SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE
Dashed hopes and dreams with a splash of tenacity make for an incredibly appealing main character in a delightful debut novel by actress Graham (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood). With a sweet and funny writing style, this big-hearted novel about a struggling actress trying to make it in New York City in the mid-’90s is all the more special because it is based on Graham’s own experiences. Someday, Someday, Maybe is sure to be a delight for her fans, those who have been in her character’s shoes and those who just love a well-told story.
Franny Banks has only six months left. It’s 1995, and she gave herself a three-year deadline to make it as an actress in New York, but that deadline is fast approaching, and all she has to show for it is a gig waiting tables, a part in an ad for really ugly Christmas sweater and a two-person fan club consisting of her best friends and roommates, Jane and Dan. The upcoming showcase for her acting class is the only thing that could save her, but now the class flirt, James Franklin, has his eye on her and is attempting to distract her. Despite the fact that she can’t pay her rent, her father wants her to come home and her agent won’t return her calls, Franny won’t give up, because she believes that she still may just get what she came to New York for. Will she? Or will she be forced to leave and hang her head in shame at a failed career? (Ballantine, May, 350 pp., $26.00)