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In the Drink
     

In the Drink

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by Kate Christensen
 

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In this compassionate, wise, and comical debut, Kate Christensen gives an engaging and authentic voice to a new generation of single urban women.

Claudia Steiner never intended for her life to become such a disaster.  At the age of twenty-nine she finds herself serving as secretary to an insane, aging socialite who barks orders from her toilet,

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In the Drink 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Story starts off a little slow, and you wonder why Claudia just cant 'fix' her life...... But, in the middle it becomes a 'Cant-put-down' cheering for Claudia kind of book. Kates' ability to convey Claudia's feelings and empathy for someone who has struggled and failed and then comes out on top is what makes this book and the writer so amazing!....Kates ability as a writer is VERY promising!. Her writing is honest, compassionate, and original.... The details she write about are majestic! I look forward to more books in the future!........please give her a chance .......you wont be sorry!.
Guest More than 1 year ago
new york is a tough town. we all know this. some of us are better at keeping our head above water than others. the main character in this book isn't and it's safe to assume that many of us have felt exactly as she does at points thru this story. she has a mind-numbing job, doesn't make enough money to move out of her apt (or pay rent) but does make enough to forget her troubles night after night in a glass of whatever the bartender is serving. a bit dark in places, In the Drink does make you laugh and more importantly root for Claudia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to me to have so much potential. Claudia, the main character, was so deeply flawed and pathetic and yet I couldn't help but root for her to get her act together. It was that hope that propelled me along to want to get to that satisfying or at least hopeful ending. Claudia has a serious alcohol problem, but near the end when it is pointed out to her bluntly, it doesn't faze her in the least. She is horribly irresponsible with money, but except for deciding she doesn't want her mom or friend?/lover? to bail her out and taking her other unpaid bills with her, she remains in a mess, skipping out on her landlord for three month's rent. It appears she is going to end up with the guy she loves, but it's really not that clear where that will go. And she's going back to the awful woman she works for partly because she feels sorry for her, partly because her attempts to get a book deal on her own failed, and mostly because she simply has no other prospects. You know that ones not going to work out. So what happened? How did the character grow, or resolve her problems, or get on the right track? I gave this three stars because of what much of the story suggested it could have been. But by the end, I had a lot less compassion for Claudia, who still had an awful lot of growing up to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book would be an interesting story that incorporated what it was like to be a woman today. Maybe I just didn't get it, maybe it's me, but the book bored me. The narrator was difficult to relate to, her being so stupid and all--and I had a problem with the language used in the book. I'm sure the author has an extensive vocabulary, but some of the words used in the book didn't seem fitting for a novel set in this century.