The Circle follows the career of Mae Holland, a young and angst-ridden millennial, as she advances in the corporate hierarchy of the Circle, a company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her friend and college roommate, Annie, has already secured an influential position at the Circle, which is described as having combined all the best features of Google, Facebook, and Amazon in one place. Mae is happy to have the job, since it allowed her to move away from Fresno, her boring hometown, although she remains concerned about the health of her father and well-being of her mother.
Mae is assigned to a position in customer service - "customer experience representative" - and trained by Dan, a true believer in the social media community created by the Circle. While Mae shows immediate promise as a customer experience representative and is glad to have left her dead-end utility company job behind, she does not initially embrace the intensely interactive atmosphere at the Circle.
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