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Last Night at Chateau Marmont

Last Night at Chateau Marmont

A Novel

  • reading group guide
  • bestseller
Brooke loved reading the dishy celebrity gossip rag Last Night. That is, until her marriage became a weekly headline.

Brooke was drawn to the soulful, enigmatic Julian Alter the very first time she heard him perform “Hallelujah” at a dark East Village dive bar.

Now five years married, Brooke balances two jobs—as a nutritionist at NYU Hospital and as a consultant to an Upper East Side girls’ school, where privilege gone wrong and disordered eating run rampant—in order to help support her husband’s dream of making it in the music world.

Things are looking up when after years of playing Manhattan clubs and toiling as an A&R intern, Julian finally gets signed by Sony. Although no one’s promising that the album will ever hit the airwaves, Julian is still dedicated to logging in long hours at the recording studio. All that changes after Julian is asked to perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno—and is catapulted to stardom, literally overnight. Amazing opportunities begin popping up almost daily—a new designer wardrobe, a tour with Maroon 5, even a Grammy performance.

At first the newfound fame is fun—who wouldn’t want to stay at the Chateau Marmont or visit the set of one of television’s hottest shows? Yet it seems that Brooke’s sweet husband—the man who can’t handle hot showers and wears socks to bed—is increasingly absent, even on those rare nights they’re home together. When rumors about Brooke and Julian swirl in the tabloid magazines, she begins to question the truth of her marriage and is forced to finally come to terms with what she thinks she wants—and what she actually needs.
  • Washington Square Press | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451611755 | 
  • June 2011
List Price $15.00
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WHEN the subway finally screeched into the Franklin Street station, Brooke was nearly sick with anxiety. She checked her watch for the tenth time in as many minutes and tried to remind herself that it wasn’t the end of the world; her best friend, Nola, would forgive her, had to forgive her, even if she was inexcusably late. She made her way through the rush-hour throngs of commuters toward the door, instinctively holding her breath in the midst of so many bodies, and allowed herself to be pushed toward the stairwell. On autopilot now, Brooke and her fellow riders each pulled their cell phones from their... see more

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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.

Introduction

The very first time Brooke spotted the scruffy, soulful Julian Altar perform “Hallelujah” at a crowded bar in Manhattan’s East Village, she knew those full-body chills she was feeling meant two things: this guy was destined to be a star, and she desperately wanted to see him again. Five years later, Brooke and Julian are happily married, and Brooke is working two jobs as a nutritionist to support her husband as he plugs away on his first album and dreams of hitting it big. But when an appearance on the Tonight Show propels Julian to overnight stardom, Brooke soon discovers that fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With her husband increasingly absent, the tabloids speculating endlessly about their relationship, and her self esteem in shambles (she’s no supermodel, after all), Brooke must decide if she and Julian can reclaim the happy, honest relationship they once had – or if her days with the music scene’s new “It Boy” are numbered.

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About the Author

Lauren Weisberger
Photograph © Mike Cohen Photography

Lauren Weisberger

Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Weisberger’s three other novels, Everyone Worth Knowing, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, and Chasing Harry Winston were all New York Times bestsellers. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Visit LaurenWeisberger.com.

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