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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477436898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477436899
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,606,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A practicing attorney by day,Sheryl Sorrentino is the author of three other indie titles: Later With Myself: The Misadventures of Millie Moskowitz (a women’s fiction work that recounts a twelve-year-old girl’s devastating adolescent pregnancy), An Unexpected Exile (which takes readers on a relentless, romantic ride with Risa, a 29-year old Jewish fashion merchandiser, and Arturo, her charismatic Sandinista pursuer), and Stage Daughter, an award-winning exposé of single-motherhood, blended families, and religious intolerance in the post 9-11 age. Known for her edgy and dark-yet-humorous fiction, she is a Goodreads Author and regular blogger (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5047869.Sheryl_Sorrentino/blog) who lives in the California Bay Area with her husband and daughter. Visit Sheryl Sorrentino's website at www.sherylsorrentino.com, or her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sheryl.sorrentino.

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Sheryl Sorrentino is the literary pseudonym of Myra S. Mitzman, a successful business and real estate attorney who conceived and wrote her first novel, Later With Myself: The Misadventures of Millie Moskowitz, after her father died and his well-kept family secret shed new light on shocking events that had haunted her from childhood.

Immediately after launching this captivating and painfully "memoir-esque" autobiographical fiction work, Sheryl penned An Unexpected Exile, fast-paced women's fiction that exposes the psychological inner workings of Risa Weinberg, its 29-year-old protagonist whose capitalist guilt and sexual bewilderment all but derail her purported personal and professional aspirations (a uniquely female phenomenon with which Sheryl is all too familiar).

With her August 2012 launch of her third novel, The Floater, Sheryl offered readers a controversial-yet-sensitive story about a mature female protagonist (Norma Reyes) who takes on the private demons and occupational hazards threatening her prospects for happiness. Called "The Rocky of Legal Dramas" by New York Times best-selling author Ken Morris, The Floater proves that, while justice may be hard to come by, there's always equal opportunity to succeed in love.

Through her edgy, pull-no-punches writing style, Sheryl has forged a unique subgenre of women's fiction that she calls, "Real Fiction for Real Women™"-socially-significant, culturally-inclusive stories of women's real-life struggles presented in a compelling, intimate, and always entertaining voice. Endorsed by Compulsion Reads and a Finalist in the Chick Lit/Women's Lit Fiction category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards, Stage Daughter (Sheryl's fourth novel) continues the trend with a thought-provoking story featuring a biracial/bisexual mom, a traditional Muslim dad, and their illegitimate pre-teen daughter-three highly diverse but inextricably connected characters grappling with single-motherhood, adolescent rebellion, blended families, and religious intolerance.

Sheryl Sorrentino lives in the California Bay Area with her husband and daughter.





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Just like the rest of us Norma is faced with more than a few obstacles and hurdles to overcome.
M.C. Walker
Great book, gives up a look into a role of a "Floater" in a law firm where she is unappreciated dealing with issues of racism, sexism, and classism.
MaryAnn
With a talented writer, well developed characters, and a thought provoking premise, you have a really good book - The Floater.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randall L. Wilson on August 18, 2012
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I've spent nearly twenty years of my career working in law firms big and small. And I can vouch for how well "The Floater" nails the petty power slights, the stiff hierarchy and the arrogance of the lawyers, that is all too real in the legal industry.

Norma is a believable character with plenty of street and book smarts that she earned the hard way as a middle-aged latina who couldn't rely on youth, attractiveness or her non-existent old boy's network to get ahead in this high-powered legal world. Her experience with her mother is heartbreaking and we partially relive that in the relationship with her sister.

But it is the employment discrimination suit against her law firm that supplies the core drama of the story. How will these powerful lawyers react to getting sued by a member of their support staff? Will she win? Can she keep her job at the firm even while taking its lawyers to court? There is also a wonderful cameo appearance by an East-Indian woman, Jayashri Gupta, who acts as Norma's lawyer. She is such a terrific counterpoint to the scumbag attorneys that mistreat Norma and she serves as the source of the novel's moral hope.

