Jake has always told Francesca that he is a shallow person. Their marriage is falling apart and there doesn't seem to be any way to stop that. One of the reasons that she fell in love with Jake was because he was shallow and she knew that going in.
Francesca tries to find the inspiration needed, but finds herself unemployed and single. She advertises her services as a writer for hire and meets "Chicky" and her co-hort, "Show Biz". The people that live in the home with Chicky want Francesca to write her parents' story. They were a couple who performed in Vaudeville in the 1920's.
The book is at its best at this point. We are introduced to a whole bunch of very interesting and well written characters, such as Benny, Ellie, Joe and the people who surround the Vaudeville of that great era. The morals and chivalry of this period are also richly depicted. This is a very endearing story and you will love it until the end of the book.
The author has written a story-in-a-story and you are captivated the whole time. The characters are very well-fleshed out and you feel close to each and every one of them.