A Tale of a Modern Man in a Modern Marriage

Alex Sherman-Zicklin is a midlevel marketing executive in L.A. whose wife Figgy’s fourteenth TV pilot attempt becomes a huge Emmy-winning hit. Overnight, she’s sucked into a mad show-business vortex, and Alex quits his job to become the family’s domestic first responder. He falls in with a posse of plus ones, men who are married to women whose recognition, income, and fame far eclipse their own.

This wickedly honest comedy, now in paperback, follows Alex as he struggles to regain his mojo while remaining a loving and responsible husband and father. Plus One is a hilarious story about modern family life and the fast-changing roles of parents and partners, told from the perspective of one wonderfully quirky family that hits the Hollywood jackpot.

Attention book clubs! Download a Readers’ Group Guide here.

Listen to Christopher’ hilarious interview on the Tablet podcast . “My favorite book of the last six months… Rang entirely true” — Host Mark Oppenheimer.

Read Christopher Noxon’s piece in The Huffington Post about being a Stay-at-Home dad and a Plus One.

Read Christopher Noxon’s piece in The Atlantic about being the Plus One at his wife Jenji Kohan’s first Emmy awards.

Listen to Christopher chatting with Alex Cohen on KPCC/NPR’s show Take Two.

Listen to Madeleine Brand’s interview of Christopher on her KCRW/NPR show Press Play.

Here’s Christopher on the popular Adam Carolla Show.

ChristopherNoxonSmallChristopher Noxon is an accomplished journalist who has written for such publications as The New Yorker, Details, Los Angeles Magazine, Salon, and The New York Times Magazine. His first book, Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up (Crown), earned him interviews on such shows as The Colbert Report and Good Morning America and generated features in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Talk of the Nation; Ira Glass of This American Life called the book “an eye-opener.”

Noxon happens to be married to a top TV writer/producer and does the school chauffeuring for their three children, so he knows whereof he speaks regarding Plus Ones. He lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about Christopher at christophernoxon.com.

Everyone Loves Plus One!

“Noxon reveals the inner workings of that [Plus One] role with wit, warmth and candor.”
New York Times Sunday Book Review

“There are so many hilarious moments that I have the urge to sit here and ask you, ‘So, did this really happen?’ ”
Los Angeles Times

“In his funny debut novel, Alex Sherman-Zicklin is a marketing exec-turned stay-at-home-dad — his wife, Figgy, see’s her 14th TV pilot, Tricks (about a suburban housewife running a prostitution ring out of a scrapbook shop), turn into an Emmy-winner.”
New York Post, “This Week’s Must-Read Books”

“For fans of Rainbow Rowell and similar keenly insightful truth tellers, this fresh male take on modern relationships is too smart, focused, and funny to pass up.”
Library Journal

“A brisk romp that’s sometimes laugh-out-loud funny as it deals with the serious issues of roles and communication in marriage. And just picture this on the big screen, with Jason Bateman as the lead.”

“{It} reads like a series of intimate conversations about the inner workings of family units… There are so many universal, recurring themes about retaining your personhood and being self-possessed. But then there’s also the idea of sacrificing yourself for the greater good of a family.”
— Sean Fitz-Gerald, Los Angeles Magazine

“Plus One provides a comic view of Hollywood excesses, but at its heart is a family reclaiming what’s important. Christopher Noxon’s Plus One describes a family struck by sudden good fortune in Hollywood. It’s a laugh-out-loud, big-hearted novel of a marriage threatened by the success of the wife while the husband scrambles to find his place. ”
Foreword Reviews

“The book is a lot of fun, it’s very well-written and funny, but also touching”
Hollywood Reporter

“A rather delicious read.”

This, faithful readers, is a hilarious book. There were times when I laughed so hard, I thought I pulled a stomach muscle.”
Vox Libris

Plus One explores the world of Hollywood and modern relationships with hysterical insight.”
The Absolute Mag

 A Writer’s Writer

Plus One is a smart and funny novel about Hollywood, but where it truly shines is in Noxon’s stunning and painfully accurate depiction of the complex rhythms and growing pains of a marriage.”
Jonathan Tropper, author of This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go

“Behind every great man there’s a great woman… and in Noxon’s telling, behind every great woman there’s a charming, deeply conflicted guy (sometimes holding a very expensive handbag). Hilarious and unflinching, Plus One is a funny, sharply observed, heartbreaking look at love, power, and happily-ever-after in Hollywood.”
Jennifer Weiner, author of All Fall Down, The Next Best Thing, and Good in Bed

“A funny, sharply observed novel about a guy with a first-world problem—a wife who’s a hugely successful TV writer and producer—and the identity crisis that goes along with it. Noxon has reimagined the Hollywood novel from a whole new perspective.”
Tom Perrotta, author of Election, Little Children, and The Leftovers

“Well observed, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Plus One deftly tells a story from the inside of show business about being on the outside.”
Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men

“A page-turning peek into the world of TV and families and money, this is Hollywood L.A. as seen from a newcomer’s ambivalent perspective. I found it both fun and fascinating and unsettling to delve into this world, built convincingly by Noxon’s gift with scenes and voices.”
Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

“Hilarious and whip-smart, with a big beating heart at its center. I love this book, and so will you.”
—Dana Reinhardt, author of We are the Goldens and The Things a Brother Knows\

“Juicy, fun, and the ultimate ‘inside-baseball’ look at Hollywood, Plus One is rich with pitch-perfect details and social satire that sings. Christopher Noxon takes aim at showbiz insiders and outliers in this very funny novel and hits the target. You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, and you’ll never look at a man on the red carpet holding a Judith Leiber bag in the same way. Read it by the cabaña… if you can afford one.”
Lian Dolan, author of Elizabeth the First Wife and Helen of Pasadena

“The emotional and socio-demographic details are so rich and hilarious, it’s almost as if Christopher Noxon himself had some kind of incredibly successful Hollywood wife.”
Joel Stein, Time columnist and author of Man Made

“In this sweet, savvy domestic comedy wrapped in Hollywood tinsel, Noxon captures, with humor and pathos, the plight of the ultimate red-carpet orphan.”
Gigi Levangie, author of The Starter Wife and The After Wife

“After this smart, very funny and painfully honest novel, Noxon’s wife should be proud to be his Plus One.”
Rick Marin, author of Keep Swinging and Cad: Confessions of a Toxic Bachelor

“In this, his hilarious debut novel, Noxon puts the fiercely comic roman(ce) in roman a clef.”
Mark Ebner, New York Times bestselling author of Hollywood, Interrupted, Six Degrees of Paris Hilton, and Poison Candy