The Accidental Bestseller
By Wendy Wax
Berkley Books, 2009. 419 pgs. Fiction
Years ago four aspiring authors met at their very first writers’ convention. Ten years later Mallory, Faye, Tanya, and Kendall are still friends. When Kendall’s career and marriage begin to tank her friends gather around her to give her emotional and literary support. Together they collaborate on a book using their own lives and individual secrets for the novel’s material. They assume this book will not receive much press, but when it becomes a sudden bestseller, the friends realize how little they’ve known about each other even after all the years of friendship.
I liked getting an insider’s look at the world of publishing as I read this novel. I was surprised by the secrets each of these authors revealed and how their friendship was affected by the secrecy. Although this book is not squeaky clean; I had a hard time putting this book down.