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Her Latest Supporting Role [Paperback]

Cynthia Ashworth
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November 10, 2010
"Sex and the City meets a post-millennial Mad Men. Irresistible fun."


— Robert Rodi, author of Bitch Goddess, Dogged Pursuit and When You Were Me


"A rollicking ride through the trials of life and love in NYC set against the madcap world of Madison Avenue. Fresh and fun, Ashworth's debut makes her one to watch."


— Josh Kilmer-Purcell, New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Myself These Days and The Bucolic Plague, and star of TV's The Fabulous Beekman Boys


Jill Barber is a failed former actress who spends her days working for a large Madison Avenue agency trying desperately to hang onto its largest client, and her nights finishing her MFA. Tellco Toys' account is about to walk out the door and Constable, the agency's mercurial President, is making everyone's life miserable: Jill's bosses, the Über-Producers Nick and Sandi; Petra and Robin (a hip and friendly creative team with a knack for giving Jill bad advice); and client service guy Graham, who has taken more than a professional interest in Jill. And against her better judgment, she soon finds herself in an ambiguous romantic relationship with her night school instructor, a formerly-hot young novelist named Jonathan Wunder, while trying to deflect the attentions of her straight-laced and smitten co-worker without hurting her budding career.


HER LATEST SUPPORTING ROLE is a romantic comedy set in the funny and frantic world of New York advertising. The ad business is filled with little dramas and big personalities, and this story has both in abundance. Jill’s romantic missteps—as she maneuvers between her enigmatic instructor and her charming but hapless colleague—and the agency’s increasingly desperate attempts to save the big account (and everyone’s jobs) are parallel stories that drive toward a surprising climax.



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About the Author

Cynthia Ashworth is a television executive and advertising industry veteran who has helped push everything from donuts to credit cards to reality shows. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Virginia's Darden School, she lives in New York City. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453804692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453804698
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,928,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Dude Lit Too January 28, 2012
By D.C.
Some novels stick with you, and become a part of the way you see your world. One such for me is Elaine Dundy's Dud Avocado. The NY Review of Books has this to say (and I heartily concur):

"Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundy's Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living."

Another of my favorite romans à clef is Cynthia Ashworth's Her Latest Supporting Role. The author seems to want to market it as "chick lit." This, as a rule, is not among my favorite genres, being that I am a SWM. However, Ashworth's insights transform the work, page-by-page, to a higher realm than a mere slef-mocking mix of aspiration and confession; though it is no less a light and lively entertainment to make you laugh, and cry and wince, with abandon--even if you are a dude.

You might even learn something. Woven together here are two variant dimensions of a young ingenue's daily combat for survival in contemporary downtown New York. On the one hand she is an earnest graduate student at NYU, eager to get a handle on the "truth" of art. On the other, she works on the bottom at a top (i.e., brutal) New York ad agency, as might a spy in banana republic. Penultimately, it is the latter that seduces her, although I offer no spoilers here. This is a bonafide, dyed in the wool, page turner. We worry for our young heroine, as she seems to not know how truly dangerous and corrupt these people are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read and fun romp March 8, 2011
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Anyone who's worked in advertising will recognize these characters and Cynthia Ashworth brings plot twists and depth to these characters that we see in every day life. The book is definitely fun and brings the reader through the aching pains of a girl looking for something better in the most humorous of ways. Set in a time when advertising agencies were struggling between Mad Men and economic reality, Jill Barber navigates herself through the endless cocktail parties, prep-school rivals and agency all-nighters trying to find out who is really on her side. If anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ton of fun December 16, 2010
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I loved this book. It is a page turner and I gobbled it up quickly over a couple of days. I especially enjoyed how it explored very real and timeless feelings like working hard, success and struggle and the pursuit of love and happiness and presented them in the world of today. Some of the story is told through email correspondence which is really fun and interesting. I am looking forward to any other books from this writer. I think it goes beyond chicklit. It's a big story with characters that are easy to care about; great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her Latest Supporting Role September 16, 2010
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"Her Latest Supporting Role" is chick-lit at its best - fast moving and fun, with all of the wry humor and disfunction you would expect from ad agency life - where the heroine finds herself starting her career. As we all know from watching "Mad Men", if you can't make it in acting, try the advertising industry for drama! And if you have ever worked in advertising, trust me, you will recognize some of the characters. Thoroughly entertaining!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, slick and sophisticated! January 18, 2011
Her Latest Supporting Role grabbed me from page one and held my interest to the very end! As a New Yorker, I grab chick-lit set in Manhattan, and as a veteran of several years in the world of advertising, I can tell you that there is lots of reality in this fiction.

