Break in Case of Emergency

Break in Case of Emergency

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Taking a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit when the 2008 economic crisis forces her to abandon her once-promising art career, Jen finds herself in a toxic workplace of back-stabbing co-workers under an egocentric philanthropist boss while struggling with insecurity in the face of her successful friends.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101946138
Branch Call Number: FIC WINTER, JESSICA
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 25 cm


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marycatlyons Feb 13, 2018

I'll give points for the satirical portrayal of Starlet-gone-Philanthropist, but outside of that, I wouldn't recommend this book, unless you're truly desperate for a terrible set of characters and storylines.

Oct 29, 2016

This is a humorous book that satirizes celebrity philanthropy, terrible workplaces, dealing with infertility, and living in New York City. Jen, our heroine, loses her job in the 2008 recession and takes a job at a poorly run feminist nonprofit (the woman who created it got a huge divorce settlement that had to be used for charity). The people running the foundation are clueless about almost everything. It is a dysfunctional workplace, and if any women are helped by this foundation, it is purely accidental.

This book is an impressive first novel, and I enjoyed it. It reminded me a bit of A Window Opens by Elizabeth Egan (another dysfunctional workplace). I was rooting for Jen all the way through!


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