Friday, January 29, 2010

Get CEO, ASAP, January 28, 2010

By L. D. Merkl (NYC)

The main character, ML, is the disciple of EF Haynes, who puts ML up for CEO.

At the same time, journalist Pamela Green plans to write a biography of ML but only if it's authorized.

When Pamela gets approval to shadow ML, the reporter gets to observe this other woman's rise to power, fighting off an corporate rival out to steal her title and destroy her company.

ML reminded me Tilda Swinton's character in the movie "Michael Clayton", with all the insecurities of someone who, although is successful in business, has never been in a successful personal relationship.

This slice of corporate life is fascinating, not only because it shows life at business's highest level (which many never see) but because it exposes the extra stresses women in charge have to deal with.

The ending came as a complete surprise, which I love in a novel.

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