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Beverly Hills adjacent, Jennifer Steinhauer, Jessica Hendra

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Beverly Hills adjacent
Title
Beverly Hills adjacent
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Jennifer Steinhauer, Jessica Hendra
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Feeling neglected by her actor husband who is more focused on finding a job than on her, June Dietz's world turns upside down when she meets successful television producer Rich Friend, who is attentive to her every need
Review
  • This satirical look at the entertainment industry follows an anxious actor and his put-upon wife during pilot season. Mitch Gold’s show, Molar Opposites, gets canceled, throwing him back into the large pool of actors seeking work for the new television season. Mitch doesn’t possess the matinee-idol looks that help an actor land lead roles, so he is forced to compete for supporting parts and finds himself up against his nemesis, Willie Dermot, who always seems to be just a slightly better fit for the roles Mitch wants. Meanwhile, Mitch’s wife, June, a poetry professor at UCLA hoping to get tenure, is under pressure to keep up with the fashionable, judgmental ubermoms at their daughter’s preschool. When a handsome, charming producer named Rich pursues June, she falls into a passionate affair and starts to wonder if life with Rich might make her happier. Anyone longing for a real look at the day-to-day business of Hollywood—from auditions to set—will find it in Steinhauer and Hendra’s piercing, funny send-up of Tinseltown. -- Huntley, Kristine (Reviewed 05-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 105, number 17, p61)
  • Steinhauer and Hendra's debut casts a reproachful gaze on the television industry as hopeful actor Mitch Gold stumbles from audition to audition. It's pilot season, and as Mitch fails to land a role and his career woes burden his marriage, his wife, UCLA poetry professor June Dietz, begins to lose sight of tenure and catch the eye of a television writer. Though Mitch is affable and insecure, there's a predictable rhythm to his troubles: first, he auditions, then he panics. Hendra and Steinhauer are at their best when they stick to June, who is lovable and sympathetic: an amateur gourmet with a caustic wit and a longing for New York, she loves her daughter and despises the mommy politicking that runs rampant at preschool, providing a rich line of comedy as svelte mommies say they love cupcakes before cutting them into bits and spitting them out, and ostracize June for having a career. The marriage and Hollywood troubles will be familiar to fans of light Tinseltown fare, but the authors' sense of humor gives this book plenty of pep. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 16, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 11, p39)
  • A debut novel about the TV industry during pilot season.An English professor at UCLA, June Dietz is out of place in Hollywood. But her husband is an actor, and his quest for work rules their lives. It's not surprising, then, that June falls for the handsome TV producer who likes poetry. Will she leave her husband, or will she find a way to save her marriage? This is the question that fuels the plot, but it's unlikely that readers will care much about the answer. Steinhauer (Los Angeles bureau chief of the New York Times) and Hendra (How To Cook Your Daughter: A Memoir, 2005) present June—a professional woman and a mother—as the real, righteous antithesis of the "stay-at-home exercisers" and other L.A. caricatures who people the novel, but June is no more appealing and at least as self-absorbed. On the whole, this novel does not suffer from an overabundance of realism. Major events turn on the fact that the heroine has either forgotten her cell phone or turned it off—a plot device that is annoying once, and which becomes ridiculous with repeated use. As satire, the book doesn't tell us anything we don't already know about Los Angeles, though there may be a potential audience in readers who long to know how a TV pilot gets made. Unfortunately those readers will have to endure such prose as, "He leaned quietly against a wall with a large white sign that read HOT SET, which meant that the room, which had been made to look like a coroner's office, would be used soon and should not be disturbed."Not very good. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2009)
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313832
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DLC
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Steinhauer, Jennifer
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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Hendra, Jessica
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True
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  • Actors' spouses
  • Television producers and directors
  • Adultery
  • Actors' spouses
  • Adultery
  • Television producers and directors
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • California
Label
Beverly Hills adjacent, Jennifer Steinhauer, Jessica Hendra
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
735197
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780312551827
Lccn
2008044068
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312551827
  • (OCoLC)262885826
Label
Beverly Hills adjacent, Jennifer Steinhauer, Jessica Hendra
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
735197
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9780312551827
Lccn
2008044068
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312551827
  • (OCoLC)262885826

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