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ISBN:
1594480214
Author:
Deborah Skelly
Category:
Humor & Satire
Language:
English
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
Pages:
257 pages
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The Misadventures of Maria O'Mara book. A sharp and uproariously funny look at the modern. Sophisticated, sleek, and painfully funny, Deborah Skelly's all-too-true debut novel is the notorious roman a clef that's already made an appearance on the New York Post's Page Six and has the entertainment community buzzing with anticipation.

The Misadventures of Maria O'Mara - Deborah Skelly. The Misadventures of Maria O'Mara. On the edge of turning forty, talent agent Maria O'Mara finds herself coping with a series of crises as she races against time to save her job, find a man, start a family, and deal with possible insanity, in an uproarious look at the life of a modern woman who has sacrificed everything for the sake of a career.

A sharp and uproariously funny look at the modern woman, as seen through the words of a talent agent, pushing forty. Maria O'Mara on Style: "I am definitely having a bad face day, which is so much worse than a bad hair day because it is impossible to just put your face in a ponytail and forget about i. Maria O'Mara on Men: "If the girl that came before Cinderella had just tried a little harder to get that shoe on she'd have been Mrs. Prince Charming.

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THE MISADVENTURES OF MARIA O’MARA Deborah Skelly On the verge of turning forty, talent agent Maria O’Mara has just a few short months to save her job, find a man, and start a family-and she may be going mad. A Riverhead paperback original June 320 pp. 1-59448-021-4.

Skelly has a BA from Smith College and a JD from Pepperdine University and is the author of The Misadventures of Maria O’Mara, a book about a female talent agent. Skelly, who started Monday, reports to Rodriguez and oversees a staff of five people nationwide. She is based in Los Angeles.

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Michael O'Mara Books, London, United Kingdom. I’m glad I picked up this book, which illuminates through these Lectures how our understanding of ourselves has developed, and gently interrogates our brains and our minds - Robin Ince. News and fun things from Michael O'Mara books.

On the edge of turning forty, talent agent Maria O'Mara finds herself coping with a series of crises as she races against time to save her job, find a man, start a family, and deal with possible insanity, in an uproarious look at the life of a modern woman who has sacrificed everything for the sake of a career. Original.
  • Dagdatus
i couldnt put this book down. i felt her pain and joy on every page. delightful metaphors. couldn't stop laughing everytime maria cried,"I WANT A DO OVER!"
who doesn't ?

hope there is a sequel soon.
  • Molace
I picked up this book because it seemed like it would be a funy, modern tale of being older and single in the city. So many of the other reviews spoke of it being really insightful, funny and sad. I found quite the opposite. The main character, Maria is hardly likeable. She bemoans her superficiality and does nothing to change it, pursues a relationship for most of the book that even SHE doesn't seem to be that into, and even her nervous breakdown and soul-searching find her looking for the easy way out (she wants a therapist/priest/anyone to do all the work for her). This book has a few funny one liners (about three), but other than that, it's surprisingly lacking in wit. In addition, the narration is a bit spastic, jumping from one place to the other without transitions. I kept reading, hoping for the book to get better, but its ending was just as flat as the rest. I definitely suggest checking it out from the library before buying.
  • Kanrad
At turns hilarious and heart breaking. This book is a brutally honest social satire that had me laughing a lot. I loved the heroine, Maria and found myself drawn to her plight. She's pushing 40 and still single and hears the clanging of her biological clock. For a time she is willing to believe that Harris, a man she doesn't really like all that much, is the one for her. I loved the writing. Quick paced book in diary format but it didn't feel stilted like so many diaries do.

I couldn't put it down until I finished.

Great debut.
  • Taur
Alternating between funny, sad, witty, light and dark (and sometimes all at once), the one constant that keeps the story moving and compelling is the author's total sincerity. The character of Maria is very accessible because of this, and it is hard not to laugh or cry with her.

The author's evident wit and intelligence make the pages turn very quickly, and as the end of the story approaches you can't help but wonder how Maria will fare.

While many may get this to read tales from "inside the industry" (and there are some great moments), the story's best asset is its universality. We all have goals, dreams and ambitions. Watching Maria come to grips with hers helps us do the same.
  • Amhirishes
Yes, this book is hilarious, but it is also heartbreaking. Its depiction of a woman trying to make sense of life in a shallow and corrupt culture stretches way beyond the circles of show business and "so-called" high society. Give yourself a chance to appreciate this brutally honest social satire while laughing through your tears.
  • Rose Of Winds
I had read the reviews of this book and thought that it sounded like an edgier Bridget Jones. However, I was mistaken. The characters in this book never seem to be quite fully developed. The reader is left guessing and assuming what the characters are feeling. The plot is predictable, but worse than that it's boring. The so called humor is lacking, I only found a couple instances where I found the book funny, and one of them is already on the review page. I would suggest if you want to read a novel about a woman's journey through life with a bit of humor then check out Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. The stories are a bit similar but Good in Bed is actually good.
  • Sagda
Despite the somewhat simple-minded and misleading hype on the paperback cover, I found this novel unexpectedly witty and very poignant. It is both a sly satire on the left- & right-brained coasts of the entertainment industry, and a touching look at a woman gradually unraveling in the face of having her romantic (and maternal) hopes pulled apart nerve by nerve. It is also well-written and very funny -- which makes its sadness all the more affecting, when it comes.