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From Publishers Weekly

Life in Atlanta's suburbs becomes a hot topic for a mom-to-be who knows more about news than diapers in Wax's bittersweet potboiler. After investigative TV reporter Vivien Armstrong Gray gets shot in the butt while chasing a story, she becomes an overnight sensation, but that doesn't keep the newsroom from adding attractive new talent to her department. Seeing the writing on the wall, Vivien quits, but soon learns that finding a job isn't so easy for a newly pregnant 41-year old. She relocates to suburban Atlanta and lands a column writing about suburbia from an outsider perspective. She finds plenty of fodder in her family, but her questions about the death of her sister's husband may have serious consequences. Vivien's an easy protagonist to love; she's plucky, resourceful, and witty—the perfect outsider's guide to the SUV and bake sale zoo. (Mar.)
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Vivien Armstrong Gray spent years working her way up the ladder to become one of the top investigative reporters in the business, and it only takes a split second to have it fall apart: while working on an exposé, Vivien is shot in the rear end, and the video ends up on YouTube. In quick succession she is not only humiliated but also jobless and pregnant at 41, while the baby’s father is embedded as a reporter in Afghanistan. With few choices left, she returns home to Georgia to wait out her pregnancy and write scathing articles ridiculing suburbia under a pseudonym for a magazine in New York. While following her sister and her niece and nephew around, observing life, Vivien finds plenty of fodder for her articles. But as time passes, Vivien realizes she’s become deeply entrenched in people’s lives, so the articles become harder to write. An honest, realistic story of family, love, and priorities with genuine characters. --Hilary Hatton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515149845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515149845
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax is heralded for her contemporary women's fiction exploring friendship, loyalty, self-discovery and the seemingly insurmountable challenges life sometimes presents. Her latest novel, A WEEK AT THE LAKE, brings three friends together for a reunion that will change their lives.

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Wendy grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. Appropriately enough, Wendy attended Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil. Not surprisingly, some of her favorite Florida beaches were destined to become settings for her bestselling fiction, including her "Ten Beach Road" novels, TEN BEACH ROAD, OCEAN BEACH, THE HOUSE ON MERMAID POINT and her e-novella, CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH. Her book, WHILE WE WERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY, was set in her hometown, Atlanta, and brought her an array of attention from book and entertainment media upon news of its upcoming publication.

It's hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in a place like St. Pete Beach, with its laid-back environment, but somehow Wendy managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read before you showed up for school, at the age of five she forced a neighbor friend to teach her. She's been devouring the written word ever since. Books, one of Wendy's greatest treasures and best forms of escape, have had a major impact on her life and on her decision to create stories about women and triumph over adversity leavened with her trademark honesty and humor.

Wendy's writing has been highly praised. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says she "writes with breezy wit and keen insight into family relations." Her books have been featured in national publications such as USA Today, Ladies Home Journal and Woman's World, and at online book sites such as On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever, Luxury Reading, Book Reporter, Night Owl Reviews and Fresh Fiction. In 2011 she was honored by the City of St. Pete Beach when the City Commission declared May 12th "Wendy Wax Day."

Prior to writing, Wendy worked in radio, television and film, most notably as writer, producer and host of The Home Front, which aired on PBS stations across the country, and as the host of a Friday night radio show called Desperate & Dateless when she was both.

The mother of a toddler and a newborn when she first decided to write, Wendy admits it may not have been the best timing in terms of productivity. "I'm still not certain why I felt so compelled to write my first novel at that particular time," she says, "but that first book took forever." Since then, she's written eleven others and her e-book original novella.

When not writing, Wendy spends much of her time speaking to writers groups and book clubs, enjoying time with her family, visiting relatives in St. Pete and reading. She lives in Atlanta, where she and her husband are adjusting to their new life as empty nesters.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wendy Wax has magically turned Magnolia Wednesdays into one of those homey, cozy, and totally intriguing peeks into the Southern way of life. For a woman who thought she'd totally escaped that world, Vivien Armstrong Gray finds herself suddenly catapulted back there when she is shot in the derriere while investigating a story. When the video ends up on You-Tube, and her employers think she needs to take a step back and they bring in an "understudy" for her to train, she quits.

