WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD
A fun premise, lots of conflict -- both serious and comic -- and a cast of well-written characters add up to a very fun read. Becca's wry observations add dimension to the story.
The Mercer Project, the theater where dramaturge Rebecca Morris works, unexpectedly loses the rights to the play they're about to produce. Then Becca finds out that her boyfriend has skipped town with more than three million dollars belonging to the Mercer -- and the contents of her bank account.
Things look up a bit when playwright Ryan Thompson turns up with a fabulous alternative script. Being broke and homeless -- Becca's apartment is a crime scene -- are less easily fixed. Until stage manager Kira gives Becca some clothes -- and a lamp containing Teel, a genie with an agenda. Teel's a mixed blessing who pressures Becca to make her four wishes, and her attraction to Ryan couldn't come at a worse time! (MIRA, Apr., 352 pp., $13.95)