Synopses & Reviews
Jane Truman has spent six years at a top publishing house patiently waiting to be promoted to editor and stretching her ridiculously small salary as far as it will go. But her life is about to miraculously change. Fresh from an ugly breakup, she is dragged by her best friend to an art gallery opening where she bumps into the man she lusted after all through college: Randall Cox, a man with friends in high places. When the top editor at a rival publishing house calls her the next morning, Jane suddenly finds herself with a new job worth three times her old salary. Unfortunately, her new boss, Vivian Grant, is even worse than the industry gossip has led Jane to believe. From middle-of-the-night phone calls and impossible demands to ridiculous hours and over-the-top tantrums, Vivian piles on the work...and the abuse. Now, as Jane's new job demands more and more of her time and her soul, will Randall Cox remain her Prince Charming?
"The not Anna Wintour character in this much-hyped my-boss-is-famously-unpleasant roman clef is not Judith Regan or, to be positive, is Vivian Grant of Grant Books, 'the most hotheaded, ruthless woman' in publishing. She physically and verbally abuses her staff, is having an affair with a married New York City official (who dresses in drag) and has made a 'fortune by producing tabloid-inspired blockbusters.' And though up-and-coming literary fiction editor Claire Truman has heard all the gossip, she takes a job as an editor at Grant Books and quickly discovers Vivian lives up to her reputation as a foul-mouthed, ber-demanding, tantrum-throwing tyrant. Claire tries to maintain some semblance of a life (she's engaged to dreamboat Randall Cox, who went from big man on campus to big man at Goldman Sachs, even though she's really in love with Luke Mayville, a sensitive writer/unrecognized genius), but vicious Vivian keeps her within spitting (and swearing) distance 27 hours a day. Clark, who worked at Regan Books, nails the dark side of the vulgar, spiteful boss archetype, and though the plot is as shopworn as the characters, those in the Page Six and Lloyd Grove set will appreciate this devilish read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"This entertaining novel rises above its predictable plot and sometimes flat characters on the strength of its humor Vivian's vitriolic tantrums are laugh-out-loud funny." Booklist
After a nasty romantic breakup and tired of her stalled job at a top publishing house, Jane Truman is thrilled when she is hired by a rival publisher for a top salary, until she meets her new boss, Vivian Grant, a demanding and abusive tyrant who interferes with her life and her growing relationship with Randall Cox, the man she has lusted after since college.
Jane Truman's life is about to miraculously change. Fresh from an ugly breakup, she is dragged by her best friend to an art gallery opening where she bumps into the man she lusted after all through college: Randall Cox, a man with friends in high places.
In a New York minute, Claire Truman lands both a plum position at a top publishing house and the man she's wanted for ten years...then reality intervenes. Her new boss is Vivian Grant, a notoriously ruthless tyrant known for her tirades, traumatized assistants, and tabloid-inspired bestsellers. Soon Claire's job is stealing more and more of her time and her relationship with her fiancé begins to feel the strain. It doesn't help that she's working late nights with a brilliant-and handsome-first-time author. As Vivian's outrageous demands continue to escalate, Claire wonders if she likes where the fast track is taking her-and worries about what she might turn into...
About the Author
Bridie Clark is a former book and magazine editor who has worked for several major New York publishers. She lives in New York City with her husband. This is her first novel. To learn more about the author, you can visit www.bridieclark.com.