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I'm Glad About You by Theresa Rebeck
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“Rebeck’s tale of two star-crossed Midwesterners passed my screen test with flying colors. . . . I found myself more invested in [Alison and Kyle] than I’ve been in any thwarted couple since Ross and Rachel dominated Thursday nights . . . People will be talking about this one. Remember, you heard it here first.” Elisabeth Egan, The New York Times Book Review

“This tale of thwarted former high school sweethearts is a pleasurable blur of inside dish, major erotic energy and refreshing realism about love and destiny.”People

“Bombshells, assemble: The Smash creator is once again training her shrewd spotlight on the inner workings of the entertainment industry, introducing a new can’t-help-but-cheer-for-her ingénue. . . . [A] smart, heartfelt tale about the price of our dreams—and whether they’re ultimately worth it.” —Entertainment Weekly

“The playwright and creator of NBC’s Smash takes inspiration from two characters in classic literature to tell the story of what happens when you find your true love too young. . . . Throughout the adventures and disappointments of their 20s, neither [Alison nor Kyle] can stop wondering what would have happened if they’d ended up together.” —Time

“Can small-town romance compete with big-ticket success? The award-winning playwright and creator of NBC’s Smash examines how love fits into the fame game.” –Cosmopolitan

Crazy, Stupid, Love meets Notting Hill. About an actress making it big and the complicated relationship she has with the guy she met as a teenager. You’ll read it in two days.” The Skimm

“How is this not a blockbuster? . . . [O]ne of the sharpest, funniest, swerviest novels of the year. . . . Rebeck masterfully moves the characters along cliché-free trajectories that actually resemble life itself.” –-New York Post

“[This] unputdownable novel pairs the competing fates of two former lovers . . . both defined by their inability to forget the other.” —

“Like Nick Hornby and David Nicholls, Rebeck possesses an effortless prose style that edifies as much as it entertains . . . Rebeck delivers some hilarious riffs on the venal nature of show business, even as she also imparts some hard truths on the need for compromise in relationships.” –Booklist 

“Theresa Rebeck’s smart, funny, deeply sympathetic, and astringently observant novel gets everything right—what we say and don’t say, how we see ourselves and how we want to be seen, the dream and the realities of love, the rewards that are offered and the sacrifices required from anyone who wants to lead an interesting and meaningful life: in the theater, in the city, in the world.” —Francine Prose

“Rebeck’s comedic and heartbreaking love story, I’m Glad About You, is anything but predictable. From Hollywood red carpets to Midwestern mansions, Rebeck takes us on a wild ride through the lives of two high-school sweethearts who just can’t seem to get it right . . . a refreshingly honest character study that explores how flawed people attempt to build a love that thrives in a messy, complicated world.” —BookPage

“Rebeck’s sharply funny I’m Glad About You is a cautionary tale – choose your dreams with your eyes open.” —Vanity Fair

 “A rare honest story about love, ambition, and compromise. . . . The snappy dialogue and plot you’d expect from a veteran dramatist plus the rich exploration of character that novels are made for.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Nobody writes more fiercely and honestly about show business than Theresa Rebeck. Allison, the heroine of this novel, discovers that answered prayers can be as frustrating as unanswered ones. Her journey made me laugh and cry.”–Erica Jong, New York Times bestselling author of Fear of Flying 

“Rebeck gives us those ‘summer night’ feels . . . A story about a young couple who fall for each other in the most unpredictable way and somehow find their way back to one another again. Why you should read it: It’s a classic Danny meets Sandy story, with a modern spin.” —, “5 Must-Read Books If You Loved Grease: Live

“With searing insights about the world of show business from industry insider Theresa Rebeck, this book is about relationships, and what we do in order to make our dreams come true.” —PopSugar 

“Rebeck . . . puts her showbiz expertise to good use, following a young actress in NYC. While Alison’s future looks bright, she can’t shake the memory of an old flame.” —Us Weekly

“As we follow Alison’s rise, it’s clear we’re in Rebeck’s wheelhouse; the Cincinnati-born playwright and novelist is good at pulling back the curtain on the entertainment industry… [In the end] the path Rebeck has laid for these conflicted characters feels all too real.” —Cincinnati Magazine

“A story about two high school kids, Alison and Kyle, who fall in love but go their separate ways, Alison to be an actress and Kyle to become a doctor. Find out what happens (that’s far from the end of the story) in this novel by Theresa Rebeck.” —

“It’s easy to dismiss this type of relationship-based book as fluffy chick lit. In this case, it would be inaccurate… [Kyle and Alison] illustrate an important lesson: Go ahead and follow your dreams, but pause now and then to make sure those dreams are worth chasing.” –Roanoke Times

“Stars: They’re just like us! . . . Theresa Rebeck delivers an impressive novel about deciding what you want from your career, relationships, and life.” —Bookish

“At times funny, at others sad, we loved the tenderhearted characters and relatable storyline that almost begs you to take a second look at the choices of your past before landing on an ending that is heartbreaking in its honesty.” –

“This novel is wise. And funny. And brave. Rebeck skewers her targets with fierce wit and impeccable timing. But her dry-eyed empathy for those who follow brittle dreams is what resonates. Haunted by the ideals they’ve abandoned, her characters are dogged, often courageous, and thoroughly human.”–Rachel Urquhart, author of The Visionist 

“Witty, layered, and often profound . . . an exploration of the sometimes hilarious, other times disastrous, repercussions of unconsummated young love. –Buffalo News

“From the perils of celebrity culture to the heartbreak of a broken dream, the novel follows two mismatched souls as they search for the lives they were meant to live.” –Notre Dame Magazine

“This book went way beyond a fun, bright cover. It was emotional, funny and dramatic all in one. I loved the take on the three phases in their lives as it was interesting to see their characters develop, clearly something that Rebeck is a master at. I’m Glad About You is a perfect spring read; charming and breezy.” Bliss, Beauty, and Books blog

“[A] breezy, eye-opening behind-the-scenes exposé of what it means to be a star in today’s fast-paced, media-blitzing celebrity world. [Rebeck] entertainingly gets her message across that celebrity is not as fabulous as it looks and that people who follow their dreams need to stay true to themselves to find true happiness.” –Publishers Weekly

Author Q&A

1. You’ve had successful careers in both theater and television. What made you decide to write novels? 
My first love was fiction. When I was six years old and running around saying I wanted to be a writer, I wanted to write these little books about frogs, I didn’t want to write plays. And then things changed as I got a little older. I was acting a lot and writing short stories in high school and I just sort of drifted into playwriting. I think I was sixteen when I wrote my first play, but I was six when I wrote my first novel—which was maybe fifteen words long. I actually have a PhD in Victorian literature, and my area was fiction, so when I was coming of age, being someone who thinks about writing all the time, it was in the company of Dickens, the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky. So I was surprised that I started writing plays. I’m still surprised I write plays. But I was so humbled by the novel that my courage failed me. Until…it didn’t.
2. How is writing a novel different from writing a play, or writing a television show? Is there one form you feel most natural working with?
The obvious difference is that in fiction, there is a narrative voice that is central to the storytelling. And in dramatic writing, the narrative voice steps behind the characters. But in fiction, the narrative voice is, if anything, the most important character. Some days I feel like theater is the most natural form for me, but then other days I feel like it’s fiction or nothing. Television is a hard form because there are so many people involved, so much politics that you have to negotiate, and it’s hard as a writer to feel like you’re constantly talking to people and having to deliver what they want even when they don’t know what they want. It goes on and on. One of the things I really love about fiction writing is how it fulfills itself without a lot of people outside of the ones who are within the writing.
I’ve always been extremely curious about different kinds of writing. I’m not the only person this has happened to. Oscar Wilde used to hop genres. Michael Freen hops genres. Shaw, who is a huge influence on everything I write, was a mighty essayist and critic, along with one of the greatest playwrights. There are more of us out there than you think.
3. I’m Glad About You highlights the differences between life in New York City and life in suburban Ohio. Why did you write about these two places?
All of my adult life, I’ve literally bounced back and forth between those two places. Like my heroine, I grew up in Cincinnati and then landed in New York. It’s been peculiar to discover how neither identity takes over. I feel very much a child of the Midwest as well as a New Yorker. But I think that America doesn’t know how to talk to itself. And so even though I’ve only ever been a citizen of America, I feel like a creation of two different countries—the Midwest and the Northeast.
4. What inspired you to write I’m Glad About You? Alison and Kyle both feel so real. Is there a true story behind these two characters?
There were true details behind the novel. But the characters are their own selves.
5. How did the title of the novel come about? What is its significance?
A friend of mine told me about trying to learn Navajo. She had a book called Navajo Made Easier. And she discovered this fact in her studies that the Navajo don’t believe in possession the same way that people in Western cultures do. She explained to me this beautiful fact about their concept of love: that the word “love” has the connotation of possession in it, and so the closest word in Navajo that expresses their idea of love sort of literally translates to, “I’m glad about you.”
Because of the cross purposes that appear in the relationship between Kyle and Alison, it felt to me like they could either destroy each other or release into this broader idea. I don’t want to say “broader idea of the love,” because the word “love” is the problem. Their hearts need to open around who they are to each other.
6. While I’m Glad About You is a fun and fast-paced novel, it also tackles some serious issues, including Hollywood’s expectations of beauty, what it’s like to be a woman in the film industry, and what it means to be a modern-day Catholic. What drew you to these topics?
Well, I’ve done a lot of work in film and television, and I’m always astonished by the bizarre assumptions that go unexamined and unchecked in Hollywood. But you can say the same thing about Catholicism. I grew up Catholic, and I remain astonished around the bizarre assumptions that go unexamined and unchecked. So it’s not like anything drew me to this material, it’s just the sea that I swim in.
7. You’ve spent a lot of time working in television and Hollywood. Can you tell us a bit about working in these industries as a woman? What has your experience been like?
Let me just reiterate, it’s so much fun to tell stories on film. Sets are fantastic. Weird and exciting. You feel really alive when you actually get to do it. Being in an editing room is an amazing experience. And you get to work with a lot of other artists who are obsessed in the best way. At the work level, it’s profoundly satisfying. And the crews are, by and large, terrific. There are a lot of guys on a crew who are really macho dudes but they’re terrific, both flirty and kind, extremely respectful of everyone involved—because there’s so much work to be done and everybody has to work as a team. Having said that, it’s always felt to me that where things really go awry is in the power structure. There’s a whole different culture that is involved in a level of cronyism that is actively toxic, hostile to women. Assuming a very narrow idea of how women should behave and be perceived. It sort of feels upside-down. You’d assume that all those guys on the set would be old school about their ideas about women. And maybe they are, in private. But in the workplace, if you can hold your own, that’s all anybody cares about. There’s more of a cultural issue in the offices.
8. You write from both the female and male perspective in the novel. Was there one voice that was harder to capture than another? Do you have a favorite character in the novel?
No, I like everybody.
9. Without giving anything away, could you speak a bit about the ending? Did you know where the story would go when you began writing?
I did know where the story was going, however, it went lots of other places. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted, and that was derailed about ten times. And then at an important moment, my agent said to me, You have to make sure this is the novel you wanted to write. So I went back to my original concept and found that all the work I’d done supported the idea I had from the beginning.
10. What is next for you? Any more books in the works?
I have an idea that I’d like to write a saga. And that’s starting to take up a lot of room in my head, as, of course, it would.

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