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Beverly Hills Adjacent by Jennifer…

Beverly Hills Adjacent

by Jennifer Steinhauer, Jessica Hendra

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I enjoyed this story because I lived in LA and worked in the TV biz for a long time, really enjoyed all the details about that life that made the book so funny, authentic and relatable. It's not just me! The business is ridiculous, and these authors capture it perfectly. ( )
  AnnAnderson | Jun 25, 2016 |
Evil backstabbers, evil preschool moms, evil everyone - this is a great novel of evil Hollywood. Character actor Mitch struggles to keep afloat (one more failed show and his management may drop him), while his college professor wife June drifts into an affair with producer Rich. These people are nasty, superficial, and hilarious to read about. ( )
  ennie | Oct 17, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312551827, Hardcover)

During pilot season, June Dietz’s husband Mitch Gold becomes another man—a man who doesn’t notice her delicious Farmers Market homemade dinners, who mumbles responses around the tooth-whitening trays in his mouth, who is consumed with envy for his fellow television actors, who pants for a return phone call from his agent.  And who wants to be married to an abject, paranoid, oblivious mess?  Possibly not June, whose job as a poetry professor at UCLA makes her in but not of Los Angeles, with its illogical pecking order and relentless tribal customs.  Even their daughter Nora’s allegedly innocent world isn’t immune from one upsmanship: while Mitch is bested for acting jobs by the casually confident (and so very L.A.) Willie Dermot, June is tormented by Willie’s insufferably uptight wife Larissa and the other stay-at-home exercisers in the preschool.

Could Rich Friend be the answer? Smart, age-appropriate, bookish—and a wildly successful television producer—Rich focuses on June the way nobody has since she moved to Los Angeles, and there’s nothing for June to do but wallow in what she’s been missing.  But what’s the next step? How does a regular person decide between husband and lover, family and fantasy?

Set in a Los Angeles you haven’t read about before, Beverly Hills Adjacent is that rare thing: a laugh-out-loud novel with heart.

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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.

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