The Lights of Sheridan Square

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Bob Ford

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I'll-fated, operatic-like romance forged in the fast-paced world of 1950s Manhattan advertising has bohemian lovers thwarted by power, tradition, and wealth.



Short Summary

The first time Jay Carraway saw Joanna Olenska he found himself in love and in lust at the same moment. Minutes before he had been ready to make an exit from the job interview when he was told, “Ad-Film is looking for a "gopher."

The mantle of autumn had begun to drape myriad colors on the trees that surround Central Park Lake. As Jay pulled on the oars he looked at the woman whose face has been frozen in a black and white photograph for over half a lifetime. In that moment - he beat his way back against the tide of time.


New York, Paris, Yuma, AZ

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Jay Carraway

Age: 21

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Masculine,Modest,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Joanna Olenska

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Empathetic,Faithful,Heartthrob,Sexy,Romantic,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Elliot Pierce

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Desperate,Insecure,Masculine,Skillful,Sarcastic,Unapologetic,Blunt,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Mrs. Carraway

Age: 60

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Decisive,Villainous,Outspoken,Manipulative

Development Pitch

This could be a single film or it could easily be streatched out to a miniseries. Based on the reviews and letters I still get some 8 years after publication - the story has a strong female appeal... As the man who wrote the "coverage" said, Lights is "The Notebook Meets Mad Men.". I think the following review makes the best case for this book-to-film. “When gopher Jay Carroway enters the Ad-Film production company, the reader is tipped off that The Lights of Sheridan Square's old-style demeanor with its stud row men and lovely secretaries is meant to read like a book from yesteryear. The romance stars Miss Joanna Olenska, the temporary receptionist for Ad-Film in Manhattan, when she is not acting in industrial shows opposite stacks of tires or refrigerators. “Joanna's magnetic eyes attract the gold in Jay's heart. Jay's polite restraint has Joanna day-dreaming about small houses with gardens. But Jay's gold heart stops when Joanna refers to him "like a brother." Jay convinces Joanna that he's different than the rest of the pack. But is Jay's polo-playing family too different for the orphaned actress? Both Ford and the main character are enamored with romance, whether in Manhattan or Paris. “Author Bob Ford portrays the quirks and double-dealings of the New York advertising film industry with martini-laced humor and an insider's wink.The Lights of Sheridan Square delivers a playful yet romantic tale with good-guys, bad-guys, dames, eccentrics, and a happy ending.

About The Author

I have published four fiction and two non-fiction books (one of which - What Car Dealers Won’t Tell You - Plume) topped 100,000 sales and I have ghost written two biographies. I’ve had six of my short stories published in niche publications. I’ve produced two off-Broadway plays and written and directed one for regional theater (The Bundling Bed). I’ve written, directed and even personally shot six documentaries, one of which, The Way Back, won first prize in the American Film Festival.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Deerfield Park Publishing

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available