Book Review: When Franny Stands Up

In her raucous debut novel, Eden Robins takes us back to the Chicago comedy scene of the early ’50s, where women work magic through a microphone.

When Franny Stands Up
by Eden Robins
400 pp.
Sourcebooks Landmark
November 1, 2022

In a stylized illustration, we see a brown-haired woman in a blue dress from behind as she approaches a spotlit old-fashioned microphone before an audience of dim silhouetted men.
Detail from When Franny Stands Up book cover, by Vi-An Nguyen (Sourcebooks Landmark)

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Writer, poet and puzzle maker. Hugo and Nebula Award finalist. Author of The Accidental Terrorist: Confessions of a Reluctant Missionary. He/him/Bill.