The Actress – Out 7/1/14

On July 1, 2014, my new novel, The Actress, will be published. I could not be more excited. The idea came for me about two and a half years ago and I have been hard at work on it ever since. It is not set in Brooklyn – but in Berlin, Utah, Venice, Hancock Park, and OK, a tiny bit in Brooklyn. My first reading will be at Bookcourt on July 1. Some amazing authors who I admire have been kind enough to give praise to the novel:

“Amy Sohn’s unputdownable The Actress is like Henry James crossbred with the very best of US Weekly. An addictive saga of love, lust, fame, and friendship centered on a fascinating question: Are we who we pretend to be?”
– Elisa Albert, author of The Book of Dahlia and How This Night is Different

“Amy Sohn turns her razor-sharp eye on stardom in this sexy and engaging novel. The Actress delves deep into the nature of love and marriage, and offers a behind-the-scenes studio tour of Hollywood to boot.”
– Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers

“Amy Sohn peels back the tabloid curtain and portrays, in granular detail, the emotional and vocational machinations of a made-in-Hollywood marriage. The Actress is a riveting and frothy novel.”
– Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

The Actress is an intelligent and humane novel that manages to civilize Hollywood while honoring its often overlooked complexities and still leaving its wicked vitality intact.”
– Elizabeth Kelly, author of Apologize, Apologize! and The Last Summer of the Camperdowns

“In the story of Maddy Freed, indie actress gone Hollywood A-list, Amy Sohn delivers at once a serious Bildungsroman and a surreptitious pleasure. The Actress is juicy and addictive, a Jamesian Page Six of a novel.”
– Elizabeth Gaffney, author of When the World Was Young

“Utterly engrossing from first page to last, The Actress is the best kind of page-turner. Beautifully written, acutely observed, and just plain delicious. I couldn’t put it down.”
– Dani Shapiro

Pre-order the book from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Indiebound, or your local bookseller.

Here is the book description:

A big, lively breakout novel from bestselling author Amy Sohn, in which a talented young actress falls in love with Hollywood’s biggest star—ignoring the rumors that he’s gay—only to realize that she may just have been cast in the role of a lifetime.

All Maddy Freed has ever wanted is to act. When the indie film she made with her director boyfriend, Dan, wins her a special prize at the Mile’s End Film Festival, she’s thrilled, though she has no idea how dramatically it will come to change her life. But Maddy’s success catches the attention of Bridget Ostrow, a legendary talent manager whose biggest client is Hollywood heartthrob Steven Weller. Before Maddy knows it, her career is roaring onto the express track.

Bridget secures Maddy an audition for an Oscar-worthy role opposite Steven, and soon the two actors are thrown together in the midst of Europe’s Old World charm. Rumors about Steven’s sexual orientation have circulated for years, but it doesn’t take long for the professional relationship to grow personal, or for Maddy to turn her back on her old friends and trade New York for L.A. The new couple’s whirlwind wedding does nothing to stop the rumors, however, and cracks start appearing in their fairytale romance. As Maddy stands by the man she believes is the love of her life, she begins to question just how much she knows about her leading role…as Steven’s wife.

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