Animal Cracker

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Animal Cracker available at Amazon sites around the world in paperback and Kindle versions.

If Bridget Jones and "The Office" had a baby, it might look something like "Animal Cracker."

In "Animal Cracker," a bunch of smart women plot to get the goods on their boss at Boston's venerable Animal Protection Organization. Hal Mason is Brad Pitt-handsome, with a Harvard professor wife and an adorable but shiftless son who wins the heart of Diane ...

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Overview

Animal Cracker available at Amazon sites around the world in paperback and Kindle versions.

If Bridget Jones and "The Office" had a baby, it might look something like "Animal Cracker."

In "Animal Cracker," a bunch of smart women plot to get the goods on their boss at Boston's venerable Animal Protection Organization. Hal Mason is Brad Pitt-handsome, with a Harvard professor wife and an adorable but shiftless son who wins the heart of Diane Salvi, the organization's new communications director and the book's narrator. When Diane lands the job of her dreams, she's impressed with her new boss, but soon learns that Hal has managed to earn the adulation of the organization's board of director and the scorn of his staff. As Diane's suspicions about Hal mount, she enlists some friends in the office, along with her reporter roommate, to investigate if he's just plain annoying or much, much worse.

Diane's journey is one of a young woman's drive to create a fulfilling life as she navigates the vagaries of the workplace and tries to find love,all while holding onto her principles.

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2013-08-15
Fed-up employees of a Boston pet-shelter network plot the comeuppance of their egomaniacal boss in this comic novel. Diane Salvi, 25, the new communications director of the Animal Protection Organization, is a conscientious animal lover who wants to make a real contribution. But her boss, Hal Mason, keeps thwarting her best ideas in favor of his own vanity projects. Her co-workers--Hal's assistant, Betty, and Southern belle fundraising director, Mary-Day--are smart women, dedicated to animal welfare. They sympathize with Diane, but Hal is the board of directors' golden boy, despite his crudity and malapropisms. (At one point, Diane describes him as "Brad Pitt on the outside, Borat on the inside.") When Hal finally overreaches, Diane and friends begin a covert investigation, aided by Diane's friend and roommate Genie, a reporter for a local paper--but Diane's relationship with Mark, Hal's son, complicates things. A novel that features abandoned pets and animals could be heavy-handed, but Brown ((A)Musings, 2013, etc.) has a light touch, acknowledging sadness but avoiding gratuitous sentimentality. The characters' well-developed back stories allow readers to make sense of their personalities and choices. Diane's wry, comic voice is smart and enjoyable, and her romantic travails realistically lead her to greater self-knowledge. Hal's well-drawn narcissism is funny and exasperating, and the excerpt from the book he's "writing" is a dead-on portrayal of egotistical self-delusion. Brown's exploration of Hal's character also goes beneath the surface to look at the politics of Boston's academic and Brahmin worlds. The author's real-life experience with professional fundraising makes such concerns in the novel ring true. In the end, Diane and her friends cook up an extremely satisfying and well-timed showdown that will leave readers satisfied. A sweet, but not saccharine, comic novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484107607
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/6/2013
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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