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The Floater by Sheryl Sorrentino is a realistic, gripping, gritty story centered around 46-year-old Norma Reyes and her life. Norma Reyes is a recent law school graduate and The Floater describes the classic struggle of a modern woman who is trying to shatter the glass ceilings that still exist in today's world. Norma is a Puerto Rican who educates herself against all odds, joins a prestigious law firm, and hopes to climb the corporate ladder to create a better life for herself. However, she ends up being assigned a job as a "floater," someone who is expected to do odd jobs for people around the office. The book perfectly captures the power struggles, ego wars, and sometimes discriminatory practices that occur in the corporate legal world. During her time as a floater, Norma meets Oscar and their relationship is portrayed in a beautiful, yet realistic way. The book deals with several topics such as drug abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, inter-racial relationships, as well as discrimination based on age, gender, and race.

Sheryl Sorrentino has a powerful, attention-grabbing writing style that is gritty and even graphic at times, but never boring. Sheryl manages to capture the legal world and the people that inhabit it perfectly with a keen eye for detail. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the professional world of an attorney. But more than that, this book is about people and especially women in today's modern world, their struggles and personal relationships. All in all, this is an enthralling read and I would highly recommend it.
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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: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,019,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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).

Her third novel, The Floater, offers 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.

Endorsed by Compulsion Reads and a Finalist in the Chick Lit/Women's Lit Fiction category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards, Sheryl's fourth novel, Stage Daughter, features a biracial/bisexual mom, a traditional Muslim dad, and their illegitimate pre-teen daughter grappling with single-motherhood, adolescent rebellion, blended families, and religious intolerance. This thought-provoking tale is told in the alternating voices of these three highly diverse but inextricably connected characters.

Newly released Stop & Frisk is Sheryl's latest page-turner. Called "A million times better than Road House the movie!", Stop & Frisk exposes strip club life through the eyes of a street-smart "everyman" struggling for closure and kinship.

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 (and now men's!) real-life struggles presented in a compelling, intimate, and always entertaining voice. Sheryl Sorrentino lives in the California Bay Area with her husband and daughter.

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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By XmasBeba on October 26, 2012
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It's been awhile since I've written a book review. I was saving my energy to trash, Fifty Shades of Grey, but I still can't do it - too much anger spewing, and not enough energy.

Okay, moving along, to a much better book. Okay, that's not a very good compliment, since anything is better than Fifty Shades of Grey...ha! Seriously though, I just finished reading the book, The Floater, by Sheryl Sorrentino, and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Funny thing, I only read the book because I got a random email in my Goodreads account, by a stranger who recommended it to me based on the fact that I had listed "When I was Puerto Rican," as a book that I liked. I was a bit skeptical at first, especially after looking at the cover. I don't know why, but the cover made me think it was cheesy, but then I thought, "what the heck?" And I gave it a shot. I am so glad that I did because I now have another author to add to my books-I-cannot-wait-to-read-list. At the surface, this book seems like an easy read, chick-lit, but honestly, it's not. Yes, it was quiet enjoyable, easy to read, and very funny at times, but it had thought provoking topics, it had issues that tug at your heart. I would compare it to a good Julia Roberts movie, yes, most of them are "chick flicks," but look at the serious issues in the story of Erin Brockovich. That's this book.

First, I'll start by saying that this author is a very good writer. I have read books with great potential, that have fallen short because the author just couldn't pull it off. This isn't the case with Sorrentino, actually the opposite is true; because she is a talented writer the story comes to life and is believable. I mean, I thought that the woman was Puerto Rican - that's how authentic her Puerto Rican characters are.
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