Same as It Never Was (novel)
It was published in 2003, and was made into a TV movie in 2006 called Hello Sister, Goodbye Life starring Lacey Chabert and Wendie Malick and directed by Steven Robman. The movie was filmed in New Orleans shortly before Hurricane Katrina.
" An amazingly assured first novel full of dry wit, an observant eye, and a lot of heart. LaZebnik's heroine pushes all the emotional buttons-you hate her, you relate to her, you root for her, and, above all, you laugh at her hilarious one-liners. This is a romance with bite, and I enjoyed every morsel." -Jane Heller, author of "Lucky Stars" and "The Secret Ingredient"