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The real drama happens offstage in this juicy novel about a former A-list actress who must spend the summer at the idyllic theater where she got her start. But with a first love and celebrity rivals present, will this be the second chance she imagined or her last act?
Charlie Savoy was once Hollywood’s hottest A-lister. Now, ten years later, she's pushing forty, exiled from the film world and back at the summer Shakespeare theater in the Berkshires that launched her career—and where her old flame, Nick, is the artistic director.
It’s not exactly her first choice. But as parts are cast and rehearsals begin, Charlie is surprised to find herself getting her groove back, bonding with celebrity actors, forging unexpected new friendships and even reigniting her spark with Nick, who still seems to bring out the best in her despite their complicated history.
Until Charlie’s old rival, Hollywood’s current It Girl, is brought on set, threatening to undo everything she’s built. As the drama amps up both on the stage and behind the curtains, Charlie must put on the show of a lifetime to fight for the second chance she deserves in career and in love.
With an unforgettable cast of characters and undeniable charm, Aimee Agresti's The Summer Set is about first loves, second chances, and third acts.
Advance Praise for The Summer Set
“With the drama and humor of a Shakespearean play, Agresti's novel is filled with backstage antics, on-stage tantrums, behind-the-scenes scandals, and off-stage romance, all in the crazy, fast-paced world of summer stock theater. Sparks fly and opposites attract as The Summer Set explores the blurred line between playing a part and being true to yourself.” —Amy Poeppel, author of Small Admissions
“A page-turner set in the intoxicating theater world, The Summer Set considers the price of fame, the power of second chances and the enduring nature of love. Agresti has drawn characters that feel unique and original, but still familiar enough that we can relate to their struggles. A truly enjoyable read!” —Elyssa Friedland, author of The Floating Feldmans
Praise for Campaign Widows
“D.C.’s juiciest politics might not be in the White House. Aimee Agresti’s irresistible novel Campaign Widows proves it.” —Cosmopolitan
“Aimee Agresti’s whip-smart novel is a political page-turner.” —Us Weekly
“Campaign Widows makes politics fun again…. The novel’s sharp pace, witty turn of phrase, and nonintrusive social commentary draw the reader into the glittery world of Washington during campaign season.” —Entertainment Weekly
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“Campaign Widows is big drama in an ultra-fun package, made all the more thrilling by Agresti’s insider knowledge.” —BookPage