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When Franny Stands Up: A Novel
by Eden Robins
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"Franny Steinberg knows there's powerful magic in laughter. She's witnessed it. With the men of Chicago off fighting WWII on distant shores, Franny has watched the women of the city taking charge of the war effort. But amidst the war bond sales and factory shifts, something surprising has emerged, something Franny could never have expected. A new marvel that has women flocking to comedy clubs across the nation: the Showstopper. When Franny steps into Chicago's Blue Moon comedy club, she realizes the power of a Showstopper-that specific magic sparked when an audience laughs so hard, they are momentarily transformed. And while each comedian's Showstopper is different, they all have one thing in common: they only work on women. After a traumatic flashback propels her onstage in a torn bridesmaid dress, Franny discovers her own Showstopper is something new. And suddenly she has the power to change everything...for herself, for her audience, and for the people who may need it most"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6000Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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The novel focuses on gender, race, and sexuality – all from Franny’s point of view. These issues were in a state of flux during the 1950s. And things haven’t really changed that much today. So, in addition to being historical fiction, it’s a statement about how our culture addresses the LGBTQ+ community as well as antisemitism and racism towards Blacks.
Throughout the novel, Franny uses comedy to contend with the traumatic sexual assault she had experienced earlier. She learns a secret about a comedian’s trick of a “showstopper,” which earns the novel the label of magical realism. It’s not a lighthearted comedy, although there is much humor. Another serious topic was the treatment of Franny’s older brother’s PTSD from his World War II experience.
One of the best parts of the novel was the development of her relationships with the other women comedians. Another element that I liked was the way the plot comes together as the women plan a sting-like operation. Success hinges on everything going smoothly, and I was on the edge of my seat as the plan is executed.
In summary, this was a well-written novel that uses the topic of comedy to deal with serious issues. Many of the characters were memorable, and I’m looking forward to reading author Eden Robins' next book. ( )