Manny calmly considered Steph as she spoke to the staff in the boardroom. Steph had a short haircut that emphasized her high cheekbones and flawless skin. She was dressed to the hilt in a well-tailored suit that flattered her stunning figure. She was young, late twenties at most, Manny figured, and she was going to go far. Manny estimated she’d last two years in the new job and no more than three. There was no doubt in Manny’s mind that Steph would be running the company by the time she was forty-five.
Not for the first time, Manny vaguely wondered where her own life was going. With a silent sigh, she refocused on Steph’s introductory pep talk.
“…and I’m looking forward to working with all of you.”
Steph beamed at everyone, and her smile didn’t waver even in the face of the awkward silence that filled the room. With a determined glint in her eyes, Steph turned to Manny.
“And I’m particularly looking forward to working with you, Manny,” she continued. “I know I’m going to learn so much from you. Why, you’re practically an institution around here! You’ve been here forever; you know everything there is to know about how this branch and the entire organization operates. I mean, you’ve been working here, in the same role, for fifteen years! That’s amazing–and shows us how dedicated you are, and how much you’re needed in your position. From what Craig told me, I don’t think we could function without you! And I know I speak for everyone in this organization, from the President on down, when I say we look forward to having you with us, doing what you do, for the next fifteen years!”
Oh. My. Fucking. God.
For the last fifteen years, Rose “Manny” Mankowski has been a very good girl. She turned her back on her youthful fancies and focused on her career. But now, at the age of 45, she’s questioning her choices and feeling more and more disconnected from her own life. When she’s passed over for promotion and her much younger new boss implies Manny’s life will never change, something snaps. In the blink of an eye, she’s quit her job, sold her house and cashed in her pension, and she’s leaving town on a six month road trip.
After placing a personal ad for a travelling companion, she’s joined in her mid-life crisis by Zeke Powell, the cynical, satirical, most-read – and most controversial – blogger for the e-magazine, What Women Want. Zeke’s true goal is to expose Manny’s journey as a pitiful and desperate attempt to reclaim her lost youth – and increase his readership at the same time. Leaving it all behind for six months is just an added bonus.
Now, armed with a bagful of destinations, a fistful of maps, and an out-spoken imaginary friend named Harvey, Manny’s on a quest to rediscover herself – and taking Zeke along for the ride.
Genre – ChickLit, Contemporary Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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