“The show must go on” takes on a whole new meaning for one single mom in a witty and emotional novel by the USA Today bestselling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work, a Good Morning America May ‘21 recommended book!
“Ann Garvin’s genius lies in creating endearing, authentic women in the throes of midlife, and
THERE’S NO COMING BACK FROM THIS is another gem. Just when Poppy Lively thinks her life has bottomed out, life throws her one more plot twist, and this fifty-year-old single mom digs deep in her own Midwest Nice way to finally become the hero of her own life. Readers will cheer for Poppy, and her little dog Kevin, too!” –Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of THE HOMEWRECKERS and co-host of Friends & Fiction
Fans of Nora Ephron, Amy Poeppel, Maria Semple, Dolly Alderton, and Laura Zigman will relish Ann Garvin’s eagerly anticipated new novel, THERE’S NO COMING BACK FROM THIS (Lake Union Publishing; August 1, 2023). Bankrupt, Midwestern, Poppy Lively is a stowaway on a Los Angeles movie set, where she must stay hidden & prove her worth—or risk her beloved daughter’s future.
It seems lately that Poppy Lively is invisible to everyone but the IRS.
After her accountant absconded with her life savings, newly bankrupt Poppy is on the verge of losing her home when an old flame, now a hotshot producer, gives her a surprising way out: a job in costumes on a Hollywood film set. It’s a bold move to pack her bags, keep secrets from her daughter, and head to Los Angeles, but Poppy’s a capable person―how hard can a job in wardrobe be? It’s not like she has a choice; her life couldn’t get any worse. Even so, this Midwesterner has a lot to learn about the fast and loose world of movie stars, iconic costumes, and back-lot intrigue.
As a single mom, she’s rarely had time for watching movies, she doesn’t sew, and she doesn’t know a thing about dressing the biggest names in the business. Floundering and overlooked, Poppy has one ally: Allen Carol, an ill-tempered movie star taken with Poppy’s unfiltered candor and general indifference to stardom.
When Poppy stumbles upon corruption, she relies on everyone underestimating her to discover who’s at the center of it, a revelation that shakes her belief in humanity. What she thought was a way to secure a future for her daughter becomes a spotlight illuminating the facts: Poppy is out of her league among the divas of Tinseltown.
Poppy must decide whether to keep her mouth shut, as she’s always done, or with the help of a scruffy dog, show the moviemakers that they need her unglamorous ways, whether the superstars like it or not.
We have an enthusiastic group of bloggers who will be posting reviews, features, Q&As, excerpts and giveaways throughout August. We hope you will join us!
Tuesday, August 1 – BOOKAPOTAMUS
Wednesday, August 2 – SUE THE BOOKIE
Thursday, August 3 – BRIANA’S BEST READS
Friday, August 4 – NURSE BOOKIE
Monday, August 7 – BOOKS N YOGA PANTS
Tuesday, August 8 – BOOKS LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING
Wednesday, August 9 – NIKKI H ROSE
Thursday. August 10 – THE BOOK CLUB MOM
Friday, August 11 – SECRET READING LIFE
Friday, August 11 – LITERARY QUICKSAND
Saturday, August 12 – PURRFECT PAGES
Sunday, August 13 – WE LOVE BIG BOOKS AND WE CANNOT LIE
Monday, August 14 – A BOOKWORM WITH WINE
Tuesday, August 15 – DANISH MUSTARD READS
Wednesday, August 16 – TINA MAY READS
Thursday, August 17 – MRS BOOM READS
Friday, August 18 – THE BOOK LOVER BOOK CLUB
Friday, August 18 – WE BREAK FOR BOOKS
Monday, August 21 – MEG’S BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, August 22 – SUZY APPROVED BOOK REVIEWS
Wednesday, August 23 – MOMMA LEIGHELLEN’S BOOK NOOK
Thursday, August 24 – SUBAKKA BOOKSTUFF
Friday, August 25 – READING WITH MELANN ROSENTHAL
Monday, August 28 – BOOKS AND COFFEE MX
Tuesday, August 29 – ANDREA C. LOWRY READS
Wednesday, August 30 – TEE’S BOOK JOURNEY
Wednesday, August 30 – ANGELA READS BOOKS
Thursday, August 31 – BOOKS WITH BETHANY
Thursday, August 31 – BOOK OBSESSIONS LINDA