Angel Robinson loves books, loves reading, loves anything to do with the written word. But when Blue Moon Books, the Bay Area bookstore where she has worked since college, is squeezed out of business, Angel is forced to find a new job. She lucks into a position as the assistant to the world-renowned literary agent Lucy Fiamma.
Angel soon learns that working for Lucy is no picnic. The agent has a blockbuster ego to match her blockbuster success and Angel must juggle both her boss’s prima donna demands and the strange quirks of her authors. But Angel soon becomes indispensable to the agency and develops a keen understanding of big projects and the writers who create them.
“But reading was only part of the thrill that a book represents. [Angel] got a dizzy pleasure from the weight and feel of a new book in my hand, a sensual delight from the smell and crispness of the pages. I loved the smoothness and bright colors of their jackets. For me, a stacked, unread pyramid of books was one of the sexiest architectural designs there was. Because what I loved most about books was their promise, the anticipation of what lay between the covers, waiting to be found.” (pg. 4)
One day a chapter from a mysterious manuscript by an anonymous author arrives at the office. Set in a New York literary agency, the novel, titled Blind Submission, centers on the ambitious assistant to a successful literary agent. Angel is pulled in by the plot-but her initial curiosity soon turns to panic. As the story unfolds-with chapters e-mailed in one by one-it becomes clear that the mystery author is writing the story of Angel’s own life, including secrets she thought were deeply hidden. Someone is watching her, even plotting against her. Could it be her backstabbing coworker, her jealous boyfriend, or her seductive new client?
Stephanie over at The Written Word wrote a review about Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg a couple of weeks ago and I immediately added it to my TBR list. I packed the book for my trip to Boston and Philly but read all 328 pages on the drive from Amherst, Massachusetts to New Jersey.
I really enjoyed this novel. While the horrible boss theme has been done before , the e-mailed murder novel is a nice twist. It’s a quick read that was easy to read, but enjoyable all the same.
- Ginsberg, Debra. Blind Submission. New York: Shaye Areheart Books, 2006. Print. 336 pgs. ISBN: 9780307346049. Source: Library.