Romantic Comedy: A Novel (Hardcover)
This is a fun read! First, you’ll enjoy learning about the behind-the-scenes view of how Saturday Night Live is made and who makes it (the show is called The Night Owls in this novel, but it is obviously SNL). Sally, one of the show’s writers, pitches a skit about how sexy celebrity women keep falling for, let’s say, less attractive and less successful men - like some of the writers and stars of SNL. Oh, I mean of TNO. Then, a HOT and talented rock star is the special guest and sparks fly between him and Sally. She thinks. Then that week’s show is over and regular life returns - and then the pandemic hits. Hot rock star emails Sally. I flew through those pages of back-and-forth emails! She heads to LA to visit him, and…you’ll have to read it for yourself!— Amber
“Whatever [Sittenfeld] writes, we’ll read it.”—People
Sally Milz is a sketch writer for The Night Owls, a late-night live comedy show that airs every Saturday. With a couple of heartbreaks under her belt, she’s long abandoned the search for love, settling instead for the occasional hook-up, career success, and a close relationship with her stepfather to round out a satisfying life.
But when Sally’s friend and fellow writer Danny Horst begins dating Annabel, a glamorous actress who guest-hosted the show, he joins the not-so-exclusive group of talented but average-looking and even dorky men at the show—and in society at large—who’ve gotten romantically involved with incredibly beautiful and accomplished women. Sally channels her annoyance into a sketch called the Danny Horst Rule, poking fun at this phenomenon while underscoring how unlikely it is that the reverse would ever happen for a woman.
Enter Noah Brewster, a pop music sensation with a reputation for dating models, who signed on as both host and musical guest for this week’s show. Dazzled by his charms, Sally hits it off with Noah instantly, and as they collaborate on one sketch after another, she begins to wonder if there might actually be sparks flying. But this isn’t a romantic comedy—it’s real life. And in real life, someone like him would never date someone like her . . . right?
With her keen observations and trademark ability to bring complex women to life on the page, Curtis Sittenfeld explores the neurosis-inducing and heart-fluttering wonder of love, while slyly dissecting the social rituals of romance and gender relations in the modern age.
“Three cheers for Curtis Sittenfeld and her astute, sharp and ebullient anthropological interest in the human condition.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Sittenfeld] is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines’ understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight.”—The Boston Globe
“Sittenfeld is a clear thinker, a canny observer, and a solid, graceful stylist.”—The Washington Post Book World
“A skilled storyteller [who] delivers a well-told, compelling story about characters so real they settle into your psyche like old friends.”—Associated Press
“Sittenfeld makes writing lively and diverting fiction look easy.”—Chicago Tribune
“Sittenfeld has an astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads.”—The Washington Post
“One of the finest observers of human nature writing today.”—Glamour
“Sittenfeld is . . . popular but intellectual, accessible but mysterious and, above all, a perspective chameleon with an uncanny ability to enter the minds of callow prep school outcasts and devotedly compromising first ladies alike.”—All Things Considered
“[Sittenfeld] is a sharp observer of human nature and human relationships.”—USA Today