I did read Templand this past week. It is about Melanie Evers trying to seek out jobs and can only find short term(Temp) jobs here and there. It explains she was well educated but still is unemployed. Here is the problem I had with this. I was depressed for her the majority of the book. She has a loser ex-boyfriend and only meets IT Dave once on a job she quits. I did like Dave and finally we see him return by the end of the book. I did like the ending and how it unraveled. I just wanted more Dave and less living in hell only eating ramen and canned meat. We did get the point her life sucked not being able to find a job. I need more development of other characters and less details of all the years of hell in her life.I would give this book a 3.3. A very goal oriented woman with bad luck. Just want more characters in her day to day life.
The heroine, Melanie Evers, is a plucky young working-class woman from Akron, Ohio struggling to support herself in Chicago in the post-9-11 economy. TEMPLAND follows Melanie's journey through the temporary employment world from a college student on "just a summer job" to a 28-year-old woman with a lot of intelligence (and a heap of student loan debt to match) through multiple layoffs and a series of ever-more-wacky temp assignments, as she struggles not only to survive, but also to find romance and always remain true to the honest, working-class values instilled in her by her beloved grandfather. In her long, solitary journey through Templand, Melanie encounters adventure and romance on her search for that always-elusive Permanent Job---which she finally gets, along with her man.
TEMPLAND is a highly entertaining, wickedly funny social satire, contemporary romance, and
mystery novel all rolled into one.
About the Author: JILL ELAINE HUGHES is a professional playwright, novelist, journalist and freelance writer with more than 15 years' experience in publishing and professional writing/editing. She has contributed to many newspapers and national magazines, including the Washington Post, theChicago Tribune, Yahoo! Shine, the Chicago Reader, the New Art Examiner, Cat Fancy magazine, and many others. Her plays have received productions nationwide and internationally, are widely published, and have been anthologized alongside Pulitzer and Tony winners. She is also a published novelist under the pen names "Jamaica Layne" and "Jay Hughes", and recently began self-publishing New Adult fiction under her own name.
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