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Courting Kathleen Hannigan Paperback – August 29, 2007
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"Wonderfully intelligent and revealing. In brisk yet thoughtful prose, Mary Hutchings Reed has wrought a juicy tale of a brilliant woman lawyer facing the toughest challenge of her career: another woman lawyer." --Lucia Blinn, author Passing for Normal and Navigating the Night
"Courting Kathleen Hannigan gives the reader a chilling but empowering sense of what might have happened to the author's fellow Yale alumna Hillary Clinton had she followed her classmates into a high-powered law firm--and what is still happening to smart, ambitious women today as they navigate the difficult line between being professionally strong and being labeled unfeminine. A must-read for any woman who has ever tried, aspires to, or is curious about breaking into a male-dominated field." --Anne Mini, Ph.D., author No Fear and A Family Darkly
"I'm so glad that someone has chosen to tell this story because so many women professionals who entered the work place in the '70s and '80s will recognize it. I could not resist loving Kitty, but reading about her dilemmas and choices was almost too personal. She made me want to call my women friends at major law firms to make sure they have the support they deserve and that they know that they are not 'the crazy ones!'" --Jane DeRenzo Pigott, Lawyer and First Female Member of the Executive Committee, Winston & Strawn
About the Author
Mary Hutchings Reed (Yale Law, '76) has been a partner in the Chicago law firms of Sidley & Austin and Winston & Strawn. She is the author of six novels, a memoir and a handful of short stories and wrote the book and lyrics for Fairways, a new musical about golf, honesty and love. She has won honors from the William Wisdom-William Faulkner Prize competitions for three of her novels. Her work also has been commended by Pariah Publishing, Writer's Digest and ByLine Magazine. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Dr. William R. Reed.
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Reed takes us behind the scenes to show how the law and show biz become darkly entangled. The book also gets us involved with a very smart, ambitous and nasty female lawyer who will stop at nothing to "make partner", including targeting Kathleen Hannigan for career destruction.
I loved every bit of Hannigan's thinking processes as she reels from one
precarious situation to the next. Along the way we feel her humanity and want to warn her about the demons that she engages from alcohol to no holds barred corporate in-fighting.
I hope we have more legal and life adventures from Kathleen Hannigan.
She is an amazing character!
ending was perfect. Kathleen was well-rounded, smart, and all too human. I particularly enjoyed your explication of
the arguments regarding women in management. It reminded me of how I had come to the same conclusions regarding women in power and that the consequences of wielding power are not gender-specific. I like that you didn't make her a crusader. You captured the nuances that women face trying to be true to themselves, trying to stay in the game, trying to maintain their integrity. While we have made some advances in the last 30 years, there is still quite a ways to go. I connected so well with your characters, I read this in two nights. Can't wait for your next book!
The characters are fully developed and funny, but speak to a sad truth. This crisp and engaging novel is a must-read for professional women of every vintage - as well as their husbands and daughters. If you are lucky enough to get this for Christmas, you will pick it up in the morning on December 26th, and you won't be able to put it down until you have read the last page.