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Because She Can | [Bridie Clark]

Because She Can

When the top editor at a rival publishing house calls her with a job offer - complete with a promotion and three times her current salary - Claire Truman believes she's getting everything she's ever wanted. But be careful what you wish for. Vivian Grant, her new boss, is even worse than the industry gossip led her to believe.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is a witty and revealing roman á clef about a woman who finally gets her dream job in book publishing, only to realize she's working for the industry tyrant.

Claire Truman's life is in a holding pattern. She's spent six years languishing away at a top publishing house, waiting to be promoted to editor and stretching her ridiculously small salary as far as it will go. And, fresh from an ugly breakup, she's in the midst of her favorite moping strategy: eating her weight in pizza. But when her best friend drags her to an art gallery opening, her life takes flight.

When she sees Randall Cox, the man she spent her entire college career lusting after, she can hardly believe her good luck. And when he marches over, strikes up a conversation and asks her to dinner, she thinks she's walking on air. The next morning, when the top editor at a rival publishing house calls her (at Randall's suggestion) with a job offer - complete with a promotion and three times her current salary - Claire believes she's getting everything she's ever wanted.

But be careful what you wish for. Vivian Grant, her new boss, is even worse than the industry gossip led her to believe. From her middle-of-the-night phone calls, her impossible demands, the ridiculous hours, and her insulting and vicious verbal attacks, Vivian piles on the work and the abuse. As work demands more and more of her time and her soul, will Randall Cox remain her Prince Charming?

©2007 Bridie Clark; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Clark...nails the dark side of the vulgar, spiteful boss archetype....[T]hose in the Page Six and Lloyd Grove set will appreciate this devilish read." (Publishers Weekly)
"Vivian's vitriolic tantrums are laugh-out-loud funny." (Booklist)

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    "I didn't finish it"

    I think a big part of the audio experience is the narrative. I was very unhappy with the narrator on this one.

    This character was supposed to be my age and she sounded so old!

    Also, this book was supposed to be in modern day times, but the way the characters were set up, it sounded more like the 1950's.

    The relationship between the main character and the fireman, I had a hard time envisioning it and didn't feel it.

    I wouldn't recommend this book. Sorry

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    Jay Seattle, WA, USA 03-22-07
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    "Nice book"

    If you liked the Devil Wears Prada, you'll like this book. The main character was interesting, but I surprised at how little she changes as a result of what happens to her. Otherwise, the book was fun to listen to.

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    Retired Reader Gal So. Orange County, CA USA 04-27-12
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    Silly plot, silly characters and mediocre narrator. I finished it, but only because I am too cheap to stop listening to a book I paid full price for. But, man was I tempted to give up!
    Pass.

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    Catherine V. Kuss Danville, CA 02-06-09
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    "perfect Audible read!"

    While the plot is too easy to figure out, this is great fun to read when you want something mindless. The villains are REALLY fun.

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    "Much like Prada but still good..."

    I really enjoyed this story although it is very much like The Devil Wears Prada. I was caught from the first and was engaged throughout..not a bad read at all...

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