BOOKS - SUMMARY
- A MATTER OF GRACE
Through the course of the novel, we follow Ann McKenzie as Joy leads her into the bowels of Manhattan and the world of the dispossessed and homeless. We learn more about the pressure-cooker life in the world of advertising sales as we watch Lugano battle demons in her life that are both real and imagined. We meet, Jack Conner, the youngest member of the ad sales team, who, eager to move up, initiates an affair with Ann McKenzie. And, despite his reputation and her fear of being used, Ann invites his attention. We meet, Hugh Wagner, a 62 year-old veteran of the TV business who disapproves of the bet, is leery of the sincerity of any office romance, and is keenly aware of the changing social climate of the world outside as he acts like a megaphone of doom with daily reports of plant closings and continual layoffs. But it is Hugh who ultimately holds a card over Lugano's head that could prove to be her undoing, if McKenzie is tough enough to use it.
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