Synopses & Reviews
A novel about the inescapable bonds of family and personal history, Pink Slip asks the question, in love, what must we reveal about ourselves?
Twenty-five-year-old Lisa Diodetto needed a change. Her job editing holocaust memoirs for a prestigious New York publishing company barely paid the rent, and an ill-thought out affair with a married man had left her flattened by the wheels of romance. At the urging of her first cousin and lifelong best friend Dodie, she left New York for a job upstate in the editorial department of a big pharmaceutical company. It was a clean slate far from her working class upbringing in an Italian-American New Haven neighborhood, and she planned to make the most of it.
Enter Mr. Eben Strauss, Vice-President of Corporate Development. A man of careful composure, a restrained sense of humor, and impeccable manners. A man who certainly wouldn't appreciate Lisa's big mouth and hot temper. A man who would never dream of compromising his position or anyone else's with any kind of workplace impropriety. A man surprisingly attracted by--and attractive to--Lisa.
The relationship that ensues illustrates the very real dangers of falling in love-particularly falling in love with your boss, particularly falling in love with a boss who doesn't know the half of your personal history. Lisa is embarrassed to tell Strauss about her past--her crazy family, her wild escapades with Dodie--but she soon discovers that Strauss is keeping secrets, too. How both of them try to accept the truth about each other makes for a funny, sharp, and moving novel about the difficulties of intimacy and the imperfections of love.
Already the recipient of the 1997 Pirates Alley Faulkner Award for Fiction, "Pink Slip" makes good the promise of Rita Ciresi's earlier work. An affecting exploration of honesty, responsibility, and the true nature of love, "Pink Slip" is a smart, modern look at the age-old dance of interaction between men and women set in the newest and most awkward ballroom yet: the workplace.
Underpaid, overworked, underwhelmed by the lack of options, and almost over her married ex-boyfriend, twenty-five-year-old Lisa Diodetto desperately needed a change. At the urging of her cousin and lifelong friend, Dodie, Lisa leaves her New York City job and Italian-American New Haven neighborhood to make a fresh start in upstate New York working for a pharmaceutical company.
Enter Mr. Eben Strauss, Vice President of Corporate Development. A man of careful composure, a restrained sense of humor, and impeccable manners. A man who would steer clear of a young woman with a hot temper, a smart mouth, a crazy family, and a wild past. A man surprisingly attracted by, and attractive to, Lisa.
Brilliantly capturing how love forces people to confront the truth about themselves and their pasts, "Pink Slip" is a funny, sharp, and ultimately moving novel about the difficulties of intimacy and the imperfections of love.