New & notable: ‘The Actress’

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The Actress

by Amy Sohn

Simon & Schuster, $26

Audiobook: Dreamscape Media, $59.99; narrated by actress Ann Marie Lee.

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Bestselling author Amy Sohn (2012’s Motherland) taps into the mother lode of celebrity culture for her latest, The Actress, that just begs to go to the beach, where the reader can try to figure out who these characters’ real-life counterparts might be.

The buzzy, 352-page novel follows the career path of talented young actress Maddy Freed, whose role in an indie film earns her a prize at a film festival (Sundance?) and the attention of a talent manager to the stars, including Hollywood heartthrob, leading man and ladies’ man Steven Weller.

Steven woos Maddy for a role in his next movie — and puts the ambitious actress on the fast track to the A-list. There’s a whirlwind courtship and a fairytale wedding. And Maddy and Steven take their place as Hollywood’s current it couple (TomKat?). But their marriage is dogged by “Is he or isn’t he?” whispers that Steven is gay.

Those rumors can’t be true — can they? Well, it’s complicated.

Could Maddy’s made-in-Hollywood marriage require her to play the role of a lifetime?

— Celeste Williams

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