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Waiting on Wednesday: The Starlet by Mary McNamara

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Product Description

It’s a not-so-well-respected rule in Hollywood that what happens on location stays on location. But when a hot young leading man winds up dead in his Rome hotel room, his costar’s life is about to go off the rails in a very public way—even by celeb standards. At the tender age of twenty-three, Mercy Talbot has won an Oscar, battled addiction, wrecked more than her share of cars, and burned down her house. Her look-alike mother keeps her on a tight leash (and fueled with an endless supply of OxyContin and cocaine) and her producers demand a grueling schedule. By the time she stumbles across Juliette Greyson, a Hollywood insider on a much-needed vacation, Mercy is surrounded by photographers and about to emerge drunk, high, and naked from a public fountain. Whisking her away to an idyllic Tuscan ‘retreat,’ Juliette is about to discover another rule of Hollywood: wherever the starlet may go, the drama will follow.

About the Author

Mary McNamara has worked for the Los Angeles Times for seventeen years, writing extensively about the inner workings of Hollywood. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. The Starlet is her second novel.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Original edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439149844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439149843
As you can tell from my last few picks, I am in full chick lit mode.  This is my favorite time of the year, when all of the best chick lit is released!


A free weekend getaway in Los Angeles, the home of real Hollywood
starlets? A holiday in Spannocchia, Italy, the basis for Cerreta, Mercy
Talbot’s Tuscan respite in The Starlet? For free? Yes, it’s true! Regal
Literary is sponsoring these two fabulous The Starlet themed vacations.

Signed books:
• Additionally, Regal Literary will be giving
away 100 signed copies of The Starlet to
contest entrants! You can’t miss—and you
might hit L.A. or Italy!

Enter at these sites:


  1. I'm not one for chick lit, but this looks interesting- I might just pick it up for the gorgeous cover! I never thought about genres being released at specific times, but I guess with summer coming up lots of people want chick lit for beach reads?

  2. Sounds like a "lifted from the tabloids" book - a good vacation read!

  3. Sounds really good! Great pick. My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

  4. i haven't heard of this author but it sounds good! i love the cover & it seems the perfect chick lit read for the summer :)

    Here's my WoW pick.

  5. great pick! and i love the cover on that book too.


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