These days, I get a little weirded out whenever I wander through one of those big national chain bookstores, not because I have issues with the stores themselves, but because it feels like their shelves are clogged with shoddily-written biographies of yours truly.
Her high school years were defined by boring advanced placement classes and unrequited love, but now singer and self-professed nerdy chick Naomi Braver is a rock ‘n’ roll goddess. Just ask Rolling Stone, who wrote, “If Liz Phair married Sheryl Crow, and they had a child that was midwifed by Ani DiFranco, and babysat by Tori Amos, it’d probably be Naomi.” Not bad for a born and bred Brooklyn girl who used to have trouble getting any boys to kiss her.
Before they became stars, Naomi and her oldest and dearest friend, the sexy, charismatic pianist Jenn Bradford, performed to small but adoring audiences at a tiny Manhattan cafe. But Jenn wanted to take the band to the next level, so she turned their intrepid duo into a well-oiled four-piece machine, welcoming aboard her bass-playing, film-loving brother Travis and drummer extraordinaire Frank Craft. Naomi, Jenn, Travis, and Frank are soon discovered by music biz heavyweight Mitch Busey, and the band, thanks to their smash hit “And Then,” immediately begins a dizzying, life-altering ascension to the top of the charts.
But will international acclaim be enough for Naomi? Will the adoration of the revered and unbelievably attractive producer Simon (no last name, just “Simon”) make her happy? Will she survive her makeover at the hands of her record label? Can she stay grounded while kissable boys throw themselves at her Manolo-clad feet?
Alan Goldsher has delivered an authentic, compelling,hilarious novel peppered with insider insights about the enigmatic entertainment industry. A comedic and romantic roller coaster ride, The True Naomi Story is the story of a passionate, prodigiously talented young woman and her brave effort to balance newfound success with lifelong friendship and unexpected love.