Charlie Savoy was once Hollywood’s hottest A-lister. Now, ten years later, the former ingenue is pushing forty, exiled from the film world and reluctantly back at the summer Shakespeare theater 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 in to attract theater donors, threatening to undo everything Charlie’s built. As the drama amps up both on the stage and behind the curtain, Charlie must put on the show of a lifetime to fight for the second chance she deserves in her career and in love.
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“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
“Aimee Agresti’s spectacular love story, The Summer Set, is a juicy and original page-turner. Agresti captivates with her razor-sharp writing, keen eye for detail and emotional depth of characters. Despite all the drama that goes down behind the curtain, the show must go on, and it does, with all the feels. Leading Lady Charlie Savoy at 39 (considered a “Grandma” in Acting Years) is actually (finally) having her coming-of-age moment, and Agresti as her director deserves a standing ovation.”
—Lisa Barr, author of The Unbreakables
“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