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Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 14, 2011
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Brooke and Julian Alter are a happy couple--she's a nutritionist working two jobs to support them, he's a talented musician with a low-level recording contract--but when Julian hits it big in The Devil Wears Prada author Weisberger's not-ready-for-prime-time latest, their marriage wobbles under the strain of fame. Suddenly Julian is traveling nonstop, a pawn of his manager and publicist, and Brooke tries to balance her career with her desire to back him up. Paparazzi stalk their every move (believable in his case, less so in hers); her job is threatened by her repeated absences to attend events like Julian's Grammy appearance; and their shared giddiness dissipates as they are divided--physically and emotionally--as a couple. It takes many dozens of pages and a number of by-the-way announcements that might have ratcheted up the tension if they'd been part of the story to get Brooke and Julian into a crisis, unsurprising though that crisis may be. Weisberger has insightful takes about the price of success in our celebrity-obsessed culture, but Brooke and Julian hew too closely to type to make their struggles sympathetic.
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In her fourth novel, the incisive, trend-focused author of The Devil Wears Prada (2003) explores the effect of fame on a young married couple. When Brooke first comes across singer Julian in a dive in Manhattan, she’s entranced by his voice. She starts to attend his weekly shows until a mediocre blind date leads to an unexpected meeting. It isn’t long before the two fall in love and marry. Brooke, a nutritionist with aspirations of starting her own company, works two jobs to support Julian’s musical ambitions, which pays off when he lands a recording contract. The record label sets up a showcase just before the album’s release, and Julian’s performance attracts the attention of a scout for Jay Leno, who invites Julian to play on his show. That performance turns Julian into an overnight sensation, but both he and Brooke find themselves wholly unprepared for superstardom, which includes stalking paparazzi, tabloid smear articles, and flirtatious fame seekers. An absorbing, thoroughly entertaining read about the ins and outs and ups and downs of life as a celebrity. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book reaches the same demographic as her other novels.
It's good to pass time, but it doesn't add that much.
Plus****Spoiler alert***, the end sucks and leave a lot of question unanswered.
As others have said, it isn't evident (or at least I can't agree with) why Brooke feels like she can't temporarily put her career on hold now that everything that she and Julian had worked so hard for has come to fruition. I found myself growing increasingly aggravated as she insisted that she couldn't travel with him. But, mostly, no woman that I know who prioritizes her career and independence as much as Brooke would ever stay with a man who cheated on them (especially when there are no kids involved). All it took was a sappy speech at a wedding to forgive him??? Please! I found myself completely unable to relate to Brooke, unsympathetic to her situation, and most of all, unable to find consistency in her attitude as an independent career woman.
a bit disappointing, as generally with these stories the characters learn something and the reader learns something. but I didn't feel like that happened
Julian Alter is a singer/songwriter with a passion for his art, his wife Brooke has always supported and loved him, even working two jobs while he gets a gig here and there. Julian is finally "discovered" at one such gig and so begins the roller-coaster ride. One minute he's in a smokey club, singing his heart out to his wife, and the next minute he's picked up by Sony and given a lucrative record deal. The problem is that neither Julian nor his wife are equipped to deal with sudden fame. So, of course both of them struggle with it, each very much on their own and in very different ways. As the reader, I felt like I was watching a movie--I was removed from these characters' lives, but I still liked them and hoped for the best. I prefer more serious fiction and I love books by Chris Bohjalian and Jodi Picoult, but if you're in the mood for a take-on-vacation/fluff read, this one will more than fit the bill.