Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
A Novel

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11 Critic Reviews

An entertainment-industry coming-of-age story that manages to avoid many of the clichés of the genre by repurposing them to humorous ends.
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Synopsis

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.
 
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.
 
Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.
 
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

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“A winning, entertaining read . . . [Lauren Graham] has smartly mined just the right details from her own experience, infusing her work with crackling dialogue and observations about show business that ring funny and true.”—The Washington Post
 
“A charmer of a first novel . . . [Graham] has an easy, unforced style and, when the situation calls for it, a keen sense of the ridiculous.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“With insight, care, and an abundance of humor . . . Graham demonstrates that her acting chops are not her only talent.”—Library Journal
 
“Thoroughly charming.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Sweet, funny, and full of heart . . . a dazzling debut.”—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and Where We Belong
 
“Warm and funny, charming and smart.”—Diane Keaton, New York Times bestselling author of Then Again
 
“Graham deftly captures what it’s like to be young, ambitious, and hopeful in New York City.”—Candace Bushnell, New York Times bestselling author of Sex and the City and The Carrie Diaries
 
“Fresh and funny and full of zingers, Lauren Graham’s charming writing style instantly drew me in.”—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of the Princess Diaries and Heather Wells Mystery series
 

About Lauren Graham

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LAUREN GRAHAM is an actress best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She has performed on Broadway and appeared in such films as Bad Santa, Evan Almighty, and Because I Said So. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.





Author Residence: New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA





Author Hometown: Northern Virginia
 
Published April 30, 2013 by Ballantine Books. 352 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 27 2013

...Graham pro-vides an inside peek at the world of acting and the struggles of making it.

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by JOANNE KAUFMAN on May 03 2013

"Someday, Someday, Maybe" is a vague, unfortunate title. It sounds—oh, dear—like a movie starring Katherine Heigl. And the novel doesn't end so much as trail off.

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Kirkus

Good
on Feb 26 2013

An entertainment-industry coming-of-age story that manages to avoid many of the clichés of the genre by repurposing them to humorous ends.

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RT Book Reviews

Good

Dashed hopes and dreams with a splash of tenacity make for an incredibly appealing main character in a delightful debut novel by actress Graham...

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The Washington Post

Excellent
on Apr 26 2013

...her book succeeds as a winning, entertaining read largely because of Graham’s confidence and ceaselessly observant wit.

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Zimbio

Excellent
Reviewed by jennifersnapshot on Apr 30 2013

If you are a fan of the self-deprecating yet self-aware witty banter that Lorelei Gilmore was known for, I think you’ll also like Franny Banks. This novel was a quick, funny, light, warm-hearted read — a great debut.

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Reviewed by Kerry Ann Morgan on May 17 2013

It’s funny, sweet, and quirky and will make you yearn for the days of rushing to the answering machine for the magic message that may change your life.

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Chicklit Club

Good
on Jun 06 2013

Actress Lauren Graham has created some really wonderful characters and given them a storyline that is both fresh and entertaining.

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Annenberg Digital News

Good
Reviewed by Katie Buenneke on May 11 2013

With plenty of keen insight and wry commentary about the nature of the "biz," "Someday, Someday, Maybe" is an enjoyable novel.

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PolicyMic

Good
on Apr 30 2013

Besides completing a longtime goal with writing her book, Graham could be following in the footsteps of other actors who have become successful authors.

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Palatine Public Library

Good
Reviewed by CarlyT on May 14 2013

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a charming, breezy book with an inside look at the acting world--callbacks, auditions, finding an agent, filming a commercial, landing the first big job, etc.

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