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Welcome to The Great Recession, when companies are laying people off left and right, and even Big Law isn't hiring anymore. At least there's no place at Robertson, Levine & Shemke for 46-year-old Norma Reyes, a recent graduate from an unremarkable fourth-tier law school. Short on luck and desperate for a job, Norma accepts RLS's offer to work as a "floater" (i.e., rota...more
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Published August 4th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Sandra Theberge
In "The Floater" by Sheryl Sorrentino we meet 46 year old, Norma Reyes, a Hispanic woman who has just graduated from law school. Instead of working as a lawyer, she is working at a large, high powered law office as a "floater" secretary. Initially, she believes that the slow economy is the reason she hasn't been hired by the firm where she worked as a summer intern but she soon discovers that this is a blatant case of discrimination. Norma is a caregiver to her Mom who is suffering from dementia...more
LiteraryMarie
Norma Reyes is not the normal 46-year-old woman. She is a recent law school graduate supporting her elderly mother who unfortunately has dementia. After working as a summer law clerk at a prestigious law firm and taking the bar exam, Norma is confident she'll land a job immediately. But due to the recession, she is only hired as a floater. No, not the "stubborn piece of shit bobbing in the toilet" but a rotating secretary. The job is just a pit stop until the economy gets better, or so Norma hop...more
Glenda Bixler
The cover of Sorrentino's novel, The Floater is eye-catching and fun, but there are surprising scenes behind it that are thought-provoking, revealing...and so very human... Readers enter into the life of one woman, Norma Reyes. While she may not in any way match your own personal profile, she and her friend, Oscar, do well represent today's life style. In fact, it is "kinda" scary just how much you may find in this novel to relate to...

Sorrentino places us squarely into the hardship of Norma's f...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Norma Reyes has worked hard to improve her life, from leaving Puerto Rico for mainland U.S. to working her way up to a supervisor role at a call centre and putting herself through a bachelor degree part-time - all while financially supporting her younger sister who lives on welfare while caring for her son who has autism. Then she loses her job due to outsourcing, takes her newly widowed, dementia-suffering mother into her tiny apartment, and puts herself through a law degree all at the same tim...more
Randy Wilson
I've spent nearly twenty years of my career working in law firms big and small. And I can vouch for how well "The Floater" nails the petty power slights, the stiff hierarchy and the arrogance of the lawyers, that is all too real in the legal industry.

Norma is a believable character with plenty of street and book smarts that she earned the hard way as a middle-aged latina who couldn't rely on youth, attractiveness or her non-existent old boy's network to get ahead in this high-powered legal world...more
Elizabeth
Norma Reyes is 46 years old, a recent law school graduate who lives with her elderly mother. It is 2009 and the job market for new lawyers looks dismal; as a result, Norma accepts a job as a floating secretary for the law firm she interned at. While working as a floater, Norma meets Oscar who works in the copy center. The two quickly fall for one another, but Norma’s work situation goes from bad to worse when Oscar recovers a memo revealing Norma was not hired as a lawyer at the firm for reasons...more
Yvette
It's been awhile since I've written a book review. I was saving my energy to trash, Fifty Shades of Grey, but I still can't do it - too much anger spewing, and not enough energy.

Okay, moving along, to a much better book. Okay, that's not a very good compliment, since anything is better than Fifty Shades of Grey...ha! Seriously though, I just finished reading the book, The Floater, by Sheryl Sorrentino, and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Funny thing, I only read the book becaus...more
M.C. Walker
What makes an average novel great? For me the novel has to do three things: be authentic, powerful and vibrant, and a well developed plot. The Floater does just that. Norma Reyes is middle aged and working hard to make more than a difference in society. Just like the rest of us Norma is faced with more than a few obstacles and hurdles to overcome. You'll find yourself cheering, laughing, and at times even crying as the Norma becomes a classic modern day character like so many of us. Sorrentino i...more
Charlotte
This book was awesome. Sheryl I want to thank you. I have read so many books where I found the characters somewhat unbelievable because I couldn't relate to the attitudes or lives. Not the case with this book. I saw myself in Norma. I felt at times like this book was written for me especially. It's funny because my neice calls me Titi too! Thanks Sheryl. I'm so glad I won your book in the giveaways! Your one of my new favorite authors!
Nancy
I enjoyed this novel which deals with the discrimination a Puerto Rican woman suffers at the hands of a big law firm.

Norma Reyes had decided in her 40's to pursue a legal career primarily to make big money to support her many family members dependent on her. After having completed her education, she begins the processing of interning at a law firm in hopes of being hired. Her plans take a detour when she is not offered a 1st year associates position. In her desperation to get to this "big bucks"...more
Julie Barrett
The Floater by Sheryl Sorrentino
Warning: graphic scenes..
Like how the book has multiple meanings that are explained as you read.
This book is about Norma who not only worked 8 hours a day but went to college to get a law degree. She then brought her mother from PR to live with her as she has dementia.
The story also follows her sister Inez and her family. Love how she goes after what she believes in. Very hard life with no backup and when her mother has gone missing the law firm that she's a float...more
Alisha Simko
Sheryl Sorentino is one heck of a writer, her books get me so drawn in and not only is the story so real, touching, heartfelt etc....it has been educational for me in a fun kind of way. This is my 2nd book I've read by Sheryl Sorrentino and I will read every last one and the ones that she writes in the future. Thanks Sheryl for taking me on another adventure!!!! 5 star book!
Yalda Vahdani
The Floater's insightful journey into the inner workings of Big Law ring true to life. Norma is a strong, intelligent character who fights her way from the inside and finds love in the process. This book is so captivating that while reading on the train I missed my stop and ended up a few cities past home! I highly recommend this book!
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
“The Floater” tells the story of Puerto Rican 46-year-old Norma Reyes, who managed to make it through law school while taking care of her ill mother and various family members. She takes a job working as a Floating Secretary at a law firm, hoping to be hired on as a lawyer.

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Sheryl Sorrentino is the author of four novels, Later With Myself: The Misadventures of Millie Moskowitz (which recounts a neglected twelve-year-old’s devastating pregnancy), An Unexpected Exile (a romantic ride with Risa Weinberg, a 29-year old Jewish fashion merchandiser who is relentlessly pursued by a charismatic and slightly "off-kilter" Sandinista rebel), and The Floater (the story of 46-...more
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