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"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

"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

"A showstopper of a novel, it is the story of a misunderstood comedian learning to embrace her identity in a world determined to hold her back. When Franny Stands Up is touching, funny, and smart as hell. You'll be standing up and cheering for Franny!" ― Ann Dávila Cardinal, author of The Storyteller's Death

"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

"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