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Better Luck Next Time: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 7 April 2021

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins US (7 April 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 006291636X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062916365
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.46 x 22.86 cm
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Doesn't a romantic comedy set on a 1930s Nevada dude ranch teeming with about-to-be-divorced women owe a certain debt to the era's big-screen classics? Then again, it's hard to believe a cinematic version could be any more fun.--New York Times Book Review

Invites comparisons to Shakespeare's madcap comedies...Like Shakespeare with his fairies, Johnson uses her own brand of magic to bring these characters to life and to remind us that love often requires a second chance.--Chattanooga Free Press

"Hilarious and clever." --New York Post

Channels Frank Capra's screwball comedies...There is a delightful sense of closure in the way Johnson wraps up this shiny package, which arrives just after New Year's like a late holiday gift.--Christian Science Monitor

An engrossing portrait of 1930s Reno...witty and charming.--Booklist

Johnson's rollicking comedy sizzles, thanks to the immensely appealing voice of its aging narrator...brims with the clever banter and farcical situations of a classic Capra film.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Rollicking, nostalgic, wistful and wise, Better Luck Next Time is another gem from Julia Claiborne Johnson. Like a modern-day Anita Loos (but with more heart), Johnson spins an irresistible yarn that captures Depression-era disappointments, hopes, and determination, and paints a touching story of how even a life gone wrong can be a life well lived.--Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party

Julia Claiborne Johnson's real skill is a literary sleight of hand: creating humorous characters with big hearts, then using them to deliver a story with a surprising emotional wallop. There were tears from heartbreak and joy! My face still hurts from smiling. --Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor

Do you want to read something funny? Let's say, a novel set at a divorce ranch in Reno in the 1930s? A book with memorably eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, a satisfying plot twist, and some romance and sex? A feel-good literary comedy/western? Here it is, then, the book you've been looking for: Julia Claiborne Johnson's Better Luck Next Time.--Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

About the Author

Julia Claiborne Johnson is the bestselling author of Be Frank With Me. She worked at Mademoiselle and Glamour magazines before marrying and moving to Los Angeles, where she lives with her comedy-writer husband and their two children.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Little has been written about the Reno divorce ranch era, 1931 to the 1950s
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars A setting and characters to get lost in
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a well written book and it reads quickly, it is funny, and takes you immediately in.
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