Careers for Women by Joanna Scott

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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.

Title : Careers for Women
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ISBN : 0316363839
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Anmiryam rated it ★★★★★

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...

Alena rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Dawn rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Emily rated it ★★★★★

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...

Alicia rated it ★★★☆☆

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;...

Read rated it ★★★☆☆

August 16, 2017

Tonstant rated it ★★★☆☆

July 30, 2017

It was the cover of Joanna Scott’s Careers for Women that drew me to this book. The retro advertising art suggested a light bit of humor and sophistication that I expected to enjoy immensely. It began exactly as I expected, with a group of women mentored by their supervisor, the famed Lee Jaffe o...

Kathleen rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

This is not/not a tale of women at the forefront of industry in the 1960s- it's a murder mystery patische with one executive woman as one of the many voices, I've debated this since finishing it. There are multiple characters, all of whom have input, the timeline shifts back and forth and back ag...

Dan rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2017

3.5 stars. The lives of three women unfold in this short work and I wish that it was longer because there are elements left unanswered and under developed that would make it a much better novel. The women work in the Public Relations office of The Port Authority of NY & NJ and the building of...

Leslie rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

This novel is packed with great characters. I was very intrigued by Mrs. J and her position at the Port Athority of New York. I love when a novel has some historical aspect. A slight mystery involving one of the characters kept the novel moving at a fast pace. The building of the twin towers was...

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