Let's not do that again A novel

Grant Ginder

Book - 2022

"Nancy Harrison is running for Senate, and she's going to win, goddamnit. Not that that's her slogan, although it could be. She's said all the right things. Passed all the right legislation. Chapped her lips kissing babies. There's just one problem: her grown children. Greta and Nick Harrison are adrift. Nick is floundering in his attempts to write a musical about the life of Joan Didion (called Hello to All That!). And then there's his little sister Greta. Smart, p...retty, and completely unmotivated, allowing her life to pass her by like the shoppers at the Apple store where she works. One morning the world wakes up not to Nancy making headlines, but her daughter, Greta. She's in Paris. With extremist protestors. Throwing a bottle of champagne through a beloved bistro's front window. In order to save her campaign, not to mention her daughter, Nancy and Nick must find Greta before it's too late. Smart, funny and tear-jerking, Let's Not Do That Again proves that, like democracy, family is a messy, fragile thing"--

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Subjects
Genres
Humorous fiction
Published
New York : Henry Holt and Company [2022]
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
336 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250243775
1250243777
Main Author
Grant Ginder (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Nancy Harrison is a seemingly unstoppable force in U.S. politics, unrelenting in her push for progressive policies and for a New York senate seat. Though her main opponent in the senate race poses a challenge, the biggest threat to her career lies closer to home with her daughter, Greta. The politician's daughter has become an international scandal when a video showing her smashing in a Parisian restaurant's window with a champagne bottle is leaked to the media. In order to save her campaign, Nancy sends her son, Nick, to fetch his sister in Paris and find motive and meaning in her destructive behavior. Nick told himself he was done working for his mother in order to focus on his needs, but he realizes that Greta could be in trouble that far outweighs the consequences for their mother's campaign. Let's Not Do That Again is a fast-paced saga chock-full of scandal, political savvy, and romance, sure to be enjoyed by fans of Casey McQuiston's Red, White, & Royal Blue (2020) and other contemporary political fiction. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Nancy Harrison has all her credentials lined up for a run for office, but her listless, lackluster children could be a stumbling block. Son Nick is stalled on the musical he's writing about Joan Didion, while daughter Greta whiles away her time as an Apple store salesclerk. Then Greta shows up on the news, leading a violent protest in Paris, and Nancy and Nick are on the next plane to control the damage to Greta, the family, and the campaign. From the author of The People We Hate at the Wedding, being readied for the big screen; with a 75,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Ginder (The People We Hate at the Wedding), a former congressional intern and speechwriter for White House chief of staff John Podesta, delivers an effervescent family drama about a man's attempts to salvage his mother's Senate run after a PR disaster. In Paris, Greta Harrison hurls a bottle through a restaurant window during a political protest. In Manhattan, Greta's congresswoman mother, Nancy, attempts to deflect the fallout of her daughter's headline-grabbing behavior as the story jeopardizes her Senate campaign. She's the kind of politician who spouts unapologetic lines like "America is disappointing... that's why we do what we do," and until Greta's stunt, that approach has worked. Nancy feverishly appeals to her perpetually single gay son Nick, urging him to put aside his work writing a Joan Didion musical to bring Greta home from Paris. The task is tougher than it looks, but in Ginder's hands, it yields devilish hilarity. Greta is under the spell of swarthy, seductive Xavier, a celebrity-seeking fascist troll, but he's no match for Nick and Nancy, who swoop in to settle some unfinished family business. Ginder dexterously describes the machinations of his caffeine-fueled lead and lights up the pages with bubbly, rapid-fire dialogue among such supporting characters as Nancy's assistant, Cate, and Xavier's other gal pal, Colette. Politics and blood loyalty can become a slippery slope, but here they're a perfect combination. This smart and seamless comedy is nonstop fun. Agent: Richard Pine, InkWell Management. (Apr.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Nancy Harrison is running for Senate, and she's going to win, goddamnit. Not that that's her slogan, although it could be. She's said all the right things. Passed all the right legislation. Chapped her lips kissing babies. There's just one problem: her grown children. Greta and Nick Harrison are adrift. Nick is floundering in his attempts to write a musical about the life of Joan Didion (called Hello to All That!). And then there's his little sister Greta. Smart, pretty, and completely unmotivated, allowing her life to pass her by like the shoppers at the Apple store where she works. One morning the world wakes up not to Nancy making headlines, but her daughter, Greta. She's in Paris. With extremist protestors. Throwing a bottle of champagne through a beloved bistro's front window. In order to save her campaign, not to mention her daughter, Nancy and Nick must find Greta before it's too late. Smart, funny and tear-jerking, Let's Not Do That Again proves that, like democracy, family is a messy, fragile thing"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When her daughter, Greta, makes headlines as an extremist protestor in Paris, Nancy Harrison, running for Senate, must find Greta to save her campaign before it’s too late. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Hilarious, suspenseful, and whip smart."—Cynthia D'Aprix SweeneyMeet the Harrisons!A mother running for Senate, a son running from his problems, and a daughter running straight into trouble...From Grant Ginder, the author of The People We Hate at the Wedding, comes a poignant, funny, and slyly beguiling novel which proves that, like democracy, family is a messy and fragile thing —perfect for fans of Veep’s biting humor, the family drama of Succession, and the joys of Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here.Nancy Harrison is running for Senate, and she’s going to win, goddamnit. Not that that’s her slogan, although it could be. She’s said all the right things. Passed all the right legislation. Chapped her lips kissing babies. There’s just one problem: her grown children.Greta and Nick Harrison are adrift. Nick is floundering in his attempts to write a musical about the life of Joan Didion (called Hello to All That!). And then there’s his little sister Greta. Smart, pretty, and completely unmotivated, allowing her life to pass her by like the shoppers at the Apple store where she works.One morning the world wakes up not to Nancy making headlines, but her daughter, Greta. She’s in Paris. With extremist protestors. Throwing a bottle of champagne through a beloved bistro’s front window. In order to save her campaign, not to mention her daughter, Nancy and Nick must find Greta before it’s too late.Smart, funny, and surprisingly tender, Let's Not Do That Again shows that family, like politics, can hurt like a mother.