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After learning that her job is in jeopardy, Carol MacLean, a mergers expert, must decide if she is going to close a fish processing plant in a small Massachusetts town or help the locals transform and save the company, in which case she could lose everything she's worked for.

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Fired from her unethical job in corporate acquisitions after years of holding out for a promised promotion, Carol starts over in a coastal Massachusetts fishing town where she fights to save a factory her former employer would shut down. By the award-winning author of Hero.

Simon and Schuster
An “absorbing and memorable novel” (Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children) set in the world of corporate intrigue, about a woman who must choose between her dream job and everything else—her savings, her reputation, and an unexpected chance at love.

From award-winning author Frederick Dillen, an inspiring and deeply moving novel about the power of second chances

As a corporate “undertaker” for a mergers and acquisitions firm in New York, Carol MacLean travels from factory to factory, firing blue-collar workers who remind her of her father and the kids she grew up with. She hates her job. But Carol has been biding her time: her boss has promised that one day, after she has paid her dues, Carol will get to run a company instead of having to bury it.

On what is supposed to be her last assignment, Carol travels up the coast of Massachusetts to a desperate fishing town where the late lobster and day boats cluster around the inner harbor, the blue steeples of the Portuguese church stand tall on the horizon, and the last remaining fish processing plant is in its death throes. That’s when she learns that she’s about to be fired.

To save the town and herself, Carol becomes determined to rescue the factory she’s under orders to shut down. With the help of the townspeople and a roughly charming local fisherman, and by the force of her own resolve, Carol throws herself into transforming the company—but is soon faced with increasingly difficult decisions. Must she choose between the job she has always wanted and everything else?

Beauty explores the ways in which one woman will risk everything—her savings, her reputation, and even a chance at love—in pursuit of her dream.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781476716923
Branch Call Number: FIC Dille
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 22 cm


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DavidIrons Apr 03, 2014

Beauty is terrific. Great characters, fast-moving plot, plus a rare look at 21st century American capitalism through the eyes of a savvy businesswoman.

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