From the voice of Lorelei Gilmore (literally, if you’re listening on audiobook) is this fun and fulfilling book about a young(ish) actress in New York working and striving to find success and happiness in both a business and city often characterized by a certain harshness.
Francis Banks is approaching her late twenties and her self-imposed deadline to “be successful” or give up acting in favor of more “reasonable” career goals. We journey with Franny through her final year before deadline day as she stumbles through career, relationships, and life in general, all on the way to finding herself.
This book is thoroughly enjoyable, even if a little predictable. I do not know if the story is in any way auto-biographical, though - if I were to guess - I would say it is. And this is largely due to Franny being a delightfully well-rounded, lovable and flawed character. She seems like someone you know, or perhaps she seems like a part of yourself. At every turn, you are rooting for her success even as you watch her put obstacles in her own way. Because we’ve all been there. We probably are all still currently there.
I often find actresses difficult characters to like in a literary sense. And before anyone is offended, know many of my closest friends and a majority of my colleagues are actresses. They are great, and very much individuals like the “rest of us.” But on page, actresses often come across as self-centered and manic, with low self-esteem and, more often than not, carrying “Daddy issue” baggage. Not to mention the stigmas of the theatre not being a “real” career and acting especially just being some version of playing pretend. Taken separately, none of these things are special or specific to any one group of characters over another but throw them together and you get “Protagonist Actress Stew.” I don’t like it, and truthfully, I’m sure my actress friends don’t either. BUT like most stereotypes, there exists some truth and Lauren Graham pretty magnificently manages to walk that line. Franny is all these things at times, but she’s also hardworking, kind, compassionate, determined and smart.
Someday, Someday, Maybe is light-hearted fare. It’s supposed to be fun and perhaps a bit frivolous, but myself and the majority of book readers enjoy those kinds of stories. Which means a strong, identifiable female lead in a fluffier piece can be just as important as the feminist manifestos of Margaret Atwood.
by Lauren Graham