Secretarial Wars

Secretarial Wars

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by Linda Gould
     
 

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Miriam, a Washington secretary in her late twenties, recently divorced, living in a drab apartment and stuck in a dead-end job, longs for fame, fortune and love. Her days are spent in an office cubicle, surrounded by files belonging to applicants for U. S. Peace grants, a program that sends scholars abroad to teach and disseminate American ideals¾or maybe for

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Miriam, a Washington secretary in her late twenties, recently divorced, living in a drab apartment and stuck in a dead-end job, longs for fame, fortune and love. Her days are spent in an office cubicle, surrounded by files belonging to applicants for U. S. Peace grants, a program that sends scholars abroad to teach and disseminate American ideals¾or maybe for more dubious purposes.

Miriam's two best friends at work, flower child Jocelyn and conventional Cass, harbor ambitions of their own. The three secretaries lunch together weekly at a nightclub that Jocelyn co-manages in her spare time. Her life's dream is to be reunited with a rock star who got his start there. Cass sets her sights on a local football hero, and hatches a plot to use her superior secretarial skills to ensnare him. Miriam plans to write an investigative piece about her agency for an underground newspaper editor who holds court there. The three girlfriends confront their dreams and their demons in a wild finale, a fund-raiser for a fire-breathing Mayoral candidate.

From the cubicle to the Oval Office, Secretarial Wars offers a light-hearted look at bureaucratic life in Washington, D. C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595275922
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/19/2003
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Secretarial Wars 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ClassicOne More than 1 year ago
Storyline is thin, but has an interesting premise. Good beach read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Secretarial Wars is like the movie 9 to 5 without all the bouncing-boob jokes and hog-tied silliness. Three D.C. secretaries conjure up their romantic fantasies as they jockey for respect from their prune-faced boss-ladies. Linda Gould's first novel is a quietly professional work of fiction overlaying the workings of a White House administration that leaves a bit to be desired, just like our (unfortunately) non-fictional leadership. The storyline includes many unexpected side-trips into the heated rivalry between two Redskin quarterbacks and the muckraking of a self-proclaimed journalist. Is it a political scandal, or just three girls with their pants inappropriately on fire? By the time the whole plot blows up in her face, even the narrator isn't so sure what actually happened. Secretarial Wars is a fine first effort from an author who seems to be openly familiar with her territory. The girls are back in town!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am deeply appreciative of how the protagonist seemed to have like a million thoughts running through her head every second of every day. So often books only mention the actions taken by characters and their thoughts on these actions and nothing more, when really no one processes life in such a simple way. Most of all the book made me think about the fact that we live in a culture where we are constantly encouraged to pursue our dreams but how often unless we know at least one person who has gone through more or less the same thing and can guide us through the process we are lost as to how to even start tackling the matter. Moreover, this book is a great asset for writers to have as it takes character development to a whole new, and important, level.
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DallasAlice More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time getting through this one.
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