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“Insightful and empathetic.
Alpha Bette is an exquisite book”

– Lis Wiehl,
New York Times Bestselling Author


Available Everywhere Books are Sold

September 12, 2023

About the Book

A resonant tale of love, loss, and learning how to let go.

Bette Gartner, a ninety-five-year-old widow, wakes up one morning and decides to give a dinner party that night for her small family, staff, two neighbors, and a medium—and no one knows why.

The story takes place over the course of the day and is told through the multiple points of view of Bette’s guests, switching back and forth between them as we learn about their motivations, dreams, hopes, and fears. These various storylines converge at the dinner table, where the coming together of different personalities, each with their own tensions and pain points, erupts into epiphanies, resolutions, and new beginnings before the final act of the evening Bette has planned.

Alpha Bette is more than the story of a particular family’s history. Aside from recounting how the characters navigate the daily mundanities of urban life, it also dwells on their larger existential anxieties and the impact of the holes and absences that deceased and displaced loved ones leave behind.

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About the Author

Jennifer Manocherian

Alpha Bette is Jennifer’s first novel. She put much of her personal and professional life experience into writing it, having been a family therapist, divorce mediator, Broadway and Off-Broadway producer, musical book writer, screenwriter and producer, and screenwriting teacher. She cowrote and produced the films Family Blues and Boundary Waters (in production) as well as wrote the book of two musicals that are streaming online: Marry Harry, a full-length musical, and Cockroaches & Cologne, a short musical. She is a proud board member of New York Stage and Film, The Peace Studio, and 18by Vote. She is married with five children and many grandchildren—great source material!

Podcast & Print

Podcast – Online for Authors

Podcast – A Novel Idea

Video Interview – Spotlight TV

Podcast – Conversations with Rich Bennett

Podcast – Coffee with The Dog – Matt Nappo

Podcast – Just Wanted to Ask? with Anne Zuckerman

Podcast – Speaking with Roy Coughlan

Jennifer Manocherian Reviewed By De Mode Magazine

Podcast – The Chris Voss Show Alpha Bette By Jennifer Manocherian

Podcast – Behind the Scenes and Between the Lines: Jennifer Manocherian on Screenwriting

Podcast – My Future Business Show

Podcast – From Screenwriter to Novelist: Writing & Editing

Podcast – Novelist Spotlight with Mike Consel

Podcast – Word of Mom Radio

Podcast – Voting & Author of Alpha Bette

Podcast – WPRNRadio Book Nook Interview

Podcast – Creative Writing Life on Theater & Teaching Writing

Blog – Zip Creative Fast Forward Friday

Podcast – Broadway Producer. Playwright. Novelist. More. The Many Lives of Jennifer Manocherian

Podcast – Be Resilient, Go with the Punches: A Conversation with Guest Jennifer Manocherian

Podcast – Can Creativity Beat Death?

Other Projects


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