Careers for Women

Careers for Women

A Novel

Book - 2017
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New York in the late 1950s. A city, and a world, on the cusp of change...

Maggie Gleason is looking toward the future. Part of a midcentury wave of young women seeking new lives in New York City, Maggie works for legendary Port Authority public relations maven Lee K. Jaffe--affectionately known to her loyal staff as Mrs. J. Having left Cleveland, Maggie has come to believe that she can write any story for herself that she imagines.

Pauline Moreau is running from the past--and a shameful secret. She arrives in the city on the brink of despair, saddled with a young daughter who needs more love, attention, and resources than Pauline can ever hope to provide. Seeing that Pauline needs a helping hand, Mrs. J tasks Maggie with befriending, and looking after, Pauline.

As the old New York gives way to the new, and Mrs. J's dream of the world's largest skyscraper begins to rise from the streets of lower Manhattan, Pauline--with the aid of Maggie and Mrs. J--also remakes herself. But when she reignites the scandal that drove her to New York, none of their lives will ever be the same. Maggie must question everything she thought she knew about love, work, ambition, and family to discover the truth about the enigmatic, strong woman she thought she had rescued.

Careers for Women is a masterful novel about the difficulties of building a career, a dream, or a life--and about the powerful small mercies of friendship and compassion.

Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316363839
Branch Call Number: FIC SCO
Characteristics: 295 pages ; 22 cm

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Sep 27, 2017

This is not a book to read at the beach,
Busy plot, multiple subplots and characters:
A mixture of real-life (the indomitable Lee Jaffe
And her vision for the World Trade Center -yes, that one)
And then the fiction:the hooker with the gold heart ; blackmail,
Extortion and finally murder. All characters beholden to the corporate villain,
It's corrupt and vile enablers.
An indigenous nation which suffers greatly; individuals who profit existentially .
Disturbing, familiar and even without much humour, hard to put down.
Not for everyone- Less risky for those with catholic tastes.

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