Tuesday, August 01, 2006

She may not have heard an orchestra playing Stars and Stripes on her front lawn this morning...

...but I did

So today is the release of my good pal Ellen Meister's incredible, incredible book "Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA".

To learn some really fun things about Ellen, please visit our mutual friend Myfanwy Collin's blog.

And here are the first stellar reviews for Applewood:

From Publishers Weekly
Cat fights erupt among Applewood's soccer moms in Meister's eager-to-please debut. The local PTA, driven by über-wife Suzanne Podobinski, is raising money to build a small stadium at the elementary school when a location scout, searching for a place to film a movie starring George Clooney, happens into their Long Island town. The PTA quickly dissolves into factious committees, and Meister uses the ladies' competitiveness to delve into the histrionic relationships of suburban housewives: lawyer Maddie Schein has an inferiority complex that's exacerbated when she imagines her chiropractor husband has a crush on his cousin; brash, show-offy songwriter Ruth Moss secretly longs for satisfaction after three years of caring for her impotent, half-paralyzed husband; and mousy Lisa Slotnick, married to a millionaire computer geek, is in for a rocky ride after her alcoholic singer mother shows up. As tension mounts, the ladies cast aspersions, scheme, connive and resort to blackmail (a ploy that comes in handy after Suzanne is spotted in a poolside ménage à trois). The comic book"inspired cover and Lisa Kudrow blurb are the icing on this cupcake of a novel. (Aug.)
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From Booklist
It's every woman's fantasy to have a film--location crew select her hometown for the next movie starring a major cinematic sex symbol (in this case, George Clooney), and when an Applewood, Long Island, elementary school, is deemed a possible site for Clooney's upcoming flick, the members of the upscale community's PTA go into hyperbolic overdrive to turn fantasy into reality. As members of the PR committee, it will fall to Maddie, Ruth, and Lisa to polish Applewood's somewhat spotty reputation when the producers come to town. Accomplishing such a massive public-relations coup would be difficult enough, but add Maddie's failing marriage, Ruth's clandestine affair (with the school superintendent, no less), and Lisa's alcoholic mother to the mix, and you have women facing challenges that make the typical Saturday morning PTA bake sale look like a piece of cake. With sexy characters, sharp dialogue, and snappy pacing, Meister's sassy, saucy debut novel could well turn into a movie of its own. Carol Haggas
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I met Ellen for the first time four years ago when she was still on an agent search for her manuscript. Here we are together at brunch in New York City:

Ellen is on the first row, far right, that's me as usual hiding in dark glasses on the far left, and with her hands on her shoulders standing above Ellen is Susan Henderson, my fellow partner in crime in the Neil Gaiman fan club.

By the way, Neil and Ellen share publishers. How cool is that! Maybe they'll get to hang out at the Harper/Collins Christmas party together? Of course Sue and I will crash, or dress as maids and pass around trays of champagne...

Seriously. Buy Ellen's book. I've read it. It's freaking amazing. And...there's a chance that Lisa Kudrow will say something about it on the Jay Leno show tonight. Lisa did the audio version of Ellen's book, as well as providing her with a blurb for the cover. I've made it easy for you to buy -- just click on the Amazon link on the right under my "recommended reading". Okay? Okay!

I repeat. HOW COOL IS THAT???

So yeah, I do hear an orchestra playing Stars and Stripes, I do see fireworks in the sky, and today I am celebrating bigtime for my dear friend Ellen.



lisaannette said...

6:52 Houston

High Five, Girlfriend!

Thanks for sharing those reviews - I'm still rolling on hte floor. ; )

Myfanwy Collins said...

I am so EXCITED for Ellen!!! It's just the best.


Susan Henderson said...

Ellen, I'm so proud of you! See you Thursday.

(God, I love furry arms. Weak in the knees.)

Ellen said...

Thanks, Rob! I have to tell you what an idiot I am. When I was making breakfast for the kids today, I stuck my finger right into the toaster's heating element and got a MONSTER burn. So I am in AGONY now, able to take my finger out of a glass of icewater for seconds at at time to type.



Damn. The part of me that doesn't think I deserve this just won a battle with the other part!

RobinSlick said...

First of all, you're supposed to soak your hand in warm water, not cold!

Oh, Ellen -- this is why your book is going to be such a huge success. Because it's funny and touching and neurotic and brilliant all at once -- just like you.

Lisa A. - you will roll on the floor even more when you read Ellen's book. It's that good.

Myf..I know. I almost feel like it's my book I'm so chuffed.

Susan...yes, me, too. Proud of Ellen and in love with furry arms. I was mesmerized watching the hand attached autograph books. Weak in the "knees"? Heh. Oh yeah. There, too.

RobinSlick said...

Ellen - P.S. Is there something Freudian about your use of the word "sunconscious"?


David Neidorf said...

Cold water for the burn is correct.

RobinSlick said...

Ha ha - well, that's the last time I play doctor then.

And if you believe that...

Anonymous said...

Go Ellen! This is a great day for you and those of us who get to read your novel!

Anonymous said...

Oh that last comment was from me, Kath...duh.

katrina said...

Woohoo!!! Congrats, Ellen!!

RobinSlick said...

Kat, did you catch the Leno show last night? (I admit to never watching it but for Ellen I'd do anything)

I was so excited when Lisa plugged the book! How amazing was that!


RobinSlick said...

Ha ha - hi Kathy - just saw this. Also saw on Zoe that you caught Leno, too. Did you have as hard a time falling asleep last night as I did?

Susan Henderson said...

I don't even know how to turn my TV on. Isn't that pathetic? All I get is a blue screen.

Ellen was awesome tonight and then she almost made me cry with what she signed in my book. She must have sold 50 books or more!

(I also bought THE WEE FREE MEN for my boys.)