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The Difference Between You and Me

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When the hottest script in Hollywood lands in her lap, Josephine O'Leary sets out to conquer the film industry. Never mind that her beleaguered husband is miserable, and her bitchy boss is driving her nuts---Josephine's got screenwriters to sleep with, and no time for guilt. Meanwhile, Carla Trousse, a jaded New Yorker --- who just got laid off, can't get a decent date, and wakes up one day to find her roof literally caved in --- is heading to Hollywood to start life over. When a blockbuster revelation about one of Hollywood's biggest stars sends shock waves through the industry, Carla and Josephine are thrown together. The result is chronicled in a laugh-out-loud but searing tale that explores the perils of ambition and the redemptive power of friendship. With a light touch, author Kathleen DeMarco illuminates the crazy-making dilemmas that every modern woman will recognize --- from office skirmishes to baby lust, from professional ambition to the self-help craze --- and shows how even the most mismatched pair of women can set aside their differences and help put one another's lives back together.
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The collision of two well-educated, self-absorbed women, who are unlikable in vastly different ways, makes for fun summer reading. First in the ring and hailing from New York City is the intelligent, dumpy, and self-pitying Carla Trousse. With multiple literary degrees and excess poundage under her belt, she cannot manage to make a decent living or a romantic connection. Out of work and off balance, she doesn't succumb to her family's invitation to move in with them in California until her apartment roof collapses. In the other corner, from Los Angeles, is the beautiful, pushy ex-lawyer Josephine O'Leary, who has her sights set on being a film producer. A master of status symbols and one-upmanship, Josie lands a job at a production company and comes upon a promising script that grabs the attention of a big-name actor with a secret relationship to Carla. By the time it surfaces to topple the balance of power, Josie is ripe, and the reader is ready for her comeuppance. This minor knock-out of a novel from the author of The Cranberry Queen is recommended for public libraries.-Sheila Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Two very different women set out for Hollywood in film producer DeMarco's second novel (after Cranberry Queen), a humorous take on the image-obsessed world of moviemaking and moneymaking. Ruthless Josie O'Leary wants to be a movie producer and will do anything to get ahead-including dumping her husband when he is diagnosed with testicular cancer. A publicist acquaintance gives her crucial advice: "Glom. As in `I glom, you glom, everyone gloms.' Find talent-an actor, a writer, if you're lucky, a director-and weld yourself to their hip." Eagerly taking her at her word, Josie gloms onto writer Joshua King, author of a promising script called The Bear Who Saved Christmas. Meanwhile, in New York, Carla Trousse, an unemployed writer with an unfinished dissertation, decides she is fed up with the East Coast. Her aunt Paulette, who lives in Southern California, tells her she has "something" she needs to discuss with Carla and suggests she move out west. When she does, she is swept up in a whirlwind of Tinseltown intrigue, finally colliding with Josie in the office of Henry Antonelli, a Clint Eastwoodesque veteran movie star with his own production company. The revelation that Carla is Henry's illegitimate daughter fuels the tangled developments that follow. Carla's haplessness and honesty make her a nice foil for Josie, with her pitbull-like tenacity and ruthless duplicity, but the novel's plotting spins out of control with the haphazard introduction of secondary characters and subplots. Structural weaknesses aside, this is an enjoyable read and a pleasantly lightweight spoof of Hollywood behavior. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"You'll devour Cranberry Queen, DeMarco's poignant, witty debut."

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