New York City is a hard place to live in for a young woman, especially for an aspiring actress with no agent and only few commercials in her acting portfolio. Franny Banks’ dreams are big, but money in her pockets is scarce and, although accepted into the acting classes of a prestigious coach, she wastes her innate comedian talent on commercials for detergents and ugly blouses, surviving on waitressing jobs, totally forgettable tv gigs, and a huge dose of self-deprecating humor. Her self-imposed deadline of three years to land a career as an actress, or pack her pride and head back home, is only six months away, six months to understand if she’s the kind of person who can succeed “in a business that’s completely indifferent to her efforts […], full of people who constantly talk about how real they are, but seem to her to be a bunch of phonies.” Just when it seems that she is ready to abandon the stage of her New York adventure, as jaded and depressed as a J.D. Salinger character, startling epiphanies will open Franny’s eyes on an ever-valid life lesson and fundamental truth of the show business: in a world that feeds on illusions and functions on rules that glorify pretense and appearance, real talent doesn’t need to compromise.
She is the unforgettable lead character of acclaimed tv series (Gilmore Girls and Parenthood) and first class actress of big screen comedy features (Bad Santa, Because I Said So, Evan Almighty): it doesn’t come as a surprise that at her debut as a writer, Lauren Graham proves to be a great caliber author, capable of conveying in her first novel the trademark verve and witty humor that delivered her breakthrough role as Lorelai Gilmore to such a huge fame.
It takes just a look at her biography to understand that Someday, Someday, Maybe is a fictional work ‘loosely’ based on her experience as a young actress struggling to find her way in the acting scene of a mid ’90s New York. Lauren’s voice is so fluent and consistent, her use of first person POV and interior monologues so intimate and pleasant, the protagonist’s reveries so zany (in a way that can better be described as the “Lorelei” signature way) that all I could do after turning the last page of this engrossing debut was to hope that in a not too distant future the effervescent actress/producer will adapt her first novel to the big screen or even pen a sequel.
The Verdict: Everything in this sparkling cocktail of enthralling story concept and convincing characters gels with quirky humor and devastating sense of comedy. The combination of lighthearted tones and bittersweet reveries is seamless and glows with a delicate sheen of romance. I applaud the author for her ability to recreate a perfectly believable ‘mid ’90s New York City feel’ with her vivid and evocative references to pop icons and memorable fashions of that particular era.
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Author: Lauren Graham