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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.
--Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Just like the rest of us Norma is faced with more than a few obstacles and hurdles to overcome.
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.
With a talented writer, well developed characters, and a thought provoking premise, you have a really good book - The Floater.
The first thing I noticed about this story was its organized patient writing. This aspect really pulled me into the folds of its loquacious sphere, even as I tried to connect with... Read morePublished 8 months ago by RYCJ
I had a hard time with this read. In the beginning we meet Norma, a Hispanic woman who has taken the bar exam hoping to find permanent work with the law firm she has already spent... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Debbie Wilson
4.999999999 Enormously engaging on both an emotional and intellectual level. I read it without stopping. I loved it completely. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jody
In "The Floater" by Sheryl Sorrentino we meet 46 year old, Norma Reyes, a Hispanic woman who has just graduated from law school. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sandra
The Floater's insightful journey into the inner workings of Big Law ring true to life. Norma is a strong, intelligent character who fights her way from the inside and finds love... Read morePublished 12 months ago by yaldav
Sheryl Sorentino is one heck of a writer, her books get me so drawn in and not only is the story so real, touching, heartfelt etc.... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alisha
I am amazed by how many hot-button issues were addressed in this riveting book--interracial relationships, workplace discrimination, blended families, cultural differences, the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stephanie Schneider
I really enjoyed this book! Definitely a page turner; those are the kinds of books I prefer and "The Floater" delivered. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nicole
Norma Reyes is not the normal 46-year-old woman. She is a recent law school graduate supporting her elderly mother who unfortunately has dementia. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Literary Marie