Kathleen De Grave's first novel is a multi-faceted work--a leftist, feminist [romance], telling the story of the daughter of a trucker, now a trucker herself, and of the conflicst created by a strike. [women][fiction]
"There's heartbreak and fun in this fast-paced story that gives us, at last, a character we can care about in the form of Hulga, and earthy, intelligent truck driver who's on the upwardly mobile swim in the corporate world as we captivate with her sensuality, her loyalty, and her inclinations toward evil. Kathleen DeGrave writes from an intimate knowledge of her character, and she knows how to shape language that leads us into hope's world that with tightness, control, and surprising imagery, gifts rare in novelist these days."
"'Company Woman' is a fascinating exploration of human emotions, including the conflict of romantic love with the desire for personal growth and fulfillment. Hulga explores her inner strength and physical desires for battling the advances of a boss and trying to deal with the emotional needs of her familiy and friends. This novel is luscious, multi-cultural feast."
"Hulda Olasson, the central character in this novel, has spent the last seven years driving a truck for a large construction company. She has always put her family, her work, and her union ahead of her own wants and desires. But when she gets a chance to enter the management trainee program, she jumps at the chance to 'improve' herself - even it means crossing the picket line and becoming a 'company woman'. De Grave's novel is a psychological gem, seeing Hulga's development as a boss and a loss of her sense of ethics. She is cought between her love for one of the strikers and the sexual demands of one of the supervisors. How she deals with her new life and the relationships is the crux of a powerful and moving novel."