“There’s no damn business like show business – you have to smile to keep from throwing up.” Billie Holiday
“We ain’t in Dallas, anymore.” In Amy Poeppel’s new novel, LIMELIGHT (EmilyBestler) A family moves to New York City because the husband gets a promotion and mom ends up fulfilling her fantasies about the Big Apple, or does she?
Allison Brinkley—wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist—discovers that a carefully weighed decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the glittery chaos of Manhattan may have been more complicated than she and her husband initially thought.
Allison learns quickly that New York is dirty, loud, rude and defies and notions she developed from romantic movies and a memorable childhood visit. After a humiliating call from her son’s principal’s office and the unacceptable way she loses her job, Allison begins to accept that New York may not suit her after all.
Allison has a fender-bender, and ends up in the Central Park penthouse of the person she hit. There she meets a hungover, spoiled obnoxious teenage jerk with a mouth in need of some real soap and an attitude off the charts. Soon after, while flipping through the daily celebrity papers, she realizes the kid she was with was no other than super pop-star, Carter Reid. She finagles herself into his world by becoming his assistant and the stand-in nagging mother he doesn’t have.
Meanwhile her own three kids are dealing with the shocking differences of living in Manhattan and her husband is finding out he’s quite a cosmopolitan kind of guy. Once the other Brinkley’s find out what mom’s new job is, it’s a family affair to get Carter performing like one of the humans of New York.
Amy Poeppel captures New York City as if she grew up there with all the sarcasm, quick wit and razor sharp observations. You can’t help but feel her actual love for New York City bouncing off the pages.
Amy Poeppel grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Wellesley College and worked as an actress in the Boston area, appearing in a corporate industrial for Polaroid, a commercial for Brooks Pharmacy, and a truly terrible episode of America’s Most Wanted, along with other TV spots and several plays. While in Boston, she also got her Masters in Teaching from Simmons College.
She is married to David Poeppel, a neuroscientist at NYU and Director of the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt. For the past twenty years, they have lived in many cities, including San Francisco, Berlin, and New York City, and had three sons along the way. Amy taught high school English in the Washington, DC suburbs for several years, and after moving to New York, she worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at an independent school where she had the fulfilling experience of meeting and getting to know hundreds of applicant families.
She attended sessions at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit and wrote the theatrical version of Small Admissions, which was performed there as a staged reading in 2011. Because the admissions world provided so much material, she expanded the play into a novel of the same name.
LIMELIGHT will be published May 1st. You have time to pre-order your copy from your favorite independent bookstore.
Thanks to Amy and Kathleen Carter Communication, we have one copy of LIMELIGHT to giveaway. Just tell us what your favorite Broadway play or musical is.
We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck!
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