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The next best thing : a novel
Jennifer Weiner
Adult Fiction WEINER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Weiner's novel follows the journey of Ruth Saunders, who sets off for Hollywood to become a television writer-with her 70-year-old grandmother along for the ride. Although ambitious and talented, Ruth is still disfigured from a car accident that killed her parents. In California, Ruth finds work for the networks, but her new life is far from perfect, especially when her grandmother announces her plans to get married and Ruth's pet project is edited beyond recognition. Narrator Olivia Thirlby's reading captures the heart and soul of Weiner's novel. The narrator's portrayal of the young, naive Ruth is convincing and nuanced. In turns, Thirlby embodies Ruth's varied emotions, sounding excited, exasperated, embarrassed, sensuous, petulant, funny, and sad. A Washington Square paperback. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Ruth Saunders and her grandmother Rae have moved from suburban Boston to Los Angeles in pursuit of Ruth's dream of writing for television. Rae has raised her granddaughter since the death of Ruth's parents in a car accident that also left Ruth severely scarred. Now Ruth, after six years of low-level work, has finally gotten the green light to develop her own show, The Next Best Thing. Ruth struggles to work through the compromises and disappointments of running her first show. She also must decide what to do with her feelings for her mentor Dave. The relationship that develops between Ruth and Dave is realistic and potently romantic, and Weiner (Then Came You) also eloquently portrays the unique bond between Ruth and her grandmother. Verdict Full of warm and interesting characters as well as a wealth of insider industry detail (Weiner was a cocreator of an ABC Family sitcom), this is a must-read for Weiner's many fans and anyone who enjoys smart, funny fiction. This would also make an excellent book club book. [See Prepub Alert, 1/21/12.]-Kristen Stewart, Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Ruth Saunders
Age: 23
Left her home in Massachusetts with her 70 year grandmother with a dream of becoming a screenwriter; finally got the call six years later for a sitcom she wrote.

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