When We Were Bright and Beautiful


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6.22 X 9.11 X 1.14 inches | 1.08 pounds

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About the Author

Jillian Medoff is the author of the national bestseller I COULDN'T LOVE YOU MORE, as well as the novels GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD and HUNGER POINT. A former fellow at MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center, VCCA, and Fundación Valparaiso, she has an MFA from NYU. In addition to writing fiction, Jillian has a long career in management consulting and is currently a Senior Consultant at the Segal Group, where she advises clients on all aspects of the employee experience.


This transfixing slow burn of a novel kept me up hours past my bedtime, bewitched by Medoff's ingenious storytelling, gorgeous prose, and complicated, fascinating characters. I loved it.--Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year and A Fortunate Age
Praise for Jillian Medoff: "As smart as Medoff's critique of corporate inanity is, it's tempered by compassion for these people, who are ultimately tender with each other, too. . . . Through the subterranean strata of this failing office run alliances and feuds, love affairs and betrayals that influence raises, promotions and dismissals. And when Rosa herself gets in trouble, how far will her beloved staff go to protect her from the rigid mechanics of the corporation? The answer to that question becomes the story's central problem, its funniest routine and its most moving element."--Ron Charles in the Washington Post on This Could Hurt
"A smart, sympathetic dramedy. . . . It's like a New York novelization of The Office--with less winky, fourth wall-breaking satire and more heart."--Entertainment Weekly on This Could Hurt
"This bighearted dramedy of manners stars Rosa, one of the most intriguing characters ever to walk the halls of an HR department, and her supporting cast of flawed but devoted employees, who set aside their differences to rescue their leader--for once, the one who needs help."--O, the Oprah Magazine on This Could Hurt
"An incredibly funny, incredibly human book. . . . the best book I've ever read about what work means, about how to do it better, about how to manage people, about how to be a good colleague, about the intra-personal relationships of an office. . . . I haven't read something with as much pleasure in six months."--Slate on This Could Hurt
"A refreshingly authentic portrait of corporate America and the varied souls that dream, conspire, flounder and triumph there, and this she does with a great deal of affection and charm. A very enjoyable book."--Joshua Ferris on This Could Hurt
"Four stars. Dazzling . . . hilarious and heart-wrenching."--People on I Couldn't Love You More
"When We Were Bright and Beautiful blew me away. Jillian Medoff's gripping exploration of wealth, consent, and complicity tells the story of a loving family's unraveling with the propulsive pace of the best thrillers. A masterful achievement." --Aimee Molloy, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Mother and Goodnight Beautiful