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Break in Case of Emergency Audiobook

Break in Case of Emergency: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

One of Elle magazine's 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About

One of Cosmo's Reads for July

An irreverent and deeply moving comedy about friendship, fertility, and fighting for one's sanity in a toxic workplace.

Jen has reached her early 30s and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation's ostensible aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas.

Jen's complicity in this passive-aggressive hellscape only intensifies her feelings of inferiority compared to her two best friends - one a wealthy attorney with a picture-perfect family, the other a passionately committed artist - as does Jen's apparent inability to have a baby, a source of existential panic that begins to affect her marriage and her already precarious status at the office. As Break in Case of Emergency unfolds, a fateful art exhibition, a surreal boondoggle adventure in Belize, and a devastating personal loss conspire to force Jen to reckon with some hard truths about herself and the people she loves most.

Jessica Winter's ferociously intelligent debut novel is a wry satire of celebrity do-goodism as well as an exploration of the difficulty of navigating friendships as they shift to accommodate marriage and family and the unspoken tensions that can strain even the strongest bonds.

©2016 Jessica Winter (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Enthralling, sharply observed." (Marie Claire)

"Hilarious.... The personal and workplace plots are woven together beautifully. Read, cringe, laugh, relate." (Lenny)

"In this cutting commentary on workplace toxicity and how its tendrils can strangle relationships, Winter uses humor to illuminate the state of modern work, family, and friendship." (Elle.com)

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