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Blind submission : a novel
Debra Ginsberg
Adult Fiction GINSBER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Memoirist Ginsberg (Waiting; Raising Blaze) gracefully transitions into fiction with a fresh twist on the aggrieved publishing assistant. Angel Robinson is a voracious reader excited to land a job at the prestigious Lucy Fiamma Literary Agency in San Francisco, but she quickly finds herself overwhelmed in the maelstrom of an office. Angel, forever lugging manuscripts home, discovers she has a knack for turning mediocre manuscripts into moneymakers, a talent Lucy handsomely capitalizes on. When an anonymous submission set in a Bay Area literary agency is e-mailed in, Angel begins hammering it into salable shape. At first, the parallels between the manuscript and her life are innocuous enough, but as subsequent chapters appear in her inbox and she corresponds via e-mail with the author (coyly called "G. A. Novelist"), the story begins to reveal intimate details about Angel's life and to contain thinly veiled threats. Could her foundering writer boyfriend be the culprit? A jealous co-worker? Another of Lucy's clients? A game of e-mail cat and mouse unfolds as Angel continues working on the manuscript and her dragon-lady boss angles to sell it. Though not nail-bitingly suspenseful, the plot is twisty enough to keep readers guessing to the end. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

"The conventional wisdom is that books set in the publishing world don't sell," Angel Robinson tells her boss. Angel's new job at a California literary agency requires submitting reader's reports to agent extraordinaire Lucy Fiamma. Intrigued by a manuscript set in a fictional literary agency, Angel begins corresponding with its anonymous author. When chapters from the novel begin to parallel Angel's real life, she suspects the author is someone she knows. Meant to be a more literary The Devil Wears Prada, this debut novel by memoirist Ginsberg (Raising Blaze: Bringing Up an Extraordinary Son in an Ordinary World) includes every item on the "bite the boss" checklist: boyfriend trouble, hostile and incompetent co-workers, and a demanding boss who blurs the line between driven and demented. The book-within-a-book hook adds a clever twist to this tale of entry-level angst. Angel is a likable protagonist, and the reader will be pleased when she finally gets her happy ending. Recommended for most fiction collections. Karen Kleckner, Deerfield P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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