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I recognized these people from my own work life and Rosa is a favorite character. This book is smart and has a heart.
I almost regretted this book. It took a while for me to get into the story which I blame a bit on how they introduce the characters. I think it made sense for reading a book but on audible it made it seem like they were going to chronicle true stories or something. Anyways this turned out to be an awesome book. I loved how the characters overlapped and how each story showed their perceptions on things going on.
This Could Hurt is well-observed novel of office relations - their hopes, desperations, fears, ambitions, boredom - at a time of downturn in a corportate NYC.
We get to follow the lives of five characters who all have their 'dead sheep in a farmer's field' moment. How do they react to the feeling and evidence of balance sheets that the firm they work for might be headed down the pan. And them with it.
So many issues were explored or hinted at or caused me to think about. How do we define friendship? Can you have friends at work? Do we work to live or live to work? Is the ladder of your life up against the right wall? Or is it a matter of wrong ladder, wrong wall? Is there a right wall? Is there a perfect job? Is there a perfect mate? A perfect house? A perfect car? A perfect number of children? Is everything a vanity and striving after the wind? Was Ellery worth the aggro, the broken health, the broken hearts, the broken dreams, the broken trust, the broken intrinsic values, the broken human relationships. Is the brass ring of the corner office worth all the clinging to the wreckage, the backstabbing, the loss of self?
I thought story wandered about a bit, the ending not satisfactory - but then that might have been part of the author's intent. No contract is ever truly a done deal. T's are left uncrossed; i's undotted.
All the narrators were very good.
Worth the listen and I'm certainly glad the author tackled that cinderella department of corporate America HR so effectively.