2017-08-16 / Book Review

Camille Perri's Debut Novel, The Assistants, Makes A Relevant Splash

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Assistants by Camille Perri is $16, 280 pages and available at amazon.com and Barnes & Noble (and on the bookseller’s website) barnesandnoble.com.Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Assistants by Camille Perri is $16, 280 pages and available at amazon.com and Barnes & Noble (and on the bookseller’s website) barnesandnoble.com.Camille Perri’s debut book The Assistants has been called by Vanity Fair magazine, “wickedly funny debut”.

The Assistants combines a delicious revenge fantasy with a bull’s eye portrait of well-educated 20- and 30-somethings struggling to rise above their “lowly, demeaning,” assistant-level jobs.

There’s a lot to talk about and still be humorous on being an assistant, income inequality, and struggling with student loan debt while seeing so much money being spent, which is the central struggle of the character in the book. The seed to Perri’s writing this novel was the day she had two windows open on her work computer – she was filing her boss’ expenses while simultaneously making her monthly student loan payment. It was a funny “aha!” moment that made her wonder what she’d do if she weren’t an honest person. That “what if” led to her writing “The Assistants!”

Her story really is the experience of a whole debt-laden generation.

“The Assistants” made a huge splash at publication last spring with glowing reviews from People, Elle, O Magazine, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Us Weekly, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Post, the Associated Press, the Skimm, The Hollywood Reporter, and more; appeared on spring and summer must-read lists everywhere, including Vogue.com, Glamour.com, Cosmo.com, RealSimple.com, InStyle.com, Vulture, PopSugar, Bustle, Refinery29, Huffington Post, BookRiot, HelloGiggles, and domino.com and was featured on over 50 blogs.

A savvy blend of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Office Space,” with a nod to such classics as “Working Girl” and “9 to 5,” The Assistants brilliantly captures the income-inequality angst that motivates a group of smart, underpaid young women to take matters into their own hands with a clever embezzlement scheme calculated to get them their piece of the pie.

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, The Assistants by Camille Perri is $16, 280 pages and available at amazon.com and Barnes & Noble (and on the bookseller’s website) barnesandnoble.com.

Click here to read to Gazette article on Perri's visit to the Astoria Bookshop where her book is proudly sold.

http://www.qgazette.com/news/2017-04-19/Features/The_Assistants_Author_C...

–Jason D. Antos

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