Break in Case of Emergency

Break in Case of Emergency

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Jen, a once-promising painter, takes a job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation's aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas. Jen is already feeling inferior to her friends: a wealthy attorney with a picture-perfect family, and a passionately committed artist. On top of that, her apparent inability to have a baby only intensifies her feelings of inferiority. A series of events force Jen to reckon with some hard truths about herself and the people she loves most.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101946138
110194613X
110191193X
9781101911938
9781101946145
Branch Call Number: FICTION Win
Description: 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.

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sandraperkins
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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