A New Novel Takes on Work/Life Balance
Hint: It doesn’t exist
If Elisabeth Egan’s debut novel, A Window Opens, makes you want to run out and kiss your loved ones and your carbon-based books, rest assured that you’re not alone. We’ll explain.
Alice Pearse--a happily married part-time books editor and full-time mom of three--has a good thing going until her husband decides to make a radical career change, forcing her to go back to work full-time in order to keep their household afloat. When she’s approached via Twitter about an opportunity at Scroll, a hip start-up reminiscent of Amazon that promises her a front-row seat to the future of reading, she leaps at the chance. A satisfying job and a happy home life? Alice is psyched.
But then her dad’s cancer comes back. And her once-happy husband starts drinking too much. And her best friend--who owns an independent bookstore--gets fed up with her commitment to a place that believes in a “paper is poison” motto. Oh, and then there’s the mom guilt. When her job starts digressing from its original mission, Alice knows she has to reevaluate.
Egan--who’s currently the books editor at Glamour magazine and also did a brief stint at Amazon--weaves firsthand experience about the digital publishing world into a fresh and funny take on the age-old quest for work/life balance. Her bottom line: The struggle is real.