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Best Enemies [Hardcover]

Rachael F. Heller
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From Publishers Weekly

Amy Sherman is pretty; Tara Messer is a beauty. Amy has a nice Manhattan apartment; Tara's suburban Tudor castle boasts an actual turret. Amy was engaged to Stuart Lasher, who took maid of honor Tara to bed and then to the altar. Now Tara has chronicled her perfect lifestyle in a book called Simply Beautiful, about to be published by Lowry and Trammell-where her editor plans to make her "the next Martha Stewart, without the baggage" and where Amy is publicity director. Can you spell delicious conflict? Heller (Lucky Stars) goes for the laughs and gets them, but there's more here than meets the funny bone. Just when the reader is ready to kill the perfidious Tara (perhaps by beating her to death with accessories and garnishes), Heller switches out of Amy's point of view and into Tara's. It turns out Tara's a real person, too. And she's in trouble. It seems she did Amy a favor by stealing Stuart, who grabs every passing ass and may bring down the family business with a fake caviar scheme. And it isn't Tara who's pregnant with Stuart's baby. Meanwhile, in another switcheroo, Amy's got a great romance budding with Tony Stiles, the gorgeous mystery author. Of course, they're only pretending to pretend to be in love-Amy to save face (she told Tara she was engaged) and Tony to research relationships-and things are going swimmingly. Though the happy ending is a sure thing, getting there is fabulous fun. Heller makes a familiar story read as brand new, thanks to a rich humanity abetted by smart dialogue, zippy pacing and all-around craft.
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From Booklist

Heller writes fast-moving, witty, often best-selling novels about contemporary women and their combative but loving relationships. In her latest, Amy Sherman and Tara Messer, lifelong best friends, are now all grown up and living in New York City. There has always been some friction in their relationship because Amy feels overshadowed by the extravagantly beautiful and elegant Tara (a lifestyle guru). When Amy catches her fiance, Stuart, in a passionate embrace with Tara two weeks before the wedding, she cuts both of them out of her life. The two eventually marry each other, while Amy focuses on her demanding job as publicity director for a major publisher. Four years later, Amy and Tara are thrown together when Amy is assigned to promote Tara's new book. The two women weave a web of deception, with Tara pretending her life is perfect (even though Stuart is a serial womanizer) while Amy invents a rich, handsome boyfriend, whom she then has to produce. Heller's fans will be waiting to get their hands on this highly entertaining read. Kathleen Hughes
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Review

"Superb...a terrific character study." -Midwest Book Review

"Funny, clear-eyed look at female friendship." -Kirkus Reviews

"Delicious conflict. Heller goes for the laughs and gets them...fabulous fun. Heller makes a familiar story read as brand-new, thanks to a rich humanity abetted by smart dialogue, zippy pacing, and all-around craft."--Publishers Weekly

"Offbeat and funny look at love and relationships. Nobody can take situations and turn them on their ear quite like Heller-and the results are always a riot!" -Romantic Times Top Pick
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Book Description

New York Times bestselling author Jane Heller focuses her sly wit on female bonding in this hilarious story that proves there are two sides to every friendship. . . .

Jane Heller is:
"Wildly inventive!" ---People
"Fresh . . . Spirited!" ---Publishers Weekly

Amy Sherman is doing just fine---she has a nice apartment in Manhattan, a good job as publicity director at a publishing company, and a decent social life---until she runs into Tara Messer, the beautiful blond prom queen who was once her best friend. It's been four years since Tara stole Amy's fiancé---four years since Amy swore she'd stop playing second fiddle to spotlight-hog Tara. Amy thought she had finally made peace with herself, but when Tara asks whether she's dating anyone, Amy can't bear to admit there's no man in her life. Instead, she claims she's getting married in six months, figuring she'll never see Tara again, so the lie won't come back to haunt her.

Wrong. The next day, Amy learns that her publishing house has just acquired a lifestyle book called Simply Beautiful by none other than Tara---and that Amy's job will be to make it a bestseller. Now she'll not only have to promote her nemesis to the media, she'll also have to dig up a temporary Mr. Right. When she enlists a commitment-phobic mystery writer as the pawn in her game of payback, she stumbles on the surprising truth about Tara's "lifestyle"---and her own fears about falling in love. What follows is a laugh-out-loud story of betrayal, reconciliation, romance, and the unbreakable bonds of friendship. Told from both Amy's and Tara's points of view, Best Enemies is a thoroughly entertaining tale about trying to keep up appearances, even with the person who knows you best.

From the Back Cover

Advance Praise for Best Enemies:

"Delicious conflict. Heller goes for the laughs and gets them. . . . Fabulous fun. Heller makes a familiar story read as brand-new, thanks to a rich humanity abetted by smart dialogue, zippy pacing, and all-around craft."
---Publishers Weekly

Praise for Jane Heller and Lucky Stars:

"Wildly inventive . . . Heller's prose is quite funny and always engaging. . . . Stars shines."
---People

"Fresh language, with singular energy . . . Spirited, effortless entertainment."
---Publishers Weekly

"A first-class dramatic comedy . . . Jane Heller is a talented writer."
---Midwest Book Review

"Jane Heller's winning novel is one no grown-up daughter should miss."
---Woman's Own

"Funny, fast-moving."
---The Boston Globe

About the Author

Jane Heller promoted dozens of bestselling authors before becoming one herself. She is the author of ten previous novels, including The Secret Ingredient and Lucky Stars. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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