Title: The Assistants
Author: Camille Perri
Published: May 2016, G.P. Putnam's Sons
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.
Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she’s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.
When a technical error with Robert’s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She’s always played by the rules. But it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer . . .
The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?
What readers are saying:
“Perri’s debut is reminiscent of the golden era of early-aughts chick-lit…The characters’ millennial concerns—overwhelming student-loan debt, underemployment, loneliness in a world of hyperconnectivity—ring true, making this a winner for readers who long for the return of light, clever novels with young, professional women at their center.” --Booklist, starred review
“Attention readers fed up with their jobs: call in sick tomorrow and dive into this[crackling] debut… Perri's writing is quippy and the pace breezy…enjoy the sweetness of plotting revenge over cocktails (expensed, of course). You'll feel better after reading, promise.” --Kirkus Reviews
“If the characters of HBO’s Girls were capable of larceny and blackmail, they could be the main characters of Perri’s sharp first novel….Perri has a gift for the glib one-liner, and reserved Tina and glamorous Emily make for a great pairing, resulting in a smart and fresh novel.” --Publishers Weekly
“Anyone who has ever been an assistant will appreciate Camille Perri’s funny, honest, 100% relatable (and did I say funny?) debut novel about a band of exploited, entry-level strivers who even the score with their billionaire boss in the most ingenious way. After a long day at work, this is the book you’ll want to pick up—and, after reading it, you’ll never look at an expense report (or your colleagues) in the same way again.” --Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens
“With an incredible sense of humor and an eye for detail, Perri perfectly captures what it's like to assist a high-powered boss. The Assistants is addictive, hilarious, and smart. It's 9 to 5 for the student loan generation.” --J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of The Engagements and Maine
"Camille Perri’s The Assistants is a hilarious romp through the world of corporate greed and the people who assist them. It’s also a great story of criminal redemption. It was a blast from start to finish.” --Lisa Lutz, author of How to Start a Fire and The Spellman Files.
“The Assistants is wry, thoughtful, and funny as hell. I read through the night with a huge smile on my face as lovable Tina Fontana and her raucous band of disenfranchised assistants wreak some Robin Hood-style havoc on their corporate overlords. I had no idea income inequality and grand larceny could be this much fun! I'm so glad Camille Perri did.” --Eliza Kennedy, author of I Take You
"This delicious page-turner is a rallying cry for everyone squandering their 20s in thankless servitude to those who will never share the wealth—unless someone cleverly forces their hand." --Nicola Kraus, co-author of The Nanny Diaries and How To Be A Grown-Up
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