Huffily, she takes off for her home in Atlanta, where she moves in with her sister Melanie and prepares to follow her around in suburbia. But first, in the process of quitting, she has taken on a free-lance assignment to write Postcards from Suburbia for her NY newspaper.

On the way out of NY, though, she visits her doctor to follow up on the "wound," and discovers something else unexpected...she is pregnant. Her boyfriend is on assignment in various spots around the world, and she decides not to tell him...not for awhile, anyway.

What does Vivi discover while exploring this "strange land of suburbia"? What happens along the way to totally change her view of almost everything? And in the end, will she finally find her own happiness?

This could have been one of those predictable chick-lit stories, but Wendy Wax has a way of turning a phrase and pulling the reader in. She writes with humor, depth, and insight, which earned five stars from me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darlene @ Peeking Between the Pages on June 16, 2011
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Magnolia Wednesdays was a really great read for me! I had to laugh from the very beginning when Vivi, an investigative reporter, gets shot in the butt while covering a story. She ends up on You Tube in a very embarrassing video that she is quite certain has been seen by everyone in the world. After this Vivi's life seems to unravel right before her eyes. Not only is she without a job because she finds out she's being replaced by someone younger and quits but she ultimately finds out the reason for her crazy outbursts seem to be because she is pregnant at forty-something.

Vivi decides to relocate to suburban Atlanta and stay with her sister Melanie and her kids Shelby and Trip. Melanie's husband passed away not long ago and while Vivi had gone out to be with her for a while, she wanted nothing more than to leave and get back to her life and job. Vivi's really never been one for spending quality time with her family. Her idea of a visit is in and out. It so happens that while Vivi is desperately trying to land herself a job she comes up with the idea of going to live with her sister and writing a column about the suburbanites in Atlanta from an outsider looking in.

Vivi finds she has more than enough material to write several columns. She follows her sister, niece and nephew around and finds that the people around them and their lifestyle in general provides her with all kinds of angles to write about. As her column becomes known in Atlanta people are running her down like crazy saying she has no right to write such downright mean things about them. However nobody knows it's her writing this column as she is writing under a false name, Scarlett Leigh.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Speelman VINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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Cute, typical but a good fluff read. Vivi is an independent woman who lives an edgy lifestyle as a journalist. She fancies herself a wonderful writer and a single independent woman. However the bottom drops out of her life when she is replaced by someone younger, shot in the buttocks and surprise surprise she is pregnant.

So she heads home, as we all do when the going gets rough. She doesn't tell anyone in her family she is pregnant or she is writing this article anon. about surburbia and the crazy people in it.

Then she thinks there is something fishy about her brother-in-law's "accidental" death and investigates secretly. However, we must all remember our secrets catch up with us and they might hurt more than help.

Also, Vivi's boyfriend Stone is a reporter as well and is overseas at the time so Vivi doesn't tell him she is pregnant with their baby, so how will it all end?

I am sure you can guess, which takes some of the fun out of it. A few surprises mixed in, but generally a story you can breeze through and doesn't really take your breath away...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ReallyGeekyGirl on April 7, 2011
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This book was an even read about an investigative reporter whose life changes quickly when she finds she is pregnant after being shot while trying to capture a story. I loved the characters, the life lessons and the way Wax can describe suburban living like she was describing a foreign country. She also takes her time so this is not a great book for the impatient. While this is not my favorite of Wax's books, I'm looking forward to more from her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loves to Read on March 1, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Viv, being replaced by a younger version of herself runs back home to live with her sister to regroup. Her sister is a widow and single mother of two teenagers. Viv"s sister owns a dance studio and it is through this dance studio that we meet the various other characters in the book.

Viv begs to accept a position writing undercover for a column in a paper. I loved her descriptions of the helicopter parents--the life in suburbia, her increased appetite with her pregnancy, and the driving lessons with her nephew. She goes on to describe the over-the top preparation for the junior prom These descriptions are perfect.

This is a real page turner with very well developed characters from Ruth, the older insightful woman to the younger niece and nephew. Viv manages to connect with all of the characters on different levels. Viv"s character grows as the story progresses and she begins to understand the people she makes fun of. As a helicopter parent myself (sorry, I'm not gonna lie) I truly laughed at the various descriptions.

I suggest you read this book, it made me laugh out loud and cry.
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