Foundation. I laughed, winced and nodded in affirmation often while reading Jessica Winter’s debut novel titled, Break in Case of Emergency. Protagonist Jen is a painter whose day job has been working at a feminist not for profit foundation. The celebrity boss is wacko, the workplace toxic, and Jen is trying to have a baby. The themes of motherhood and art elevate this novel beyond light satire and toward insight into the struggles of contemporary life and our search for meaning. I enjoyed Winter’s fine writing, her ability to skewer with precision, and to draw a distinction between what is important and what isn’t.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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