A young attorney must choose between the prestige of partnership and the American Dream that she—and her immigrant parents—have come so close to achieving in this riveting debut
In the eyes of her corporate law firm, Ingrid Yung is a “two-fer.” As a Chinese-American woman about to be ushered into the elite rank of partner, she’s the face of Parsons Valentine & Hunt LLP’s recruiting brochures--their treasured "Golden Girl." But behind the firm’s welcoming façade lies the scotch-sipping, cigar-smoking old-boy network that shuts out lawyers like Ingrid. To compensate, Ingrid gamely plays in the softball league, schmoozes in the corporate cafeteria, and puts in the billable hours—until a horrifically offensive performance at the law firm’s annual summer outing throws the carefully constructed image way out of equilibrium.Scrambling to do damage control, Parsons Valentine announces a new “Diversity Initiative” and commands a reluctant Ingrid to spearhead the effort, taking her priority away from the enormous deal that was to be the final step in securing partnership. For the first time, Ingrid finds herself at odds with her colleagues—including her handsome, golden-boy boyfriend—in a clash of class, race, and sexual politics.
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
I am so very happy I was chosen to get an ARC of The Partner track by Helen Wan because I LOVED it! I enjoyed absolutely everything about it and found the story interesting with a great voice. I would classify it as intelligent chick lit - a story in the chick lit genre but a bit more of a story behind it that just the usual love interest though there was there too of course.
I have to divulge that I am a fan of legal shows on TV like Drop Dead Diva or The Good Wife, so it wasn't a stretch for me to fall in love with Ingrid. Everything about the legal world fascinates me for some reason, and I found it fascinating how candid Helen Wan was in describing the legal world in NYC. She seemed to be unapologetic about how she viewed things and was very frank about the descriptions and opinions of this sometimes insular community.
The book made me want to read it again as soon as I finished it - it was THAT good. I enjoyed the way the characters were portrayed and developed and the story came to a conclusion that I loved and definitely didn't expect.
Ingrid was a character that I just found myself rooting for and I wanted everything to work out for her. I could really feel her pain at times and had no problem using my imagination to put myself in her place.
I cannot recommend The Partner Track enough, and I definitely cannot wait for Helen Wan to write another book. I will probably be first in line to buy it!
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