The Decent Proposal

The Decent Proposal

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach is struggling and broke but still believes good things will come his way. Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm, and has grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. Their paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor. They'll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together-- just talking-- every week for a year. Richard needs the money; Elizabeth embraces the challenge of shaking up her life. Why not?
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062391629
Branch Call Number: Fic Dono
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 22, 2018

A pretty cliche story with a couple surprising moments of moving writing... but they're few and far between. It's fine, if you need a quick'll forget about it a week later.

Michael Colford Jun 22, 2017

Quick, fun read, Kemper Donovan pairs an impossibly, good-looking, Peter Pan of a man trying to make his mark at a Hollywood film producer, and a tightly-wound, Latina lawyer in an unlikely pairing orchestrated by a mysterious benefactor. For half a million dollars, Richard and Elizabeth are expected to meet and converse for one hour a week for an entire year. Never having met, the two couldn't be more perplexed, with Richard excited about the possibility of the half million dollars, and Elizabeth horrified by the prospect of having someone pull her puppet strings like this.

But the inevitable happens, and they two start their bumpy relationship, trying to negotiate their year-long agreement. As I mentioned above, it's a fun read, great summer, beach-fare, but not something that will change your life. Sucker that I am, I must admit I got a little choked up at one point near the end.

May 01, 2017

Not my favorite, but a solid first 'summer read' for 2017. A little bit floaty and dreamy, with a healthy dose of laughter and some very likeable characters, along with an interesting mystery that resolves well. All in all a satisfying read and a fun one, although the writing style wasn't quite my taste. Definitely recommended for those who like California-esque, fun, airy novels or those looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary.


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