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Terminal Ambition: A Maggie Mahoney Novel Paperback – March 24, 2012
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"Author Kate McGuinness does a terrific job highlighting the challenges that are all too familiar to women in the working world. An intriguing portrayal of discrimination and harassment, Terminal Ambition is a must read." Susan Estrich Fox News Commentator
"A terrific, smart, honest book. Kate McGuinness knows how to write a suspenseful page-turner." Will Meyerhofer, JD MSW, Author: Way Worse Than Being a Dentist
"From its dramatic opening ona mountain top to intriguing scenes inside the walls of a powerful law firm, this page-turner offers readers a wild ride they won't soon forget." Steven J. Harper, Author: The Partnership
"Every working woman should read this book! Author Kate McGuinness both entertains and educates, inspires and motivates women and men who work with them to claim the rights that are theirs by law and more. Brilliant, passionate, Terminal Ambition could revolutionize how you think about going to work and what you can do there." Kathleen Barry, Professor Emerita Pennsylvania State University Author: Female Sexual Slavery
"A gritty legal thriller. . . that pivots on the theme of sexual harassment. This page-turner book not only illuminates one of the most persistent and important gender-justice problems of the day but it also raises thorny moral questions that challenge every woman or man who seeks success in the top professions of our society. A must read for lawyers and nonlawyers alike." Roy L. Brooks, Professor of Law University of San Diego
"The issues addressed in McGuinness' intriguing first novel Terminal Ambition - from acquaintance rape to sexual harassment - are ones that will be all too familiar to her readers. Heroine Maggie Mahoney's courage in challenging the status quo will inspire young women to speak up and take action in their own lives." Abigail Collazo, Editor Fem2pt0
"In Maggie Mahoney, McGuinness has created a vivid and engaging protagonist, who possesses grit, integrity and a burning desire for justice. Surely admirable qualities for a lawyer---but they may yet bring about her destruction." Claire McNab, Former President Sisters in Crime
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This book would satisfy if it were only a legal thriller, but it's more than that. Its subject is sexual discrimination and harassment in a huge legal institution. This is a topic that maters to all of us, not just women. I have not experienced the criminal harassment that some of the women in this book do. I do know women who have; it's something that spreads across the industries of our nation. From what one of my friends told me, when she finally got the courage up to complain to the highest levels of her company, her bosses did--exactly nothing. I would say that their lack of action damaged their personal integrity. And the perpetrator faced no consequences at all. What did untrammeled freedom to abuse do for his character? The issues raised in this book are important for our society--and our souls.
There's more. Author Kate McGuinness includes the first chapter of the sequel to Terminal Ambition. Wow! It looks like book #2 in the series will be as thrilling and suspenseful as book #1. I hope she writes fast!
Linda Egenes is the co-author of Super Healthy Kids: A Parents' Guide to Maharishi Ayurveda and other books.
I love that the firm's initials are SOB.
I have practiced employment law since 1980. Yet, I received an education as to the subjective and objective damage caused by sexual harassment.
The next Maggie Mahoney Mystery cannot come soon enough for me.
I follow the author on Twitter and thoroughly enjoy the articles she provides, and I downloaded the book in a show of support. I have to admit, I wasn't hooked from the first pages - the beginning seemed out of place with the rest of the book, but it did its job of setting up Maggie's character.
What I liked most about this book was it's realness. Sexual harassment doesn't have to be overt - something this novel highlights fantastically. This book lends a voice to women everywhere - especially those who are afraid of being looked at as a 'problem' employee if they report harassment.
I know there are plenty of women out there who are fighting the same fight - but we definitely need more real life Maggie Mahoneys.
All in all, a quick, solid, and thought-provoking read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
From the adjacent reviews, you know that this story involves sexual harassment within a major law firm. What grabbed me particularly is the unfolding and progression of how the workplace politics (sexual and not) play out -- how lines get crossed and how all the participants' lives, in turn, are affected. The novel is a window into large firm culture and how the different characters stand up to the pressures -- to produce, to serve, to get ahead -- that are part of life as we all try to move up the ladder.
A really fun read! Looking forward to more from Kate McGuinness!