The Partner Track

The Partner Track

by Helen Wan
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The Partner Track by Helen Wan

Ingrid Yung's life is full of firsts. A first-generation Chinese American, the first lawyer in her family, she's about to collect the holy grail of "firsts" and become the first minority woman to make partner at the venerable old law firm Parsons Valentine & Hunt.

Ingrid has perfected the art of "passing" and seamlessly blends into the old-boy corporate culture. She gamely banters in the corporate cafeteria, plays in the firm softball league, and earnestly racks up her billable hours. But when an offensive incident at the summer outing threatens the firm's reputation, Ingrid's outsider status is suddenly thrown into sharp relief. Scrambling to do damage control, Parsons Valentine announces a new Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, commanding Ingrid to spearhead the effort. Only she's about to close an enormous transaction that was to be her final step in securing partnership.

For the first time, Ingrid must question her place in the firm. Pitted against her colleagues, including her golden-boy boyfriend, Ingrid begins to wonder whether the prestige of partnership is worth breaching her ethics. But can she risk throwing away the American dream that is finally within her reach?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250019578
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

HELEN WAN is Associate General Counsel at the Time Inc. division of Time Warner Inc. Before that, she practiced corporate law and media law at law firms in New York. Born in California and raised near Washington, D.C., Wan is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her essays and reviews of fiction have been published in The Washington Post and elsewhere. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her husband and son.


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The Partner Track: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining story that quickly pulls you in. Very smart and very funny.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 'The Partner Track' is a smart adult contemporary novel that follows leading lady Ingrid Yung as she desperately attempts to ratchet up her career at the prestigious law firm of Parsons Valentine & Hunt LLP. Ingrid's been the picture perfect girl for the firm - doing extracurricular activities with coworkers, works extra hours, and sweet talks the big wigs. Everything's going great until a fateful summer outing where Ingrid shatters her "Golden Girl" image. Willing to do almost anything to get it back, she agrees to become the new face and leader of the Diversity Initiative for the firm. Soon Ingrid finds herself at odds with her coworkers, her boyfriend, her family and even herself as she battles it out in a war of gender, class, and race. This was an intriguing adult contemporary novel that spoke of several important topics amid the quick story line. Ingrid is a great main character. She's smart, dedicated, and motivated to reach her dream goal of becoming a partner in her firm. She does what most would do in her situation by gaining the image of the perfect employee and "golden girl" of the company. Everyone makes mistakes though and Ingrid is no different. I liked that we get to see all aspects of her character - both positive and negative - as we watch her attempt to get her life back on track. The plot was interesting and held a lot of great details concerning Ingrid's life, her job, and her firm. The writing was well done with vivid descriptions and a great pace that keeps the reader engaged throughout the novel. Although the story comes off as just another contemporary fiction, it really deals with difficult topics in our society that most people don't want to go into - race, class, gender, and the prejudices that go along with them all. Recommended for fans of contemporary fiction and those who enjoy a dramatic novel that deals with tough subjects. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, well-written, funny, intelligent, and an overall good story. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A compelling, fast-paced read and a sophisticated take on the all-consuming legal workplace (which the author, an experienced attorney, richly details well beyond the barely-informed glimpse often found in similar books) and on human-heart-in-conflict stuff - the seductiveness of power; the longing for validation, fairness, and acceptance; and the dilemmas that accompany being a sometimes-unacknowledged outsider. I look forward to the next book by Helen Wan!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never worked in a law firm (thankfully) and I am not an Asian-American woman, but that did not stop me from identifying with Ingrid Yung, the compelling protagonist of Helen Wan’s debut novel, The Partner Track. Any woman in any profession would be drawn to her – and would find themselves rooting for her as she navigates her way through the minefield she finds herself in at her prestigious law firm. Her personal growth, determination and courage are inspiring. For me, a good novel demands a number of things – and this one has them all: 1. compelling characters, - some to love and admire, some to despise and distrust, some to root for and some to root against 2. an engaging plot that not only moves the story forward, but has something important to reveal, something to teach, something that leaves you with a lot to process once you are done 3. surprises, twists and momentum to keep my mind engaged as the story rolls toward its climax 4. crisp, snappy, credible dialogue that holds it all together and makes you almost feel like you are in the room, engaged in it 5. a powerful conclusion that holds on to you Clearly, Ms. Wan has “lived” in this corporate world, which gives the story its credibility. Her keen sense of observation and her determination to expose the cruelty and ignorance out there make the book a powerful piece of writing. Her Ingrid Yung, by coming to terms with the fact that she’d “spent the better part of (her) life trying to insulate (herself ) from all kinds of hurt,” has become one of my favorite female protagonists and I found myself rooting for her from the beginning. Wan has a strong voice and the force of it pulled me into her novel from the first pages and never let go until I turned the last page. I look forward to whatever is coming next!
Anonymous 20 days ago
Partner track is a well written and most entertaining story. And rare these days,it has a very good ending. A bit heavy on race/ gender bias cliches, the book nonetheless moves right along. If robots and AI squeeze out high paid but worthless folks, a good place to start would be Wall street lawyers.
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Will read her next book.