The heart of the novel is found in the love affair between Norma and Oscar Peterson, the African American who is the firm's copy center manager. He finds the damning evidence that allows Norma to pursue her lawsuit and he supports completely in her lawsuit and also in her life. Oscar is a strong, good man but he is far from perfect. A bit of a hot head who had an affair while married to his first wife. I liked him a lot maybe because of how he overcame his flaws and that could explain Norma's attraction to him as well.

This is the third of Sheryl Sorrentino's novels I've read and while all of them are riveting, "The Floater" reflects a writer who has made big leaps as novelist. I'm enthusiastically awaiting her next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on July 21, 2014
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In "The Floater" by Sheryl Sorrentino we meet 46 year old, Norma Reyes, a Hispanic woman who has just graduated from law school. Instead of working as a lawyer, she is working at a large, high powered law office as a "floater" secretary. Initially, she believes that the slow economy is the reason she hasn't been hired by the firm where she worked as a summer intern but she soon discovers that this is a blatant case of discrimination. Norma is a caregiver to her Mom who is suffering from dementia, her sister is a former drug addict and her nephew is severely Autistic. Does she have the courage and the fortitude to take on this Goliath? Norma is a complicated character with a lot of depth, a woman torn between her obligations to her family and her duty to herself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Schneider on January 13, 2014
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I am amazed by how many hot-button issues were addressed in this riveting book--interracial relationships, workplace discrimination, blended families, cultural differences, the glass ceiling--all such current societal concerns. I found myself rooting for the main character, Norma, in her quest for justice for herself and others like her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on August 9, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book! Definitely a page turner; those are the kinds of books I prefer and "The Floater" delivered.

As a family of immigrants myself, I felt very much in touch with Norma Reyes, the struggles and successes. Caring for your own family, especially the elderly, is a common characteristic. If you are not familiar with those kinds of family relationships, you may learn something new or realize you are blessed for not having to go through something like that.

I was also intrigued by the legal aspects of the book. Although some parts are quite realistic and others perhaps not so much, I was intrigued by the turn of events and the actions and outcomes of a smart and ethical lawyer.

The books is not necessarily about law or about an immigrant (Norma Reyes is of Puerto Rican descent and born in the U.S.); it is more about a smart woman trying to overcome her own obstacles and find herself while obtaining the rewards she has been looking for and working towards for years. You can't help cheering for her.

This is a recommended read. Can't wait to read Sheryl Sorrentino's next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BellaChica on April 11, 2013
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I enjoyed this novel which deals with the discrimination a Puerto Rican woman suffers at the hands of a big law firm.

Norma Reyes had decided in her 40's to pursue a legal career primarily to make big money to support her many family members dependent on her. After having completed her education, she begins the processing of interning at a law firm in hopes of being hired. Her plans take a detour when she is not offered a 1st year associates position. In her desperation to get to this "big bucks" she takes a position as a floater at the same firm where subsequently she finds out she is a victim of discrimination.

This is a strong and powerful story of Norma's fight when she finds out through her love interest that she was discriminated against.

There's a variety of emotions running through this story:
While with Oscar, it seems to me that Norma is always crying. Her love affair with him is clouded over by a past secret and that is issue she needs to deal with.
She is embarrassed by her affair with her loser landlord.
She is the unloved child of her mother.
She is emotionally abused by her drug dependent sister.
And now she works in a law firm where she is treated poorly because of her race, age and gender.

Ms. Sorrentino packed alot of emotional baggage in the story and then creates the uber-strong character of Oscar to help Norma. I liked him but he was just a little too much. He always seemed able to solve the current situation.

As for Norma her character did grate on my nerves. Her insistence at staying on with the same law firm that put her through her ordeal portrayed someone who was insecure.
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