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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312551827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312551827
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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)
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From Booklist

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. --Kristine Huntley

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I read it overnight and look forward to their next book.
Lynnie
Beverly Hills Adjacent has several different but connected story lines, which make for a fast paced and engaging novel.
E. Griffin
I read it in a matter of days , i really did not put it down!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Perkins on July 30, 2009
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I read this book in part because of the excellent reviews I read. I expected to love it. After a couple of chapters, I was hoping to like it. I found the story of June, Mitch and Rich mildly interesting, but so much of the book was mundane, boring conversation that it was hard to stay with it. I found myself skimming through pages of nothing conversations to finish the book. As was pointed out in other reviews, it does give some insight into the day to day frustrating life connected with television and movies and there were parts that were a little funny. Overall, I would have to say that I can't recommend it.
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By GiGi on June 30, 2010
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What a cute book. I truly enjoyed the multiple points of view and I loved getting a behind the scenes look at the "dirty" side of auditioning for "pilot season". The characters were relatively relate-able and by the end I felt really connected to them (well at least the two main characters, June and Mitch). I'd recommend this book to anyone who had an obsessed with Hollywood and the all that goes with it.

The only problem I had with this book was something June DIDN'T do... I don't want to say anything more than that because it would give away half of the book, but to all those who've already read this book I am sure you know what I am talking about.
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The author's clearly know their subject and it was a very authentic book. I read it overnight and look forward to their next book. This was a very enjoyable read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Working Mom on July 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved, loved, loved this book. Captures not only LA at its best (worst?) but the scenes of the secret world of upper middle class preschool are alone worth the cost of the book. However, it's not all fun and games. June is a very real character and struggles with modern feminist ideals as a mother, wife, and professional. If you are any of the three and have ever had a bad day in any of those roles, you will identify with her. Perfect for the beach, plane trip, or as a book club book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Griffin VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
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Beverly Hills Adjacent is a smart, funny, well-written, and sophisticated novel. It is the story of June Dietz, a college professor trying to earn tenure, and her husband Mitch Gold, a successful but insecure character actor. June and Mitch live in Los Angeles with their young daughter Nora and the family cat. Set during pilot season for new TV shows, Beverly Hills Adjacent explores the tension in a two-career family when Mitch needs June's help to practice for auditions while June is also teaching and attempting to meet the publishing requirements to earn tenure.

In the small world of show business and Los Angeles, June and Mitch also grapple with competitive parents at Nora's school, cut throat jostling for acting jobs, and a neighbor who is trying to win over their cat. Rich Friend, a screenwriter, enters the mix, and his understanding of June's work and attention to a professor in a town obsessed with stardom creates temptation for June. At the same time, Rich and his wife are writing a screenplay that may offer Mitch the opportunity for a well-paid, steady role, creating a professional and personal triangle between June, Rich, and Mitch.

Beverly Hills Adjacent has several different but connected story lines, which make for a fast paced and engaging novel. I especially enjoyed the conversations that June has with her three friends in New York, which offered an additional perspective to June's thoughts and motivations. The different topics in the story line--careers, Hollywood, acting, marriage, and family will appeal to many different readers, and because it is so well done, I think everyone will enjoy reading Beverly Hills Adjacent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Colleary on June 3, 2009
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"Beverly Hills Adjacent" lays bare the the not-so-much-seedy-underbelly of Hollywood, as the very relatable doubt, self loathing and desperation of the people trying to maintain careers and relationships there. This book demystifies for us the supposed glamourous lifestyles of the Hollywood movers, shakers and underlings. This is the first book I've read about Hollywood that delivers its caste system with pinpoint precision and barbed wit. Even if you don't live in Los Angeles you will recognize the authenticity of each character and will get what amounts to a behind-the-scenes look at what really happens on set and at the fabulous premieres and parties. It's not what you'd expect. Jessica Hendra and Jennifer Steinhauer have done an excellent job of working together yet creating a singular narrative voice. "Beverly Hills Adjacent" is a laugh-out-page-turner. Enjoy!
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