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  • Franny Steinberg knows there's powerful magic in laughter.
  • Author(s): Eden Robins
  • 400 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Women

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"Franny Steinberg knows there's powerful magic in laughter. She's witnessed it. With the men of Chicago off fighting WWII on distant shores, Franny has watched the women of the city taking charge of the war effort. But amidst the war bond sales and factory shifts, something surprising has emerged, something Franny could never have expected. A new marvel that has women flocking to comedy clubs across the nation: the Showstopper. When Franny steps into Chicago's Blue Moon comedy club, she realizes the power of a Showstopper-that specific magic sparked when an audience laughs so hard, they are momentarily transformed. And while each comedian's Showstopper is different, they all have one thing in common: they only work on women. After a traumatic flashback propels her onstage in a torn bridesmaid dress, Franny discovers her own Showstopper is something new. And suddenly she has the power to change everything...for herself, for her audience, and for the people who may need it most"--



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Franny Steinberg knows there's powerful magic in laughter. She's witnessed it. With the men of Chicago off fighting WWII on distant shores, Franny has watched the women of the city taking charge of the war effort. But amidst the war bond sales and factory shifts, something surprising has emerged, something Franny could never have expected. A new marvel that has women flocking to comedy clubs across the nation: the Showstopper.

When Franny steps into Chicago's Blue Moon comedy club, she realizes the power of a Showstopper--that specific magic sparked when an audience laughs so hard, they are momentarily transformed. And while each comedian's Showstopper is different, they all have one thing in common: they only work on women.

After a traumatic flashback propels her onstage in a torn bridesmaid dress, Franny discovers her own Showstopper is something new. And suddenly she has the power to change everything...for herself, for her audience, and for the people who may need it most.



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"When Franny Stands Up is a goddamn delight, a can't-put-it-down page-turner about a girl who has the audacity to tell the truth about her own life at a time in our history when it wasn't acceptable, or appropriate, or even safe to do so. But she does it. Against all odds - class, race, faith, gender, and family - she gets on a microphone and stands the hell up. We should all be so brave." -- Megan Stielstra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life

"When Franny Stands Up is a riot of a book. Its characters burst with life and wit, even as they bristle against the hard edges of their world. Wielding humor and unabashed heart to steer us through a tale of what it means to find real family, and what it means to heal, Robins navigates by every true comic's North Star: comedy comes from pain. She is a gifted storyteller." -- Rob Ziegler, author of Seed

"A brilliant book on so many levels. Smart, funny, painful, compelling. Highly recommended." -- award-winning author C.C. Finlay

"A debut novel that's fresh and contemporary while feeling like an old favorite. An instant classic. Funny, unsentimental, brave and silly without being unserious. What a book!" -- Cory Doctorow, author of Walkaway and Radicalized

"A powerhouse of a novel...This is a book about comedy and trauma and family. It is funny and heartbreaking on every other page...Eden Robins is a helluva powerful writer. This book is a Showstopper." -- Mary Robinette Kowal, Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author

"Robins overlays her convincing illustration of mid-century social repression of women with a stirring portrayal of Franny, who succeeds because of her willingness to speak frankly about taboo subjects...Readers will fall in love with this one." -- Publishers Weekly

"Robins's debut is a sharply funny, heartwarming story with strong female characters, exploring religious, racial, and gender identity. " -- Booklist

"Smart and wickedly funny, When Franny Stands Up is a timely and timeless story that will whisk the reader away on a joy roaring ride through Mid-century Chicago. Franny is walking sass in heels who spits hard truths during an age when women were expected to stay silent. Robins's debut novel deserves a standing ovation!" -- Wesley Chu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The War Arts Saga

"This novel is freaking magic in every way, and it pulls off just about every kind of magic trick you can imagine: it's all about the magic of stand-up and the magic of mid-20th-century Chicago and the magic of friendship and community and family. It's also about magic magic. I adore Franny and am so happy I got to follow her extraordinary adventures and misadventures, and I'm sure you will too." -- Juan Martinez, author of Best Worst American

"With complex, relatable characters, this novel is so much more than one particular genre...a useful addition to any library's LGBTQ collection." -- Library Journal

One of All About Romance's top books of 2022!



One of Chicago Reader's top ten Chicago books of 2022!


Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .79 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Women
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Format: Paperback
Author: Eden Robins
Language: English
Street Date: November 1, 2022
TCIN: 86665342
UPC: 9781728256009
Item Number (DPCI): 247-38-8283
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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A Unique & Interesting Novel

4 out of 5 stars
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Britany - 1 year ago
When Franny Stands Up by Eden Robins was a really fasinating, captivating, & unique novel, that had me drawn into it right from the very beginning! Set in 1950's in Chicago, a story of a young Jewish woman named Franny Steinberg. Franny lives with her parents and older brother Leon, in the Suburbs of Chicago. There's some similarities to marvelous Mrs. Maisel and perfect for her fans, made me laugh at times, but wasn't all about humor. It's inspirational, emotional, and includes tramatic events. Franny, who is burdened by daily life, was worried about her older brother Leon, who goes missing but then is found, he recently returned home from WWll and is now suffering from PTSD. Franny had a desire to tell unlady like jokes at a nightclub and uses standup comedy to help cope with her traumatic life and make it more bearable. The Showstopper is something unique and magical that only women comedians can feel and create. When Franny finally discovers hers, she is shoked. I had some mixed emotions about this novel with the events that took place, including racism, PTSD, antisemitism, and parts that were all over the place. I would recommend this novel if you enjoy 1950's Historical Fiction, Magical Realism, Found Family Themes, and Jewish Representation. I was thankful to had received an advanced digital copy from Eden Robins and Sourcebooks through the Early Reads program.
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