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Terminal Ambition, A Maggie Mahoney Novel by Kate McGuinness
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Aug 18, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, from-publisher-author
Read from July 22 to August 18, 2012

Maggie Mahoney is not your typical trophy wife since she has a law degree and is married to a the managing partner but when he drops dead, she finds herself on the outs in the firm. When a rival and known womanizer (cue Brittney Spears) is named as the new manager, Maggie knows that even in her grief she can't sit back and watch. She fights her way through the old boys network and works to expose Jack Slattery as he tries to get rid of the female leaders through harassment and discrimination. Parts of this story could be ripped right from recent headlines about men in power and from what I have heard from friends in corporate leadership positions, there is a lot of truth about the abuse that women still endure to this day.

This isn't my usual type of book, but I was hooked by the first chapter. Each chapter was even more compelling, even though parts of it horrified me. Jack is just the type of evil villain that your mother probably warned you about. Maggie is someone that our daughters should emulate and strive towards. I am so glad that the explosion of young adult books are bringing subjects like this to the forefront and teaching girls not to stand by or down to abuse. I have to admit parts of this book were difficult to read and I hope that the objectification of women will soon be a thing of the past. After reading Bond Girl by Erin Duffy (review here) which is a thinly veiled memoir of life in the pretty much male dominated world of finance, you can believe that a story like this could happen in a law firm.

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