Chicklit Club
 

ELISABETH EGAN

 

A Window Opens (2015)

 

Alice, a magazine books editor, is wooed to work at Scroll, an exciting new company that promises to change the retail landscape for book lovers. With her lawyer husband Nicholas deciding to leave his firm to work for himself, the mother of three heads back to work full-time, with the help of her ever-capable nanny. But soon her dream job starts to take up all her time and headspace. Combined with her father's illness, her husband's drinking and her best friend's disapproval over her job choice, Alice feels ready to crack under the pressure. This is a story in the vein of I Don't Know How She Does It, focussing on the myth that with the right balancing act, working women can have it all. The domestic issues Alice faced were both moving and very real, and the disconnect she felt at the hip corporation was an interesting plot driver. It all makes for a strong debut - and avid readers will also love hearing about all the future book store concepts.


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