The Assistants

Camille Perri (Author)
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Description

A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.
Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.
When a technical error with Robert s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She s always played by the rules. But it s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation and for her it would be a life-changer . . .
"The Assistants" speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants? "

Product Details

Price
$30.99
Publisher
Thorndike Press
Publish Date
July 20, 2016
Dimensions
5.6 X 1.3 X 8.5 inches | 1.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781410491299
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About the Author

Camille Perri has worked as a books editor for"Cosmopolitan"and"Esquire"magazine. She has also been a ghostwriter of young adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from New York University and a master of library science degree from Queens College. Perri wrote the first draft of"The Assistants"while working as the assistant to the editor in chief of"Esquire.""

Reviews

Anyone who has ever been an assistant will appreciate Camille Perri s funny, honest, 100% relatable (and did I say funny?) debut novel about a band of exploited, entry-level strivers who even the score with their billionaire boss in the most ingenious way. After a long day at work, this is the book you ll want to pick up and, after reading it, you ll never look at an expense report (or your colleagues) in the same way again.
--Elisabeth Egan, author of "A Window Opens"
"Camille Perri s"The Assistants"is a hilarious romp through the world of corporate greed and the people who assist them. It s also a great story of criminal redemption. It was a blast from start to finish.
Lisa Lutz, author of"How to Start a Fire"and"The Spellman Files."
The Assistants is wry, thoughtful, and funny as hell. I read through the night with a huge smile on my face as lovable Tina Fontana and her raucous band of disenfranchised assistants wreak some Robin Hood-style havoc on their corporate overlords. I had no idea income inequality and grand larceny could be this much fun! I'm so glad Camille Perri did.
--Eliza Kennedy, author of "I Take You"
"This delicious page-turner is a rallying cry for everyone squandering their 20s in thankless servitude to those who will never share the wealth unless someone cleverly forces their hand."
--Nicola Kraus, co-author of "The Nanny Diaries" and "How To Be A Grown-Up"
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Perri s debut is reminiscent of the golden era of early-aughts chick-lit The characters millennial concerns overwhelming student-loan debt, underemployment, loneliness in a world of hyperconnectivity ring true, making this a winner for readers who long for the return of light, clever novels with young, professional women at their center.
--"Booklist," starred review
Attention readers fed up with their jobs: call in sick tomorrow and dive into this[crackling] debut Perri's writing is quippy and the pace breezy enjoy the sweetness of plotting revenge over cocktails (expensed, of course). You'll feel better after reading, promise.
--"Kirkus Reviews"
If the characters of HBO s "Girls" were capable of larceny and blackmail, they could be the main characters of Perri s sharp first novel .Perri has a gift for the glib one-liner, and reserved Tina and glamorous Emily make for a great pairing, resulting in a smart and fresh novel.
--"Publishers Weekly"
Anyone who has ever been an assistant will appreciate Camille Perri s funny, honest, 100% relatable (and did I say funny?) debut novel about a band of exploited, entry-level strivers who even the score with their billionaire boss in the most ingenious way. After a long day at work, this is the book you ll want to pick up and, after reading it, you ll never look at an expense report (or your colleagues) in the same way again.
--Elisabeth Egan, author of "A Window Opens"
With an incredible sense of humor and an eye for detail, Perri perfectly captures what it's like to assist a high-powered boss. "The Assistants" is addictive, hilarious, and smart. It's "9 to 5 "for the student loan generation.
--J. Courtney Sullivan, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Engagements "and "Maine"
"Camille Perri s"The Assistants"is a hilarious romp through the world of corporate greed and the people who assist them. It s also a great story of criminal redemption. It was a blast from start to finish.
Lisa Lutz, author of"How to Start a Fire"and"The Spellman Files."
The Assistants is wry, thoughtful, and funny as hell. I read through the night with a huge smile on my face as lovable Tina Fontana and her raucous band of disenfranchised assistants wreak some Robin Hood-style havoc on their corporate overlords. I had no idea income inequality and grand larceny could be this much fun! I'm so glad Camille Perri did.
--Eliza Kennedy, author of "I Take You"
"This delicious page-turner is a rallying cry for everyone squandering their 20s in thankless servitude to those who will never share the wealth unless someone cleverly forces their hand."
--Nicola Kraus, co-author of "The Nanny Diaries" and "How To Be A Grown-Up"
Full of not-so-harmless fun and intriguing characters, "The Assistants" is a rallying cry for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid women who wonder, perhaps daily, why they re still assistants.
--Domino.com
This isn t exactly the stuff fluffy romances are made of it owes more to Robin Hood, or maybe Bonnie and Clyde, if Bonnie left Clyde in the car and distributed her spoils among her friends THE ASSISTANTS is an economic fable, a story of class warfare dressed up as chick lit Powerful people of the world, take notice: The assistants will have their revenge.
--"BookPage""