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Citizen Girl | [Emma McLaughlin]

Citizen Girl

Working in a world where a college degree qualifies her to make photocopies and color-coordinate file folders, 24-year-old Girl is struggling to keep up with the essential trinity of food, shelter, and student loans. So when she finally lands the job of her dreams, she ignores her misgivings and concentrates on getting the job done... whatever that may be.
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Publisher's Summary

Working in a world where a college degree qualifies her to make photocopies and color-coordinate file folders, 24-year-old Girl is struggling to keep up with the essential trinity of food, shelter, and student loans. So when she finally lands the job of her dreams, she ignores her misgivings and concentrates on getting the job done... whatever that may be.

Sharply observed and devastatingly funny, Citizen Girl captures what it means to be young and female in the new economy. A personal glimpse into an impersonal world, Citizen Girl is edgy and heartfelt, an entertaining story that is startlingly relevant.

©2004 Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"McLaughlin and Kraus deftly satirize postfeminist, postmodern, twenty-first-century America, using management jargon and hipster slang with equal precision. More remarkable is the subtlety with which Girl's story moves from the dreary-yet-familiar world of demanding bosses and unrewarding work into the realm of nightmares. The authors have conjured up a vision of America that's just this side of dystopian, and their funhouse-mirror worldview generates its own strange suspense." (Booklist)

"Young professional readers will relate to the degrading challenge of scraping for entry-level work in a lousy economy and the tyranny of clueless, selfish bosses. And McLaughlin and Kraus should be lauded for creating an old-school feminist heroine who knows where to draw the line." (The Washington Post)

"Citizen Girl takes shots at every single instance of one woman's confrontation with male society during the course of a few months. It does this while being wickedly funny and well written but not dogmatic or finger wagging." (The New Republic)

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    Casi Sneads, FL, United States 07-12-11
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    "Good listen..but make up your own ending."

    I enjoyed this audio book. I was left a little "chopped off at the knees" with the ending though. I would reccommend this book to any of my friends who may have shyness about standing up for themselves in the workforce, in that sense it was very entertaining. Still my heart pangs for a more meaty ending. Kinda' felt like someone all of a sudden abruptly stopped playing my song.

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