Animal Cracker

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Who hasn't suffered in the workplace with a strangle-worthy boss? With humor and charm, "Animal Cracker" offers up a bunch of smart women who plot to get the goods on their boss at Boston's venerable Animal Protection Organization.

Readers rave! "Hilarious plot is cleverly crafted around believable characters... couldn't put it down, found myself laughing out loud through the plot's twists and turns, and would highly recommend this book to ...

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Overview

Who hasn't suffered in the workplace with a strangle-worthy boss? With humor and charm, "Animal Cracker" offers up a bunch of smart women who plot to get the goods on their boss at Boston's venerable Animal Protection Organization.

Readers rave! "Hilarious plot is cleverly crafted around believable characters... couldn't put it down, found myself laughing out loud through the plot's twists and turns, and would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great dialogue and three dimensional characters."

Animal Cracker's a comedy and a mystery! Diane Salvi has found the job of her dreams in a pet rescue operation. Her gorgeous boss should be on her side, but instead obstructs her efforts to promote more animal adoptions. Is he merely annoying, or guilty of something much, much worse? Diane, her reporter roommate, and some savvy women in the office join forces to find out.

More from readers: "Worth missing a night's sleep." And "I laughed and cried, but mostly laughed."

Animal Cracker is the perfect read for anyone seeking sharp writing, clever women, and a great page-turner. You don't need to be an animal lover to love Animal Cracker, but if you are a champion of animal rights, you can't miss this one.

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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: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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