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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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