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- KurzbeschreibungA wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city. <br>Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She's excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss-but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she'd never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she's bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.<br>When a technical error with Robert's travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She's always played by the rules. But it's such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation-and for her it would be a life-changer . . .<br>The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, "How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?"
- AutorCamille Perri
- FormatGebundene Ausgabe
- Seiten288 Seiten
- Gewicht454 g
- LeseprobePrologue<br>You've probably heard of my former boss. And even if you haven't heard of him, he has influenced you, I promise. Ever watched the all-day news or seen a big blockbuster summer movie? Him. Do you read the newspaper? What about one of those glossy magazines with magenta cover lines like Dirty Talk Hot Enough to Make His Boxers Combust? Him. Odds are, if you exist in the modern world, Robert owns all or a portion of the media you consume. He hovers around number thirty-five on the Forbes billionaire list. I was his assistant.<br>All important men have assistants.<br>That's the first principle I want you to remember. Do important women also have assistants? Yes, of course. But men rule the world. Still. That's the second principle I want you to remember. Men still rule the world. Not because this is some feminist manifesto, but because it's a simple fact essential to how this all started. And that's what everyone wants to know-the reporters, the bloggers-what they all want to know is how we did it.<br>How Did Two Little Girls Outsmart the Most Powerful Man in New York? That was the Upworthy headline. I'm thirty years old; Emily's twenty-eight. My five feet four inches on tippy-toes brings down the average, but Emily is a solid six foot something in heels. Not so little. What Upworthy meant was "powerless."<br>A BuzzFeed story read: Modern-Day Robin Hoods Look More Like Charlie's Angels . They Photoshopped us into swimsuits and put guns in our hands.<br>Gothamist dubbed our network the Secretary Sisterhood of Thieves! (Exclamation theirs.)<br>Rumors, all of it. Internet chatter. No one knows for sure what actually happened.<br>So, let me make this perfectly clear. It wasn't stealing, really. And it was almost by accident that we discovered just how much money there was out there for the taking.<br>That's the third principle I want you to remember. There is enough money.<br>There is so much money.<br> Chapter 1<br>Here's how this whole mess started: Robert had to be in LA for a big meeting with his West Coast Titan Corporation execs and his Boeing's engine had the gall to malfunction.<br>"Tina!" he yelled from inside the soundproofed glass cube of his office.<br>Robert isn't a yeller by nature, but he had no other choice in order to overcome the soundproofing, forcing his voice to travel through his open office door. I knew it was my name he'd called by the tone. We each had our own tone. If it had been his deputy he'd wanted it would have been a gruff monosyllabic bark; for his senior editor it would have been a throaty holler; his executive producer called for a higher-pitched squawk. My skill at deciphering these subtleties was critical because it was my job to fetch whom-ever he called
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