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July 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Adena Halpern novel appeals to women of all ages, bridges generations **** 4 Stars

By Gabrielle Pantera

29 A Novel, 75-year-old grandmother Ellie gets to be 29 again, what’s the family to do?

29 A Novel, 75-year-old grandmother Ellie gets to be 29 again, what’s the family to do?

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 7/19/2010 – “It was important to me that I didn’t portray myself or my mother in this book,” says 29 A Novel author Adena Halpern. “I’m not 75, 55, or 25…like the main characters in the book. When playing out the relationships between these three women though, the issues brought up aren’t far from the relationship I have with my mother.’ 29 A Novel is the story of how a wish can change lives. Ellie Jerome just celebrated her 75th birthday and makes one wish: to be 29 for one day. Who knew wishes could come true? Ellie gets the chance to be 29 for a day with her 25-year-old granddaughter Lucy. Ellie’s daughter Barbara realizes something is wrong with her mom and searches the city for her and her daughter Lucy. Does Ellie  really want to live her whole live over or is she satisfied to have the one day?

“When I took a look at the books on the shelves, it occurred to me that there aren’t any fun books for women of all ages to enjoy,” says Halpern. “I thought how, amazing it would be if a grandmother could spend a day with her granddaughter at the same age. This book is about three generations of women, a grandmother, mother and granddaughter.”

“The thing that’s pleased me most is how many people have told me how much they relate to the characters,” says Halpern. “They feel like I went into their homes and observed their relationships between their mothers or grandmothers or granddaughters.  That’s been the greatest thing to hear.”

“I interviewed a lot of women in their 70s,” says Halpern. “It was important that I got their story right.  75-year-old women of today are not grannies who sit on their front porch in a rocking chair waiting for their children to drive up on Sundays. They haven’t given up on retaining their looks or living life to its fullest.”

“I don’t want to jinx it yet because the deal isn’t firmly in place, says Halpern” “ Ask me next month.”

Halpern found her agent about five years ago. At the time, Halpern was writing a clothing and shopping column in Marie Claire magazine called The Haute Life. “I had approached agents about turning it into a book, but they didn’t understand how the column could be a book since each essay was about 300 to 400 words,” says Halpern. “Finally, a friend of a friend who was a film agent submitted my work to Brian DeFiore. Brian totally believed in the idea, so much so that he sold it within a month. The column became my first book, Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown.”

Halpern’s agent is Brian DeFiore at DeFiore and Company. Halpern’s editor is Trish Todd at Touchstone/Fireside.

Adena Halpern lives in Los Angeles. She was born in  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She’s currently working on a new book, a love story, entitled Pinch Me.

29: A novel by Adena Halpern

Trade Paperback, 288 pages, Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (June 15, 2010),

Language: English, ISBN: 9781439171127


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