My first novel, NOOKIETOWN, is in bookstores, airports, and on the interweb now. Read it on your thingy; take it on a trip. Tell your married friends, divorced friends, and your book club peeps. There was a bidding war over the TV rights, but you can get it this second by clicking one of the links on this page. P.S. Men love it, too.
You'll want to buy the book it because it's simultaneously funny, emotionally provocative, racy, and smart--much like yourself.
KIRKUS Review: "With vivid characters, quick dialogue, and over-the-top situations, Chickering's debut novel alternates between moments of true hilarity and deep introspection." (full review here)
@POPSUGARLove: Brenda Janowitz names it one of the "23 Books to Read This Winter," tweeting, "A smart, funny book with tons of sex..." (see list here)
LIBRARY JOURNAL Review: "Chickering holds nothing back in this debut that can only be described as a Fifty Shades of Grey* for the married and divorced set. She dives in with a plethora of graphic sex scenes, creating a blend of erotica with a strong dose of women's fiction. Sure to be a hit among women seeking a feisty, thrilling, and risqué read." (*author's note: except there's no BDS&M and it's funny)
Watch the NOOKIETOWN: Funny/Racy Book Tour launch event video.
Here's the story: Recently divorced, 40-something single-mom, Lucy, is lonely, a little antsy and craving physical connection. So, when her trusted long-time married friend, Nancy, begs Lucy to sleep with her husband to save her marriage, Lucy goes for it. It's such a success the two friends invent a town-wide underground barter system whereby Nancy's married girlfriends sub-contract Lucy's divorcee friends to sleep with their husbands, so they don't have to as often. It's a win, win, win--for a while. Then it all goes to hell in a hand-basket.
Laugh-out-loud funny, emotionally provocative and at times racy, NOOKIETOWN is a story of risk-taking, marriage, honesty, sex, friendship, divorce, and desire, and what one woman rationalizes in order to get what she wants.
NOOKIETOWN press? Why, yes!:
Fun V.C. Chickering interview with The Reading Frenzy. Check it out.
Fab V.C. Chickering interview with The Village Green. Great Q&A.
S'up. You found me.
V.C. Chickering is the author of NOOKIETOWN, an excellent parallel parker, and lousy cook. She also writes and sings clever ditties as well as funny/racy books.
V.C. Chickering has lived in New Jersey for most of her life, except for when she lived all over Manhattan, and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (when it was dirt cheap), also Boston, Paris, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and then back to New Jersey, so she wouldn’t have to pump her own gas. She wrote and directed plays in college at N.Y.U, then eventually spent ten years writing, directing and producing on-air promos for various television networks such as MTV, Comedy Central, Lifetime, and Oxygen. During this time she interviewed Judy Blume, Amy Poehler, and Joan Jett, among others, for BUST magazine. She also wrote two screenplays, articles for Cosmopolitan and The Washington Post magazines, and countless essays--a bunch of which ended up in a local newspaper column, "The Pith Monger," and the anthologies, The BUST Guide to The New Girl Order and A Girl's Guide to Taking Over the World.
There was that delightfully bizarre-o music video, “Friend is a Four Letter Word,” she produced for the band CAKE, and the hilarious play, Sex, Wieners and Boobs, V.C. produced for David Wain, Joe LoTruglio and Mike Showalter. There was also the gritty and fascinating feature film, The Soul of Wit, she co-produced/directed with Matt Walsh about the alternative comedy scene on Manhattan's Lower East Side in the late 1990s. The film stars Walsh, Leo Allen and the Upright Citizens Brigade (with Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser), and highlights over a hundred comics performing in the “Night of a Hundred Stars” show at Luna Lounge. The documentary includes interviews with UCB, Marc Maron, Tom Lennon, Joe LoTruglio, Michael Ian Black, David Wain, Artie Lang, Todd Barry, Janine Garofalo, Greg Fitzsimmons, and a gazillion others. Good stuff. Really funny.
Years later, V.C. decided to give novel writing a try while her kid was at summer camp. She read Chris Baty's No Plot, No Problem!, Stephen King’s On Writing, and Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird, then wrote 1,700 words a day from July 1st to the 31st. And didn't stop there. Four years and 11 drafts later, here we are. Around the same time, V.C. began trying her hand at writing music and lyrics and found that she liked that, too. She started a band, Tori Erstwhile & The Montys, who play an entertaining and unpredictable mix of original songs and genres (alt. bluegrass/indie-pop/jazz/random Latin)--often witty-as-hell, always charming. Click here for music videos, plus there's a Tori Erstwhile & The Montys FB page. The band also opened the NOOKIETOWN: Funny/Racy Book Tour launch event. You'll chuckle and tap your feet. Swear.
She continues to write catchy songs and sing with her band of incredibly talented musicians--all named Monty--(actually most are named Dave) while at work on her second novel for St. Martin's Press.
NOOKIETOWN was published by St. Martin’s Press on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016. Warner Bros. Television won the option in a friendly bidding war. V.C. has written a spec pilot based on the book. The rights have since reverted to the author.
WATCH the NOOKIETOWN: Funny/Racy Book Tour launch event video.
In a BOOK CLUB? This will be the book-club-bombshell of the season. Pre-order your copies then get in touch with me when you've all read it and I'll come visit your peeps if I can. You will have plenty to discuss, I assure you.
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(author photo credit: Kolette Kleber)