Friday, February 23, 2007

Because She Can - Bridie Clark


Because She Can
Bridie Clark
Warner Books

Chick Lit

One year ago, Princeton grad Claire Truman was working as an associate editor for a mid-sized publisher in Manhattan. The good news? Her boss is great, and pretty much an icon in the publishing business. The bad news? It doesn’t look like there’s much room for advancement, unless her boss leaves. Also, the salary is barely enough to pay the rent on her small apartment. More good/bad news: Claire just broke up, for the fourth and final-final time, with her boyfriend. When her boss decides to retire, Claire thinks she sees a light at the end of the tunnel. In hindsight, it was more of an oncoming train.

At a party, Claire reconnects with her college sweetheart, Randall Cox. Randall comes from a wealthy family, is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, and is smart, funny, and handsome. And he loves Claire. Through him, Claire meets another publishing icon, the dreaded Vivian Grant. Vivian is well known as a terror, but working for her means being an editor. And being able to write your own ticket when you leave. Soon, Claire is busy helping author Luke Mayville with his upcoming book. And she’s starting to see him as more than a client.

The novel begins with Claire in her wedding dress, an hour away from walking down the aisle to marry Randall, in an incredibly elaborate wedding. We meet Vivian as she bursts into the dressing room, demanding a meeting, this instant. Because she can. There will be inevitable comparisons to “The Devil Wears Prada,” so there’s that out of the way. Claire is a very believable character. Raised by a poet who held writing seminars, she’s always known what she wanted in a career; it’s the personal life that’s the problem. The sections of the book that deal with Claire dealing with Vivian are more interesting than her love life. But, in the end, every woman has to learn that maybe you shouldn't marry the guy who’s perfect on paper, just because you can.

Rating: 8 ½
February 2006
ISBN# 0-446-57924-6 (hardcover)

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