on the Rocks
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2004
Tired of novels about young New Yorkers who deserve an Academy
Award for Self-Pity? Laura Smart is the rare heroine who doesnt
whine, have a weight problem, see a therapist, or think that
finding the right pair of Manolos will solve all her problems.
daughter of hard-working Hungarian immigrants in Cleveland,
Laura has thrived in a job at Buckeye magazine that
has let her write quirky and amusing stories like Bowling-Trophy
Wives, an article about the wives of Ohios best
Laura cant resist an offer to move to Manhattan and
work for a talk-show-host-turned-magazine editor. She hopes
her job at Cassandra will improve her troubled romance
with an aspiring screenwriter and turn her into Audrey
Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys without the
foot-long cigarette holder. Instead, she gets a bruising
reality check. She must deal with the gravity-defying cost
of apartments, a flirtatious corporate power broker, a best
friend with her own romantic problems, and a boss who wants
her to track down and interview an elusive pop star. She also
has to decide whether to break ranks with co-workers who see
their cascade of perks from advertisersfree clothes,
makeup, trips, and even carsas fair compensation for
their low salaries. The result is a sparkling comedy of manners
that hilariously sends up the sex-and-celebrity driven world
womens magazines. Written from the insiders perspective
of a former editor of Glamour, Manhattan on the
Rocks brims with the wry common sense of a heroine who
gains a gloss of New York sophistication without losing the
down-home values she brought to the city.
voice in this novel is spunky, and Harayda draws on references
to both pop culture and literature to give Laura an intelligence
that is the most compelling aspect of this novel. As her name
indicates, shes smart.
Kelly Magee, Ohioana Quarterly
Pamela Redmond Satran, The New York Times
a former senior editor of Glamour, provides an inside look
at the life of a New York magazine through an appealing heroines
Kristine Huntley, Booklist
teasingly pokes fun at the differences between Cleveland and
Linda Feagler, Obio Magazine
autumns hot new book.
on the Rocks will make readers laugh out loud.
Vince Brewton, ForeWord
Accidental Bride, A Romantic Comedy
St. Martins hardcover, 1999; Griffin
Foreign rights sold: Greek
month before her fairy-tale wedding to the third richest man
in the second largest city in Ohio, Lily Blair is suddenly
beset by doubts. Even though she appears to have it alla
budding newspaper career and a five-carat engagement ring
from a wonderful manshe cant decide whether to
plunge headfirst into the security of married suburban life
or follow her career dreams alone to New York. A lively cast
of friends, family, and coworkers keeps pushing her toward
Lily knows that she alone must make the biggest decision of
her life. And as she locks horns with her mother on nearly
every detail, issues like chicken-wings-versus-veal-medallions
turn into battles in an event being staged with the grandeur
and precision of a full-scale military operation. The situation
grows funnier and more desperate at every turn. Lily looks
to her heroine, Jane Austen, for inspiration. But can she
find what she needs in novels like Pride and Prejudice?
Before the answer emerges, Janice Harayda deftly satirizes
topics that include bridal fairs, Martha Stewart, personals
ads, sports fanaticism, and self-help books with titles like
Maybe Hes Just a Jerk. The result is a witty
and sparkling comedy of Midwestern manners that will keep
you guessing until the end. The Accidental Bride could
make an ideal shower gift for a future bride who wonders,
as Lily does, if she will lose her sanity on her way to the
debut novel is a witty and wise comedy of manners that pays
homage to Jane Austen
Harayda fleshes out Lily with
a refreshing combination of fragility and headstrong, illogical
self-awareness, making her all the more endearing. Readers
will find themselves rooting for Lily to triumph.
Accidental Bride delightfully sends up the carnivals we call
modern weddings. In a style that careens from Austenesque
to Corporate Memo-ese, Janice Harayda has written a farce
that dissects the farce of the matrimonial ceremony. Lily
is a charming character.
Olivia Goldsmith, bestselling author
of The First Wives Club
thoroughly entertaining first novel.
Joyce R. Slater, Chicago Sun-Times
with wit and humor, this is a story that charms.
of the summers best beach books.
first novel has plenty of snappy, witty dialog, humorous scenarios,
and sexual innuendo.
Margaret Ann Hanes, Library Journal
Harayda is an astute social commentator.
Maggie Galehouse, The New York Times
is quick with a quip and merciless at sniping at an unnamed
Residents of that city may not find this
funny, but everyone else will.
Michele Leber, Booklist
wit, playful homage to the winsome heroines of great nineteenth-century
novels, and a charming, irresolute heroine make this tale
of a woman who doesnt want to get married an unusually
Karen Karbo, San Francisco Chronicle
sense of the humorously absurd, combined with her gift for
timing and fun, make this book readable and fun
I ever put it down? No. I read it at breakfast, at dinner,
in the bubble bath. I got to liking Lily and wanted to find
out what would happen.
Wendy Smith, San Diego Union Tribune
former book editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Harayda
has made Lily a displaced reporter. This gives the author
a wonderful chance to skewer newsroom types
fun for the reader is helping Lily sort out her misgivings
[about her wedding] and figure out which are real and which
are only flutters.
Kit Reed, St. Petersburg Times
Accidental Bride is a worthy counterpart to
Joness Diary [Haraydas] hand at social satire
Lily Blair is a charming heroine
The reader is pleased to go along for the ride.
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
skewers todays over-the-top weddings and the whole wedding
Linda Brazill, The Capital Times (Madison,
Accidental Bride is a delightful romp of a book, both funny
and wise and very much a story for our times. In Lily Blair,
Jan Harayda has created a contemporary character who outdoes
the best of Jane Austens most memorable women. When
feisty Lily comes to terms with one of the biggest decisions
of her life, the reader can do nothing but cheer.
Ruth Coughlin, author of Grieving: A Love
laughs and true lover abound in this galloping romantic comedy.
Jan Harayda goes after the smug assumptions of suburban weddings
and the absurdity of mandatory matrimony. The
wit is civilized, the heart is romantic, and the wisecracks
are indeed wise.
Steve Szilagyi, author of Photographing
Accidental Bride is a charmingly witty, modern-day satirical
tale of a woman trying to keep her balance as she teeters
on the edge of matrimony.
Charles Salzberg, co-author of On Clear
Day They Could See Seventh Place
be kept guessing to the very end.
Marie Bruni, The Daily Star
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