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Gaynor, Jessie


9780593447895, 0593447891

Trade Paperback


A desperate young publicist tries to save her career by turning the charismatic leader of a grungy retreat center into the hot new self-care brand in this “wildly funny, laser-eyed” (Michael Cunningham) debut novel.

"A satire both cutting and careful in its approach, The Glow is a triumph." - Elle

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Jane Dorner, account manager at a flashy New York public relations firm, has two modes: PR Jane, twenty-five, chummy, and eager to sell you a feminist vibrator or a self-care-slash-bereavement subscription box; and Actual Jane, twenty-nine, drifting through mediocre workdays and lackluster dates while paralyzed by her crushing mountain of medical debt. When her job performance is called into question, Jane's last-ditch effort to keep her livelihood and pay off her debt is to land a white whale of a client.

Enter the impossibly gorgeous Cass, whom Jane discovers scrolling through Instagram, and her unassuming husband, Tom, the proprietors of a “wellness retreat” based out of a ramshackle house in the New Jersey countryside that may or may not be giving off cult vibes. Suddenly, Jane realizes she might have found the one ladder she can climb—if she can convince them that transforming Cass herself into a high-end wellness brand is the key to all three of their futures. Magnetic yet mysterious, Cass is primed to be an influencer: she speaks exclusively in what sounds like a mix of inspirational quotes and Zen koans, only eats zucchini (the most spiritually nourishing vegetable), and has baby-perfect skin. Despite Tom’s reticence about selling out, Jane sets about molding Cass into the kind of guru who can bring you inner peace and make your skin glow—all for a hefty price, of course. As she reckons with her own long-dormant ambitions and the trade-offs that come with power and influence, she wonders: Are helping people and making money mutually exclusive? And once you become a girlboss, can you ever go back?

Sparklingly plotted, deliciously deadpan, and irresistibly entertaining, The Glow is a razor-sharp sendup of an industry built on the peculiar intersection of money and wellness, where health is a commodity and self-care a luxury.

The Glow (Paperback)

SKU: 9780593447895

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