Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
As a writer for late-night comedy show “The Night Owls”, Sally’s career is pretty much her life, and she’s okay with it. Between working long hours and catering to celebrity ego, there’s little time for romance, which Sally figures is fine, since she’s had her share of heartbreak. When musician Noah Brewster turns up to guest host the show, Sally proposes a sketch playing on relationships between high-powered women and basic dorky guys, noting that the reverse – an average woman and an ultra-famous man – rarely happens. Sparks fly as Noah and Sally work closely on the piece; yet Sally pulls away, certain that a star like Noah couldn’t possibly find a woman like her attractive. Fast forward a few years and the pair reconnects during COVID lockdown. It’s clear that Sally and Noah must get past misunderstandings and fears to find out what their relationship could become. Blending relatable characters and witty dialogue with a peek into the world of sketch comedy, Sittenfeld delivers a readable page-turner that’s light yet memorable. This one’s a winner for your summer beach bag.
Reviewed by Mary Kinser, collection development librarian, Whatcom County Library System
(Originally published in Bellingham Alive June/July 2023 issue.)