June 30, 2011
Ten years ago, four friends met at a writers conference. Each woman was different but shared a bond.
Faye and her husband, Steve, had gone from comfortable to strapped living now that Steve left his lucrative advertising job to start a church and television ministry. Supporting three children in college depleted their savings. Faye didn't sign up for this life, but dealt with it best as she could. Mallory is labeled the most successful of the group. She focuses all of her time on writing bestsellers, neglecting her husband in the process. Tanya is a single mother, juggling two jobs and a troublesome mother. Then there is Kendall, who lost her husband, publishing deal, and an award all at the same time. Now she is forced to carry out her publishing contract by writing one more book.
The women form a plan to help Kendall finish her last book. They secretly collaborate on a fiction novel loosely based on their own lives. Nobody will ever know, right? Well the book becomes an accidental bestseller. Only then does the slow-paced book take flight (about the last 60 pages). We learn secrets of each friend as a scandal unfolds and their friendship is tested.
I enjoyed the insider information of the publishing world in The Accidental Bestseller. It left me wondering whether this was a true story within a story, within its story. Is this a real life accidental bestseller? (Read the book and this statement will make sense.) However, like I previously mentioned it was too slow for me. It was the June beach read selection for a Goodreads club I'm in. I tried reading it at the pool, but was easily distracted. I tried reading it on the patio, but again I was quick to put it down. Hopefully other Wendy Wax novels are better.
Title: The Accidental Bestseller
Author: Wendy Wax
Published: May 2010
Pages: 370 pages