Beauty: A Novel

· Sold by Simon and Schuster
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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.
3.2
4 reviews
Third-party review
I enjoyed this book. I loved the main character, dubbed Beauty by her fisherman fan. The details about the area the book is set in make me want to travel north and check out some of these fishing ...
Third-party review
Carol McLean grew up outside of Detroit, fixing up nearly beyond-repair cars, not pretty, just one of the guys. Well into middle-age, she's chasing the dream of running her own company by shuttering ...
Third-party review
Carol is an employee of a NY firm that sends her to companies that are failing in order to kill them. Hence, she has acquired the nickname, "Beast." She was promised her own company after one last job ...

About the author

Frederick Dillen is an award-winning author whose short fiction has appeared in literary quarterlies and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. His first novel, Hero, was named Best First Novel of 1994 by the Dictionary of Literary Biography. His second novel, Fool, was honored by Nancy Pearl as a Book Lust Rediscoveries selection in 2012. Dillen and his wife, Leslie, are parents of two grown daughters and live in New Mexico.

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