Read Careers for Women Online Free - New York in the late 1950s. A city, and a world, on the cusp of change..
Maggie Gleason is looking toward the future. Part of a midcentury wave of young women seeking new lives in New York City, Maggie works for legendary Port Authority public relations maven Lee K. Jaffe--affectionately known to her loyal staff as Mrs. J. Having left Cleveland, Maggie has come to believe that she can write any story for herself that she imagines.
Pauline Moreau is running from the past--and a shameful secret. She arrives in the city on the brink of despair, saddled with a young daughter who needs more love, attention, and resources than Pauline can ever hope to provide. Seeing that Pauline needs a helping hand, Mrs. J tasks Maggie with befriending, and looking after, Pauline.
As the old New York gives way to the new, and Mrs. J's dream of the world's largest skyscraper begins to rise from the streets of lower Manhattan, Pauline--with the aid of Maggie and Mrs. J--also remakes herself. But when she reignites the scandal that drove her to New York, none of their lives will ever be the same. Maggie must question everything she thought she knew about love, work, ambition, and family to discover the truth about the enigmatic, strong woman she thought she had rescued.
Careers for Women is a masterful novel about the difficulties of building a career, a dream, or a life--and about the powerful small mercies of friendship and compassion.
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April 18, 2017
Whoa, I'm first to review this book. Here's hoping I'm not the last, nor the only one, to think it's wonderful.
The slim size of this novel is deceptive. In fewer than 300 pages, Joanna Scott crafts a narratively complex tale of women's lives the late 20th Century. Given the title, the workplace i...
August 13, 2017
I should start by saying that while I really enjoyed this unusual novel, its style won't be for everyone. It follows no predictable path, not chronological, or ever predictable in its shifting perspectives. Far from point A to B to C, it's more like Q to B to Y to W to H. Perhaps the best compari...
September 07, 2017
It’s fortunate that I had already read Joanna Scott, or I would have been completely put off by the title and flap copy of her new novel, sure this was not a novel for me.
Scott is such a master that she has it both ways in this novel: playful and serious, sentimental and satirical, and critical o...
August 08, 2017
This is a very odd little book. Is it about Pauline? Perfidy (a new vocabulary word for me)? Corporate pollution? The Twin Towers? A jumble of topics, lightly stirred.
July 31, 2017
Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and Netgalley for providing me this free ARC in exchange for my honest review!
CAREERS FOR WOMEN has a Mad Men-esque vibe set during the 1950s, which is a period I’ve always been drawn to so naturally I was sucked in from the get-go!
Scott’s cast of characters...
August 02, 2017
What a strange but wonderful book. I wasn't really sure what to expect going into this. I had caught a brief excerpt of someone else's Goodreads review that made me suspect the title was ironic, but I had no idea what I was in store for when I opened this book. Having had Joanna Scott as a profes...
September 07, 2017
3.5 stars. I was initially drawn to this book by the gushing blurb from Kate Atkinson on the cover. I love Atkinson and figured I would love anything she loves. As a writer who experiments with the novel's structure, I expect Atkinson was drawn to this book's unconventional plotting. This book is...
October 04, 2017
This book is nothing like what the title or blurb suggest. It's an associative (instead of chronological) story that interweaves several complex narratives. The back of the book makes it sound like a dreary story of some mediocre people, but instead it's a sweeping tale of people being people - p...
August 12, 2017
This novel starts off really promisingly, focusing on a young woman in New York in the 1950s working at the Port Authority under an interesting woman mentor, the head of PR. But then it just starts jumping around all over the place--New York in the 60s-70s;...
September 16, 2017