Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
Published: April 4, 2023
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Curtis Sittenfeld is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including Rodham, Eligible, Prep, American Wife, and Sisterland, as well as the collection You Think It, I’ll Say It. Her books have been translated into thirty languages. In addition, her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post Magazine, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, for which she has also been the guest editor. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, and Vanity Fair, and on public radio’s This American Life.
“Is it sourdough bread?”
Sally is one of several writers on a popular sketch comedy show. And while she loves it, she knows it is just a stepping stone for her to do something bigger. Noah is a superstar singer who hosts and performs on the show, not realizing he is about to change his life. Life is not a series of linear steps, and sometimes taking chances and pushing boundaries is necessary.
This was an interesting insight into being a television writer and a human. I liked the first chapter a lot. Getting to experience television set life was cool.
Sally is a complicated character. She has a lot of opinions, several of which are spot on, but at times she is her own worst enemy. Noah was a perfect balance to Sally’s anxieties. Where she was afraid, he was brave. Where she was lost, he was steady. Their dynamic was solid.
I liked the friendships in this book. I liked how they evolved, blossomed, and were represented. I also liked how certain things were said truthfully and without regret.
Chapters two and three brought back the most challenging parts of Covid, and that wasn’t easy to read with enjoyment. The isolation, the fear, it was all described with brutal accuracy.
This unconventional love story has a realistic twist and a happy ending.