ones. The record industry and the publishing industry has much in common, it seems.
There were a few problems with the book when it came to fleshing out the characters and the conflict. There were five subplots, one for each female lead, and the other characters in each plot (especially the male characters) were not fleshed out. We knew nothing of the three husbands except that they were judgmental, selfish boors. The kids were no better, especially the grown ones. The best-written characters were the female antagonists, Trudy and Jane. They weren't admirable, but they stole every scene they were in. I wish there were more scenes with them, and more scenes in general; there was a lot of "telling instead of showing" and a lot of "stating the obvious." There'd be lines like "She was guilty because she only wrote a fourth of the book, but her friends loved her and they were the best friends in the world." Of course, anyone who had read up to that point would know both of those things!
The main problem was that the central conflict was lacking in a little drama. Will the writers' publishing companies sue another publishing company? Will the writers' fans get mad if they ghost wrote a novel? Would fans stop buying books because an author's parent's committed suicide years before (I hope not, in real life!). It's not really life or death situations we're dealing with here.
Overall, though, I did like the book, though. I would give Wendy Wax another look, maybe in a more chick-lit type of book. I just wish there was an evil editor like Jane to tighten up some of the prose and plot points.
Mallory is so busy enabling Kendall she cancels a long-planned trip with her husband Chris. I haven't got past the half-way point of the book, but I see trouble coming. Tanya is too busy at work to talk over 5 seconds to her children when they call for help, but she drops everything and heads to the mountain cabin where Kendall is sulking. Tanya leaves her children in the care of her drunken mother, who seldom leaves the trailer all 5 of them live in. All her mother wants to do is drink. It is never explained who shops and buys the booze that Mother drinks, since she stays home all the time. Tanya? So far, Faye is OK, but that's not going to be enough to keep me with this long, much too drawn out book. Save your money.