Chuckerman Makes a Movie

A Novel

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Pub Date 09 Oct 2018 | Archive Date 04 Oct 2018

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Description

"Love matters a little, but luck matters more."

The words of thirty-five-year-old David Melman's Jewish grandmother still haunt him. He's scared to settle down. Instead, he dates twenty-something pop stars that he meets through his celebrity-branding business. But when his niece and nephew inform him that he's hit "rock bottom" with his latest inappropriate relationship, David realizes that change might be in order-so when his sister Marcy, with her own ulterior motive, pushes him to take a film-writing class taught by her friend Laurel, he agrees.

Will writing a movie about a childhood visit to his grandparents in Florida, an unforgettable driving lesson, and a 1977 Cadillac bring David love? Luck? Or both?

Alternating between David's present-day life and his past through his movie script, Chuckerman Makes a Movie is a romantic comedy blended with a comedic coming-of-age.

"Love matters a little, but luck matters more."

The words of thirty-five-year-old David Melman's Jewish grandmother still haunt him. He's scared to settle down. Instead, he dates twenty-something...


Advance Praise

“Dickman’s debut novel is witty and observant throughout, and she packs her prose with sensory detail. A funny, romantic story.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Art imitates life in Chuckerman Makes a Movie, a laughter-inducing novel of nostalgia and self-discovery."
Foreword Reviews, 5 star review

"Chuckerman Makes a Movie is an endearing, comic novel full of love and family dysfunction. Its characters are so alive they might as well, for better or worse, be standing in your living room. By interweaving Chuckerman’s screenplay with his life, Francie Arenson Dickman cleverly blends the past with the present and coming-of-age with romantic comedy. The result is a truly original debut novel―a story that is multi-layered, multi-generational and downright hysterical. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never want to leave your front row seat as the delightful drama unfolds."
―Dylan Massin, television director and producer of NBC’s Parenthood

"Thoughtfully narrated and with a split-screen storyline, Chuckerman Makes A Movie is a unique coming of age tale told through the lens of a film-writing class. Quick-paced, witty, and well-executed, Francie Arenson Dickman’s debut novel weaves together a series of flawed and honest relationships, both past and present, with the kind of mastery one would expect from a seasoned best-selling author."
―Randi Olin and Lauren Apfel, executive editors of Motherwell Magazine

“Dickman’s debut novel is witty and observant throughout, and she packs her prose with sensory detail. A funny, romantic story.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Art imitates life in Chuckerman Makes a Movie, a...


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