From the stunning, fabulous cover to the addictive title, Amy Poeppel’s Limelight is the one of the hottest reads of spring and must for any beach-read addict. I was thrilled when she said she would answer Bliss, Beauty and Books “Open Book” questions. She talked US Weekly, Real Housewives, bookish beauty and her current TBR pile. Read on to learn more about Amy and her latest book ❤
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“Outstanding…A tribute to Broadway, teen celebrity life, and a mother who has now seen it all, this work is tough love at its finest and a great read for those wanting a ride on the wild side.”—Booklist (starred review)
Best New Books You Should Read This Spring—PopSugar
In a smart and funny new novel by the author of the critically acclaimed, “big-hearted, charming” (The Washington Post) Small Admissions, a family’s move to New York City brings surprises and humor as their lives merge with the captivating world of Broadway.
Allison Brinkley—wife, mother, and former unflappable optimist—discovers that a carefully weighed decision to pack up and move her family from suburban Dallas to the glittery chaos of Manhattan may have been more complicated than she and her husband initially thought.
Allison learns that New York is unruly and bewildering, defying the notions she developed from romantic movies and a memorable childhood visit. After a humiliating call from the principal’s office and the loss of the job she was counting on, Allison begins to accept that New York may not suit her after all.
When Allison has a fender-bender, witnessed by a flock of mothers at her son’s new school, she is led to the penthouse apartment of a luxurious Central Park West building and encounters a spoiled, hungover, unsupervised teenager who looks familiar. It doesn’t take long to recognize him as Carter Reid—a famous pop star who has been cast in a new Broadway musical. Through this brush with stardom, Allison embraces a unique and unexpected opportunity that helps her find her way in the heart of Manhattan.
In a book that delivers laughs, warmth, and delightful wish fulfillment, Poeppel dives into celebrity culture and modern motherhood with her trademark “quick-witted and razor-sharp” (Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life) style.
1. What three celebrities/authors/figures- living or dead, would you want to have a book club with?
I would love to be in a book club with Michelle Obama and Sarah Silverman, and I’d revive Noel Coward and invite him to join. I’m convinced the four of us would have great chemistry! (Lots of wit to go around!) We would drink cocktails, talk, and have a lot of laughs together, and we would choose terrific books to read.
2. Current binge series?
Barry on HBO! I love it in large part because I’m crazy about Bill Hader. I don’t know how this particular show works so well: it combines the humor of amateur acting classes with the horror of gruesome assassinations. Imagine if Waiting for Guffman and Pulp Fiction had a film baby… Weird, right? But for many reasons (the acting, the writing, the premise), the result is perfection.
3. Recent favorite book?
I adored Elinor Lipman’s On Turpentine Lane — it’s fantastically funny, original, and smart.
4. What 3 things do you pack in your bag for your dream vacation? Where is it?
Books, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. You’ll find me on the beach or pool-side.
5. Sunday NYT or US Weekly?
Please don’t make me choose!!
6. Last person you sent a text message to?
I sent a chicken emoji to one of my kids for no particular reason, other than as a way of saying hello.
7. Book you read that you wished you wrote?
Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members. It’s so funny and clever, and I love epistolary novels.
8. Do you have a teacher who encouraged you to become a writer?
I had so many fabulous teachers when I was in school, and I feel really grateful about that. From kindergarten through high school, I had English teachers who inspired me, encouraged me, and taught me to think and write. Bob Scanlan, a theater teacher/director I had in college, taught me how to write fast-paced dialogue.
9. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, who?
Unfortunately, I get way too distracted when I listen to music, especially music with lyrics. I need silence to get any work done.
10. Describe your writing space?
My desk is supposed to be my writing space, but it’s always too messy to be used. Instead, I sit on my bed, hunched over my laptop. Not great for the spine but terrific for productivity.
11. Coffee or tea?
12. Do you have a favorite book that you gift?
I have given Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons to many of my friends. I first read this lovely book when I was in my early twenties and have always found it has such broad appeal. Ellen is one of the most memorable female characters in fiction.
13. Book that you wished they would make a movie out of?
May I name a few? Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and The Bucket List by Georgia Clark.
14. If you could have one song as the theme song of your life what would it be and why?
I don’t know what it is about the song And She Was by The Talking Heads, but it feels like my theme song. I’m not an out-of-body experience kind of person, but something about this woman floating above her house and her neighborhood, checking out the world from this awesome perspective, and “moving out in all directions,” strikes me as fun and bizarre. Plus it’s just a great song.
15. What/Who inspires you?
Morning people inspire me. I am so impressed by anyone who wakes up and either writes (I’m talking to you, 5am Writers’ Club) or exercises. I am useless for about an hour after the alarm goes off and dysfunctional until I’ve had coffee. Mid-afternoon is a really good time for me.
16. Bravo reality TV- yes or no?
In phases, that’s a definite yes. I always get hooked on a Real Housewives of Absolutely Anywhere for a whole season, but then I’ll forget to watch it when it comes back on again. So I’ve seen the first season of every Real Housewives show.
17. Favorite Instagram account?
@thecontext for art and style, @bookbaristas for books and the reader’s life, and @henrythecoloradodog for the cutest dog/cat pictures ever.
18. If you could name just one lipstick after a book, what would you call it and what shade would it be?
I would wear “No Regret Rose” every day, named after Andrea Dunlop’s She Regrets Nothing. It would be a lovely shade of pink, like the cover of the book, and a little sparkly to go well with champagne.
19. Current #TBR pile?
Heads Of The Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Another Side of Paradise by Sally Koslow
The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell
20. Best advice you’ve ever received?
The best writing advice I’ve received is from Anne Lamott’s book Bird By Bird: “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something — anything — down on paper.”
*Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications for setting up this interview and a review copy of the book!*