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The Next Best Thing: A Novel by [Weiner, Jennifer]
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"Weiner is coming off a year in Hollywood, and she puts the experience to excellent use in this utterly engaging story of a showrunner who, after six years of slogging, finally gets a series on the air, only to discover that her troubles are only beginning—meddling studio execs, egomaniacal actors and one crushable but unobtainable boss." (Time)

"Spares no bon mot in exposing Hollywood’s sexism, ageism and incurable penchant for extravagant silliness." (Kirkus)

"Full of warm and interesting characters as well as a wealth of insider industry detail (Weiner was a cocreator of an ABC Family sitcom), this is a must-read for Weiner’s many fans and anyone who enjoys smart, funny fiction." (Library Journal)

"An entertaining story about the dream-crushing compromises on the road from page to screen." (People)

“A knockout. Perfect comic timing meets effortless dialogue and an engaging plot…. Enjoy your place on top of the lit world, Jennifer Weiner. You've more than made it.” (The Miami Herald)

"Jennifer Weiner is funny and dead-on when it comes to building a satisfying summer read.” (New York Daily News)

“Ruth is a multidimensional heroine, and Weiner gives her real heart and soul. Readers will root for her to get everything she ever wanted—not to settle for the next best thing. This is contemporary women’s fiction at its finest.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Weiner’s snappy new novel showcases her humor and style." (Washington Post)

“A fascinating glimpse into the television industry…Weiner’s strong sense of comedy comes through in her characters’ witty banter and Ruth’s writing. You will cheer her on in her quest to find success and love.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

“Weiner is a chick-lit writer with chops—and she puts them to expert use in this funny, feel-good tale.” (Better Homes & Gardens)

“A juicy fictional account of life behind the scenes for a female TV showrunner.” (New York Post)

“Jennifer Weiner proves once again that her bestseller status is no accident by delivering another intriguing page-turner. She gives us sassy, sardonic Ruth to root for as well as plenty of zingers aimed at Hollywood's tweaked values. Readers are likely to enjoy a fascinating peek into the politics of television culture, coupled with a lively plot and a satisfying love story.” (


"A writer of innate brilliance."

--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"Jennifer Weiner's bestselling novels twist humor and topical issues into can't-put-down stories."

--"The""Houston Chronicle"

"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful, Weiner shows she can write with exquisite tenderness as well as humor."

--"The Miami Herald"

"Weiner balances romantic formula with fresh humor and literary sensibility."

--Elaine Showalter, "The Guardian"

"One of her generation's best literary voices."

--"The Boston Herald"

"Weiner has a brilliant eye for social stratum, character sketches, and renderings of suburban atmospherics."

--"The Washington Post"

Product Details

  • File Size: 6232 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 3, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061NT77C
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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