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Reading "Merger" also offered me perspective on topics I hadn't thought deeply about before -- such as the universality of office politics (and how to deal with them in a way that's true to yourself, yet acknowledges "the rules"); how an effective, successful woman moves about in the business world; and how women can choose to support each other in our individual choices rather than competing and comparing.
The best part? Snider imparts her impressive knowledge and wisdom via a story, plot and characters I never wanted to leave! Although this wasn't a book I could "inhale" in a sitting or two (I needed time to digest some of the ideas and concepts), it was compelling and got me involved emotionally.
As you might guess, I highly recommend this book. It would make a fantastic book club choice -- I guarantee you'd have incredible discussions!
Merger's main characters, Jane and Charlie, are real in a surreal world. Most people know the lack of logical progress in the business world, but Jane and Charlie seem to face that progress and meet it head on. From the moment they meet at the investment bank, the reader is curious to learn where their paths will take them. I found myself rooting for them at some steps, and at others wanting them to be a bit more challenged to see how they'd meet those challenges. I think the prime challenge facing them was that of breaking out of the mold: the mold for women and men, the mold for bank employees and the mold of corporate America.
At the same time, Jane and Charlie are facing the personal issues of work, life and love and how to balance the three. Although I tend not to delve into the romantic side of stories, I found myself wanting them to succeed. Wanting them to make it work. I think it's the character of Charlie who made this story real, whose determination was palpable. He wants to make a difference and wasn't going to stop until he succeeded. At the same time, I could identify with Jane, who was determined to make this work on another level. There is no question that the corporate life will always be a challenge for women but Jane's success makes women want to push for it.
I recommend this book to anyone who's curious to read about the business world, or who enjoys a well-written romance. It will not disappoint and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
"aha!" moments in this book. Navigating the right way in the corporate world takes a skill set that nobody told me about, and were not in my college textbooks. A Merger of Equals tells you all about it!!
I also identified with her Firm being so much like the one that I came from. Made me realize again how fortunate I am to work at where I do.
I think the only thing that was lacking was realy discourse on how characters in the book - most of whom are career focused - handled those who disagreed with their decision to stay on the career track after having kids. The concerns Jane has about having kids in the first place are dealt with in great detail. I have many of the same concerns, so I absorbed much from this. However, once children are part of the picture everything just works itself out for most of the characters. I would have liked Jane to approach the after-child challenges with the same level of attention.