Because She Can

  • by Bridie Clark
  • Narrated by Mary Birdsong
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is a witty and revealing roman รก clef about a woman who finally gets her dream job in book publishing, only to realize she's working for the industry tyrant. Claire Truman's life is in a holding pattern. She's spent six years languishing away at a top publishing house, waiting to be promoted to editor and stretching her ridiculously small salary as far as it will go. And, fresh from an ugly breakup, she's in the midst of her favorite moping strategy: eating her weight in pizza. But when her best friend drags her to an art gallery opening, her life takes flight.
When she sees Randall Cox, the man she spent her entire college career lusting after, she can hardly believe her good luck. And when he marches over, strikes up a conversation and asks her to dinner, she thinks she's walking on air. The next morning, when the top editor at a rival publishing house calls her (at Randall's suggestion) with a job offer - complete with a promotion and three times her current salary - Claire believes she's getting everything she's ever wanted.
But be careful what you wish for. Vivian Grant, her new boss, is even worse than the industry gossip led her to believe. From her middle-of-the-night phone calls, her impossible demands, the ridiculous hours, and her insulting and vicious verbal attacks, Vivian piles on the work and the abuse. As work demands more and more of her time and her soul, will Randall Cox remain her Prince Charming?


What the Critics Say

"Clark...nails the dark side of the vulgar, spiteful boss archetype....[T]hose in the Page Six and Lloyd Grove set will appreciate this devilish read." (Publishers Weekly)
"Vivian's vitriolic tantrums are laugh-out-loud funny." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The other man

This book did have a similar feel to The Devil Wears Prada except that it was a bit less over the top in its characterization. ( A bit less.)
What made it a wonderful choice, was the work of the narrator, which was exceptionally strong. She has good writing and a strong heroine to work with.
The only reason I gave it three stars, instead of four, was the very sad relationship between the heroine and her (soon to be ex) fiance. This is a very present and complicated story line, which takes up far more of the book than the 'true love' she finds at the end. I found their attempt to love each other, even though they didn't love each other unbearably sad. Particularly hard to feel good about their break up since the fiance is lost and sad rather than dislikeable.
If pure romance is not an issue for you, you might very well enjoy the book despite that.
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- Kelley "Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures."

Beware of Profanity!!

Would you try another book from Bridie Clark and/or Mary Birdsong?

No, due to the excessive profanity.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect was the main character's heart.
The least interesting was the vulgar boss.

How could the performance have been better?

Eliminate profanity and expound more on the relationship of the ones who feel in love.

What character would you cut from Because She Can?

The vulgar boss

Any additional comments?

This could have been a good book, but it was ruined by the excessive profanity.

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- Chaz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio