Featuring an eclectic clan of co-conspirators, a love interest far too handsome to be trusted, and a razor sharp voice full of wry humor, The Assistants is a rallying cry for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid women who are asking themselves “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?” Read More »
Rule #1: All important men have assistants. Rule #2: Men rule the world. Still. Rule #3: There is enough money. There is so much money.
Tina Fontana is a 30-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making reservations and pouring drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, the glamor of working for a media company in New York has completely faded, and her student loan debt has not.
When a technical error with Robert’s Travel & Expense report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her loans with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she hesitates. She’s always played by the rules, but it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer. As Tina begins to fall down the rabbit hole of her morally-questionable plan, other assistants with crushing debt and fewer scruples approach her to say that they want in. Before she knows it, she’s at the forefront of a movement that has implications far beyond what anyone anticipated.
Featuring an eclectic clan of co-conspirators, a love interest far too handsome to be trusted, and a razor sharp voice full of wry humor, The Assistants is a rallying cry for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid women who are asking themselves “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?”
“Anyone who has ever been an assistant will appreciate Camille Perri’s funny, honest, 100% relatable (and did I say funny?) debut novel about a band of exploited, entry-level strivers who even the score with their billionaire boss in the most ingenious way. After a long day at work, this is the book you’ll want to pick up—and, after reading it, you’ll never look at an expense report (or your colleagues) in the same way again.”
— Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens.
“Camille Perri’s THE ASSISTANTS is a hilarious romp through the world of corporate greed and the people who assist them. It’s also a great story of criminal redemption. It was a blast from start to finish.”
— Lisa Lutz, author of How to Start a Fire and The Spellman Files.
“THE ASSISTANTS is wry, thoughtful, and funny as hell. I read through the night with a huge smile on my face as lovable Tina Fontana and her raucous band of disenfranchised assistants wreak some Robin Hood-style havoc on their corporate overlords. I had no idea income inequality and grand larceny could be this much fun! I’m so glad Camille Perri did.”
— Eliza Kennedy, author of I Take You.
|Camille Perri is the books editor at large for Cosmopolitan magazine. Prior to joining Cosmopolitan, Perri served as an assistant editor at Esquire magazine, and earlier in her career, she was a ghostwriter of young adult novels and a reference librarian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College. Perri wrote the first draft of The Assistants while working as the assistant to the editor in chief of Esquire.|