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Title:
Been there, married that
ISBN:
9781250166814
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
324 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"A hilarious new novel full of Hollywood glitz, glamour, and scandal. When he changes the locks, she changes the rules. Agnes Murphy Nash is the perfect Hollywood wife - she has the right friends, the right clothes, and even a side career of her own as a writer. Her husband Trevor is a bigshot producer, and from the outside it looks like they're living a picture-perfect celebrity life, complete with tennis tournaments and lavish parties. But the job description of a Hollywood wife doesn't cover divorce, which is the way Agnes' life is headed after she comes home one day to find her credit cards cancelled and the security passwords to get into her enormous LA home changed. Oh, and there's a guy there whose job it is to tase her if she tries to enter...which she does. Needless to say, Agnes' husband is dead set on making sure she loses big time, but Agnes isn't the type to just lie down and take it. In a world of frenemies and hot nannies, personal psychics and "skinny" jello shots, Agnes may be losing her husband, but could that mean getting her own life back? Been There, Married That is a drop-dead hilarious battle of wills that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and keep turning the pages to see what crazy disaster will happen to Agnes next...and how she'll rise from the ashes"--
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In a world where therapist look like the Real Housewives of Equinox, where friends dispense Xanax like Pez, and where a woman's status is directly linked to the how few carbs she eats...can one Hollywood wife take back her life?

Agnes Murphy Nash is in big trouble. When she returns home one evening only to find the locks changed on the gates of their mansion, the security guard breaks the news: her famous producer husband has filed for divorce. And he's not going to play fair. Trevor Nash wants custody of their tween daughter, Pep, but only for the sake of appearances. And Agnes can't let him win.

With the help of her ex-con sister, a Hollywood psychic, a ballsy female lawyer, and a host of friends and "frenemies," Agnes realizes that when he changes the locks, she needs to change the rules. But a crisis can lead to opportunity, and for Agnes, this gigantic betrayal brings her to a crossroads that will have her asking herself what she really wants out of life, who she really wants to be, and which man she really loves.

Told with Gigi Levangie's sparkling dialogue and wit, Been There, Married That is a drop-dead hilarious battle of wills that will make you laugh out loud, cringe, and keep turning the pages to see what crazy disaster will happen to Agnes next...and how she'll rise from the ashes.


Author Notes

Gigi Levangie is the author of several novels, including The Starter Wife , which was adapted for an Emmy award-winning miniseries starring Debra Messing, and Maneater , which was adapted for a Lifetime miniseries starring Sarah Chalke. In addition, Levangie wrote the screenplay for the movie Stepmom , starring Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Glamour.


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Levangie's rollicking latest (after Seven Deadlies), divorce turns into blood sport for Agnes Murphy Nash, a Hollywood author who must regroup when her powerful movie producer husband Trevor decides he doesn't "want to marriage anymore." Trevor is not only a no-show to her book launch party, but Agnes must hop the gate to their home after discovering the code has been changed, only to get tased on the other side. After Trevor cancels Agnes's credit cards, tries to sell the house out from under her, and gets her shipped off to rehab for her almond habit, it's time for Agnes to lawyer up. Trevor and Agnes's cat-and-mouse game soars to ridiculous heights, and when Agnes's delightful jailbird sister Fin comes to stay, she's more than happy to help Agnes drive the childish and neurotic Trevor out of his wits. However, things get serious when Trevor tries to take sole custody of their 11-year-old daughter, Pep. Screenwriter Levangie has a keen insight into the inner workings, and foibles, of the Hollywood elite, and her sharp, canny wit drives her mile-a-minute prose and spares no one. Agnes's voice is wry and funny, and there's just enough pathos about her to keep the more farcical elements in check. Readers looking for a fast, laugh-out-loud romp will find much to enjoy. 75,000-copy announced first printing. (Feb.)


Kirkus Review

A Hollywood divorce with all the trimmings: luxury real estate, lawyers, TMZ, plastic surgery, an Oscar, and a night in jail.It begins at the narrator's 48th birthday party, where her A-list movie star husband, Trevor, toasts herwork ethic. "My fertility is on its last heaving throes, my eggs scrambled and crapping out, waving the white maxi pad. All that's left for me is flushing and sweat. Soon, I will be all dried out, a human tumbleweed, rolling along Sunset Boulevard to guzzle martinis at the Polo Lounge," she says. Rushing along in a torrent of inner monologue, snappy dialogue, puns, memes, and wisecracks, the narrator of Levangie's (Seven Deadlies, 2013, etc.) latest goes from the birthday celebration to a book party with signature cocktails called "Tres Deadlies" and "Deadlies on Arrival"suggesting that the author, a former Hollywood wife herself, knows whereof she speaks. When the narrator gets home, she finds the code to the gate of her "mid-century California ranch-style estate in the famed Palisades Riviera" has been changed. After she climbs over, the guard, ordered to keep her out, tasers her. "I'm putting this marriage in turnaround," announces the extremely self-absorbed Trevor. "You know, like when I had that cartel project I was really in love with but then we couldn't get Guillermo to direct and then I kind of fell out of love and I fired everybody?" The narrator digs in her heelsafter all, she needs a place to raise her daughter, Pep, hide her ex-con sister, Fin, and entertain her book club, currently reading "a multigenerational family saga set in the Burmese mountains in the winter of 1806, written by a queer-leaning Bangladeshi paraplegic." This means war.A high-thread-count sheet of jokes swathing a plot as slender as its eating-challenged narrator. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Those who can't get enough Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will have great fun with Levangie's latest send up of the over-the-top lives of Hollywood movers and shakers. Agnes Nash was perfectly happy with her role as a producer's wife, which consisted primarily of gossiping at charity events and sunbathing with cocktails. But her husband, Trevor, has decided to move on, and she comes home one night to find herself locked out of her house. Determined not to lose her daughter or the lifestyle to which she's become accustomed, Agnes sets out to make Trevor pay, with help from her over-eager staff and jailbird sister. Readers of Levangie's previous books will find that they've been there, read that, given the book's familiar larger than life characters and exaggerated descriptions of every Hollywood stereotype, but the fast pace and quick change of scenes contribute to the depiction of life in the fast lane. The tale is full of one-liners, sarcasm, and scandal, making it hard not to laugh at Agnes' woes. Fans of Lauren Weisberger and Candace Bushnell will inhale this in one sitting.--Tracy Babiasz Copyright 2019 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Agnes Murphy Nash comes from humble beginnings, but she has managed to turn herself into the perfect Hollywood wife. The world revolves around her husband, Oscar-winning producer Trevor Nash, and every decision Agnes makes, from the bedsheets to whom she lunches with, is in service to his ego. But Trevor wants to divorce Agnes, because he is no longer happy, whatever that means. They have a daughter, and she is the unwitting pawn, also known as "leverage," in this divorce. Agnes is more self-aware than many of her contemporaries; she realizes she is living in a bubble, but she likes it there. We get to read her every thought, and she has them at a dizzying pace, making this a quick read--at times humorous, but mostly just exhausting. VERDICT The level of Hollywood narcissism shown in Levangie's (The Starter Wife; The After Wife) novel is astounding and makes it hard to empathize with or even believe the characters in this marital farce. For fans of the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and frothy celebrity memoirs.--Stacy Alesi, Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Lib., Lynn Univ., Boca Raton, FL