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Break in Case of Emergency - A novel

Jessica Winter

"[Break in Case of Emergency] is a funny and moving commentary on that point in a woman's life when everything seems to come into question… Winter really shines… [Her] writing style is full of tightly packed sentences that build on themselves."—Camille Perri, The New York Times "Enthralling, sharply observed" —Marie Claire "Hilarious... The personal and workplace plots are woven together beautifully. Read, cringe, laugh, relate." —Lenny "In this cutting commentary on workplace toxicity and how its tendrils can strangle relationships, Winter uses humor to illuminate the state of modern work, family, and friendship." —Elle.com "Sassy, sarcastic and sleek, this is a wonderfully brash appraisal of how we live."—Colum McCann One of Elle Magazine's 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About One of Cosmo's Reads for July One of Refinery29's Two New Books to Read in July by Brilliant Debut Authors An irreverent and deeply moving comedy about friendship, fertility, and fighting for one's sanity in a toxic workplace. Jen has reached her early thirties and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation's ostensible aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas. Jen's complicity in this passive-aggressive hellscape only intensifies her feelings of inferiority compared to her two best friends—one a wealthy attorney with a picture-perfect family, the other a passionately committed artist—as does Jen's apparent inability to have a baby, a source of existential panic that begins to affect her marriage and her already precarious status at the office. As Break in Case of Emergency unfolds, a fateful art exhibition, a surreal boondoggle adventure in Belize, and a devastating personal loss conspire to forc

"[Break in Case of Emergency] is a funny and moving commentary on that point in a woman's life when everything seems to come into question… Winter really shines… [Her] writing style is full of tightly packed sentences that build on themselves."—Camille Perri, The New York Times "Enthralling, sharply observed" —Marie Claire "Hilarious... The personal and workplace plots are woven together beautifully. Read, cringe, laugh, relate." —Lenny "In this cutting commentary on workplace toxicity and how its tendrils can strangle relationships, Winter uses humor to illuminate the state of modern work, family, and friendship." —Elle.com "Sassy, sarcastic and sleek, this is a wonderfully brash appraisal of how we live."—Colum McCann One of Elle Magazine's 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About One of Cosmo's Reads for July One of Refinery29's Two New Books to Read in July by Brilliant Debut Authors An irreverent and deeply moving comedy about friendship, fertility, and fighting for one's sanity in a toxic workplace. Jen has reached her early thirties and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation's ostensible aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas. Jen's complicity in this passive-aggressive hellscape only intensifies her feelings of inferiority compared to her two best friends—one a wealthy attorney with a picture-perfect family, the other a passionately committed artist—as does Jen's apparent inability to have a baby, a source of existential panic that begins to affect her marriage and her already precarious status at the office. As Break in Case of Emergency unfolds, a fateful art exhibition, a surreal boondoggle adventure in Belize, and a devastating personal loss conspire to forc
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

"[Break in Case of Emergency] is a funny and moving commentary on that point in a woman's life when everything seems to come into question… Winter really shines… [Her] writing style is full of tightly packed sentences that build on themselves."—Camille Perri, The New York Times "Enthralling, sharply observed" —Marie Claire "Hilarious... The personal and workplace plots are woven together beautifully. Read, cringe, laugh, relate." —Lenny "In this cutting commentary on workplace toxicity and how its tendrils can strangle relationships, Winter uses humor to illuminate the state of modern work, family, and friendship." —Elle.com "Sassy, sarcastic and sleek, this is a wonderfully brash appraisal of how we live."—Colum McCann One of Elle Magazine's 19 Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About One of Cosmo's Reads for July One of Refinery29's Two New Books to Read in July by Brilliant Debut Authors An irreverent and deeply moving comedy about friendship, fertility, and fighting for one's sanity in a toxic workplace. Jen has reached her early thirties and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation's ostensible aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas. Jen's complicity in this passive-aggressive hellscape only intensifies her feelings of inferiority compared to her two best friends—one a wealthy attorney with a picture-perfect family, the other a passionately committed artist—as does Jen's apparent inability to have a baby, a source of existential panic that begins to affect her marriage and her already precarious status at the office. As Break in Case of Emergency unfolds, a fateful art exhibition, a surreal boondoggle adventure in Belize, and a devastating personal loss conspire to forc

Language:

English

Narrators:

Xe Sands

Length:

8h 5m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:27


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:40


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:46


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:03


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:58


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:27


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

00:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:56


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:58


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:55


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

01:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:02


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:37


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:03


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:35


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:19


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:05


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:23


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:47


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:37


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:09


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

02:58


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:58


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:53


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:18


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:01


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:29


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:21


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:23


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

02:44


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:10


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:25