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Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

by Lauren Graham

Random House Publishing Group | March 25, 2014 | Trade Paperback |

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.
 

"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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532767

ISBN - 13: 9780345532763

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Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel

by Lauren Graham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345532767

ISBN - 13: 9780345532763

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Chapter 1 “Begin whenever you’re ready,” comes the voice from the back of the house. Oh, I’m ready. After all, I’ve prepared for this day for years: The Day of the Most Important Audition of a Lifetime Day. Now that it’s finally here, I’m going to make a good impression, I’m sure of it. I might even book the job. The thought makes me smile, and I take a deep breath, head high, body alert, but relaxed. I’m ready, alright. I’m ready to speak my first line. “Eeessssaaheeehaaa.” The sound that comes out of me is thin and high, a shrill wheezing whine, like a slowly draining balloon or a drowning cat with asthma. Shake it off. Don’t get rattled. Try again. I clear my throat. “Haaaaaawwrrrblerp.” Now my tone is low and gravelly, the coarse horn of a barge coming into shore, with a weird burping sound at the end. “Hawrblerp?” That can’t be my line. I don’t think it’s even a word. Oh, God, I hope they don’t think I actually burped. It was really more of a gargle, I tell myself—although I don’t know which is worse. I can just picture the scene, post-audition: That actress? We brought her in and she positively belched all over the dialogue. Is she any good? Well, I suppose you could use her, if the part calls for lots of gargling. Sounds of cruel laughter, phones slamming into receivers, 8 × 10 glossies being folded into paper airplanes and aim
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more.
 

"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 the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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. . . . Just like the screenwriters of the best romantic comedies, she has taken elements of the familiar and spun them into a novel that’s heartfelt, hilarious and, hopefully, just the first example of what she can do with the written word.” — 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 o
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Bookclub Guide

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1. Why do you think the author chose to tell parts of the story through pages of Franny''s Filofax planner? What elements does it add to the novel?

2. Is setting a deadline on your dream a good idea? Or is it unrealis­tic? Do you think it ultimately helped or hindered Franny''s career?

3. Although he only appears as a recorded voice on the answering machine, Clark plays an important role in the story. What does his and Franny''s back-up plan represent? What does his engagement force Franny to do?

4. For parts of the novel, Franny adapts to a situation by playing a character she is not. When is she being true to herself? When is she most happy?

5. Why didn''t Franny sign with Barney Sparks? What would you have done in her position?

6. Franny appreciates the bridge on the D train because it helps her put things in perspective. Do you have a D train bridge in your life? What is it?

7. Do you agree with Franny''s interpretation of love triangles on page 281?

8. Penelope and Franny have an interesting relationship through­out the novel. In what ways does it change? What does Penelope help Franny understand?

9. On page 307, the taxi driver remarks, "How''d it get this far and not go pop?" Why does this resonate with Franny? What could it represent in her life?

10. What does everyone else see in Franny that she doesn''t see for herself?

11. On page 335, Franny''s father tells her, "Imagine the best for yourself now and then, won''t you, hon?" Discuss the importance of having a positive attitude, and how this changes for Franny.

12. The characters throughout the novel have their own individual takes on authenticity. What does it mean to James? How is that different from what it means to Dan, Franny, or Penny? VVhich defini­tion do you agree with? Is it possible to be authentic in an industry that is in itself an artificial craft?

13. How has Franny changed by the end of the novel? What were her most transforming moments? Who most strongly influenced her?

14. Of all the themes in the novel--dreams, hope, friendship, believ­ing in yourself, etc.--which did you find the most compelling? What do you think is the takeaway lesson of the book?

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