Kirthana Ramisetti - Advika and the Hollywood Wives (Ferry Building)

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Kirthana Ramisetti
in conversation with Devi S. Laskar 

Advika and the
Hollywood Wives

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sun., April 16th • 2:00pm PT

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From Kirthana Ramisetti, the author of Dava Shastri's Last Day comes Advika and the Hollywood Wives, a gripping tale of marriage, scandal, fame, and identity as a woman grapples with life as the new wife of a renowned Hollywood film producer—perfect for readers of Taylor Jenkins Reid.

At age 26, Advika Srinivasan considers herself a failed screenwriter. To pay the bills and keep her mind off of the recent death of her twin sister, she’s taken to bartending A-list events, including the 2015 Governors Ball, the official afterparty of the Oscars. There, in a cinematic dream come true, she meets the legendary Julian Zelding—a film producer as handsome as Paul Newman and ten times as powerful—fresh off his fifth best picture win. Despite their 41-year age difference, Advika falls helplessly under his spell, and their evening flirtation ignites into a whirlwind courtship and elopement. Advika is enthralled by Julian’s charm and luxurious lifestyle, but while Julian loves to talk about his famous friends and achievements, he smoothly changes the subject whenever his previous relationships come up. Then, a month into their marriage, Julian’s first wife—the famous actress Evie Lockhart—dies, and a tabloid reports a shocking stipulation in her will. A single film reel and $1,000,000 will be bequeathed to “Julian’s latest child bride” on one condition: Advika must divorce him first.

Shaken out of her love fog and still-simmering grief over the loss of her sister—and uneasy about Julian’s sudden, inexplicable urge to start a family—Advika decides to investigate him through the eyes and experiences of his exes. From reading his first wife’s biography, to listening to his second wife’s confessional albums, to watching his third wife’s Real Housewives-esque reality show, Advika starts to realize how little she knows about her husband. Realizing she rushed into the marriage for all the wrong reasons, Advika uses the info gleaned from the lives of her husband’s exes to concoct a plan to extricate herself from Julian once and for all.

Kirthana Ramisetti earned her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and has had her work published in the New York Times,The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly,The Atlantic and more. Her debut novel, Dava Shastri’s Last Day, was publishedin 2021. She lives with her husband in New York City. 


Devi S. Laskar is a poet, novelist, essayist, photographer, artist, former newspaper reporter and lifelong TarHeel. She is the author of award-winning The Atlas of Reds and Blues, which was named by The Washington Post as one of the 50 best books of 2019. Her second novel, Circa was published by Mariner Books last year and selected as the June 2022 Goop Book Club pick. Her third novel, Midnight, At The War will be published by Mariner in 2025. She holds degrees from Columbia University, University of Illinois and UNC-CH. A native of N.C., she now lives in California with her family. You can learn more at:






Kirthana Ramisetti photo courtesy of SubUrban Photography. Devis S. Laskar photo courtesy of the author.



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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 11th, 2023