Which book am I kissing this week?
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham, coming out on April 30. Fortunately, I’m friends with Lauren’s editor, Jen Smith, so I get to read it early. Thanks to Jen for scoring me an ARC!
Wait. Is this the same Lauren Graham we love from Gilmore Girls and Parenthood? Oh yes. Are we surprised that, in addition to being an exceptional actress, LG is a talented writer? Not at all.
Here’s the Someday, Someday, Maybe synopsis.
It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing “important” work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club. Her roommates―her best friend Jane, and Dan, an aspiring sci-fi writer―are supportive, yet Franny knows a two-person fan club doesn’t exactly count as success. Everyone tells her she needs a backup plan, and though she can almost picture moving back home and settling down with her perfectly nice ex-boyfriend, she’s not ready to give up on her goal of having a career like her idols Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep. Not just yet. But while she dreams of filling their shoes, in the meantime, she’d happily settle for a speaking part in almost anything—and finding a hair product combination that works.
Everything is riding on the upcoming showcase for her acting class, where she’ll finally have a chance to perform for people who could actually hire her. And she can’t let herself be distracted by James Franklin, a notorious flirt and the most successful actor in her class, even though he’s suddenly started paying attention. Meanwhile, her bank account is rapidly dwindling, her father wants her to come home, and her agent doesn’t return her calls. But for some reason, she keeps believing that she just might get what she came for.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.
That line about wanting something deeply, madly, desperately is the quality of this story I relate to the most. I love novels about dreaming big and refusing to settle for anything less than your heart desires.
And reading a novel while hearing Lorelai Gilmore’s voice the whole time? Even better.