Break in Case of Emergency

Break in Case of Emergency

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"[Break in Case of Emergency] is a funny and moving commentary on that point in a woman's life when everything seems to come into question... Winter really shines... [Her] writing style is full of tightly packed sentences that build on themselves."—Camille Perri, The New York Times"Enthralling, sharply observed" —Marie Claire "Hilarious... The personal and workplace plots are woven together beautifully. Read, cringe, laugh, relate." —Lenny "In this cutting commentary on workplace toxicity and how its tendrils can strangle relationships, Winter uses humor to illuminate the state of modern work, family, and friendship." —Elle.com"Sassy, sarcastic and sleek, this is a wonderfully brash appraisal of how we live."—Colum McCannOne of Elle Magazine's 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking AboutOne of Cosmo's Reads for JulyOne of Refinery29's Two New Books to Read in July by Brilliant Debut AuthorsAn irreverent and deeply moving comedy about friendship, fertility, and fighting for one's sanity in a toxic workplace.Jen has reached her early thirties and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation's ostensible 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, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas. Jen's complicity in this passive-aggressive hellscape only intensifies her feelings of inferiority compared to her two best friends—one a wealthy attorney with a picture-perfect family, the other a passionately committed artist—as does Jen's apparent inability to have a baby, a source of existential panic that begins to affect her marriage and her already precarious status at the office. As Break in Case of Emergency unfolds, a fateful art exhibition, a surreal boondoggle adventure in Belize, and a devastating personal loss conspire to force Jen to reckon with some hard truths about herself and the people she loves most.Jessica Winter's ferociously intelligent debut novel is a wry satire of celebrity do-goodism as well as an exploration of the difficulty of navigating friendships as they shift to accommodate marriage and family, and the unspoken tensions that can strain even the strongest bonds.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781101946145
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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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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