If you like plot that moves crisply along, characters that sizzle and a fascinating setting, you will adore Synthia Ashworth's well-paced and wildly entertaining contemporary romance. I loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Your Latest Must Read Novel! March 23, 2011
Hats off to Cynthia Ashworth on her impressive debut! As someone who's worked in the world of advertising, I can say she's absolutely nailed the characters, the personalities, the ironies and absurdities of agency life. Whether you know that life or not, you can't help but enjoy the Gothamesque ride this novel takes you on. A page turner in every sense and an often hilarious read. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A boy who likes boys loves this girl June 28, 2011
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Call me crazy, but I have been craving a book with a hero/heroine I actually like... Cynthia Ashworth delivers in spades. Jill is utterly relatable (ok, so I am a gay guy), utterly likeable, utterly adorable. I had the same reaction to Jill as I had to Bridget Jones - she could potentially be my very own 'hag'. The setting and milieu, a big ad agency on madison avenue and its denizens, provide an entirely appropriate backdrop for this rollicking, funny and insightful read. I was a tad confused as to its exact time period (late 80s? mid 90s?). The fact that Jill listens to a Walkman puts it squarely pre-iPod - and since I listen to classic dance on NYC's KTU, that totally worked for me. It's a great summer read - make sure you have plenty of rum and New Coke on hand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down February 7, 2011
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I really enjoyed the character development and was eager to keep reading to find out what would happen to all the characters. Although I am not in the New York worce force now, it brought back memories of being young and newly employed. I could really relate to the story and Jill's personal and work issues. The book was an easy read that kept my interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Amazing first book. As a former ad person this really hit home for me. I would definitely recommend it to people in and out of the industry.
Published 18 months ago by David Fausel
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for plane reading, park reading, bus reading, even subway...
I love New York stories and being a New Yorker I get to see all vivid images of Jill and the people who shape her life and future in a way that only happens in La Gran Manzana! Read more
Published on June 5, 2013 by luisocar
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Discriminating Reader
Her Latest Supporting Role was, frankly, a disappointment. I bought it because Amazon was promoting self-published work, and because the customer reviews were good. Read more
Published on January 4, 2013 by Abbie Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars High Drama on Madison Avenue
Cynthia's years of experience in the ad world has given us a front row seat to the real life drama that takes place in an ad agency. Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by Faith James
1.0 out of 5 stars Disconnected and Disinterested
This book was in the chick lit section but I think it was mislabeled. The story is about a graduate student, Jill Barber, working full time at an Ad agency while retaking a class... Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read!!
As a former ad-woman, I found myself back in my cubicle reliving deadlines, office romances and general mayhem! It's a fast, fun, great read with some very surprising twists! Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by karen s spector
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the sequel
I work in the world of New York advertising and think author, Cynthia Ashworth gives readers a fun glimpse in to the highs and lows of a young girl's adventures on Madison Avenue. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by AZ
4.0 out of 5 stars snappy chick lit fun you'll love
this book puts you into an ad agency and the life of a single woman making her way in NYC fast and keeps moving. i had a great time reading it. Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Shannon Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Fun Relatable Read
This was a delightful read from beginning to end. "Her Latest Supporting Role" is a romantic comedy set in a NYC summer with a familiar plot and characters that are instantly... Read more
Published on March 21, 2011 by Linda Abrams
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The first sentence drew me in and 2 chapters later I was hoping Czerny would get what was coming to him. I enjoyed this book cover to cover! I loved Jill & Monica's relationship. Read more
Published on March 8, 2011 by KHalliday
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