About The Creepshow
An empowering story of friendship, love and one woman’s fight against workplace discrimination.
Wanda Julienne was the perfect employee. Until she had a baby.
Wanda, a thirtysomething single mother, would love to spend more time with her newborn daughter, and maybe even rekindle the flame she once had with her baby’s father. Instead, she’s stuck fighting discrimination and harassment at her horrid job.
After maternity leave, Wanda returns to her fund manager position and finds her world turned upside down. Suddenly, everything she does seems wrong—at least in the eyes of management. Add in a dose of sexual harassment, and Wanda, who can’t afford to lose her job, is trapped.
At home, the situation isn’t much brighter. Wanda struggles to balance her baby’s needs and her tough work schedule. Her best friend, Galina, and the ex-boyfriend Wanda never thought would return, Max, offer support, but the attention only suffocates her.
Wanda turns her back and isolates herself, submerged in a downward spiral, until Galina suggests a way out—but the exit won’t be without drastic consequences.
A novel of the glass ceiling: one working mother’s story of fighting sexual harassment, employment discrimination, workplace bullying and sexism so that she finally has time for her baby—and a chance at love. Fans of Biglaw by Lindsay Cameron and Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg will enjoy the empowerment and triumph over workplace discrimination in this novel.
Reading this book really hit home for me, I was once in Wanda’s shoes.
Cimino tackled a touchy topic seldom addressed with realistic ease, reading more nonfiction than fiction. The plot explores discrimination in its ugliest form as well as a detailed sketch of Wanda’s turmoil and emotional rollercoaster as she struggles with sexism along with single motherhood, not excluding her recent breakup.
Wanda is a woman of strength. She’s independent, prideful and determined. Attempting to balance career and motherhood, she soon discovers its difficulties. I must say I felt tremendous empathy towards Wanda, as the story unravels it was difficult witnessing her stumble due to her own devices. Luckily those closest to her expressed support and sound advice and she eventually discovers asking for help, making tough decisions is not a sign of weakness. No doubt Wanda is a character a majority of women will identify with as those juggling career and family strive to be superwoman tacking on much more than necessary because asking for help is unimaginable for a multitude of reasons.
Striking me the most, there was a fleeting moment when Wanda felt she must tolerate with her unacceptable and hostile work environment before it unraveled further given her situation as single parent. I experienced the same thought when I was a corporate slave….until I came to my senses much like Wanda.
A gritty, raw look examining discrimination, with all certitude women will identify with on one level or another. Cimino possess a gift with stellar characterization paired with a smart plot forcing the reader to suppose, her writing style convincing.
Adria J. Cimino is the author of Amazon Best- Selling novel Paris, Rue des Martyrs and Close to Destiny, as well as The Creepshow (release April 2016) and A Perfumer’s Secret (release May 2016).
She also co-founded boutique publishing house Velvet Morning Press. Prior to jumping into the publishing world full time, she spent more than a decade as a journalist at news organizations including The AP and Bloomberg News. Adria is a member of Tall Poppy Writers, which unites bright authors with smart readers.
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Published April 11th 2016 by Velvet Morning Press