Promising Young Women
What an unexpected find. I really enjoyed this novel and will be happily passing it on to others to enjoy.
The premise is this; our protagonist (Jane) has a fairly solid, normal life – the usual ups and downs of a millennial – but nothing too crazy; except she has a secret life – she’s an online agony aunt “Jolly Politely”. Jolly is really a bit of an alter ego and as a woman who speaks her own mind and is never short of an opinion. Jane’s work had always been a job, but after a relationship breakup it becomes a career and she discovers she quite likes her job. At the same time, she realises that someone at her job quite likes her. Problem is, it’s her married boss. ‘Promising Young Women’, on the surface, appears to be a novel about exploring the issues around being a young, working woman, especially one in a strong, male dominated environment.
However, it’s a novel about more than this, it a novel about power, sex, fear, knowing yourself and about how the advice we give is often not as easy to follow when the shoe is on the other foot.
I adored this novel – it was surprisingly insightful and had amazing moments of lightness and moments of exploring the very dark parts of the human mind. It is always a pleasure to think you’re reading a light novel about one thing and then to discover the author has artfully taken you on a journey to an unforeseen place. Bliss!
About the Author
Caroline O’Donoghue is a Contributing Editor for The-Pool.com who has written for Glamour, The Irish Times and Buzzfeed. She also co-hosts the podcast, School for Dumb Women. Find out more on Twitter @Czaroline or at https://www.czaroline.com/.