‘Mercury in Retrograde’ is a debut novel by Paula Froelich, which has become a New York Times bestseller. This 272-page novel was published by Atria Books in June 2009. This novel details three professional women whose lives are drastically altered, eventually coming together to live in the same apartment building, and concluding that it was the best thing that could have happened to them.
Penelope Mercury is a reporter for the New York Telegraph. She does everything within her power to promote herself to her boss, who sends her to the streets for trivial stories. After an extremely bad day where she starts off sick, learns she doesn’t get promoted to the courtroom reporter job she applied for, accidentally starts a fire in the office, and throws up on her boss, she quits; but her boss also fired her at the same time. After applying for approximately nine other jobs, she is hired as an assistant producer (a/k/a gopher) for New York’s other local cable channel, New York Access.
Lena Lippencrass was raised by parents with wealth and taught to live the life of a socialite. She is editor for the Y magazine. Her parents, who had all provided her with everything she wanted, cancelled her credit cards and kicked her out of their apartment where she lived. Only by returning home and working for her father’s company would she continue to reap the same benefits. Lena refuses to move back home and must learn how to pay bills on her own.
Dana Gluck is a lawyer for a prestigious law firm. After two years of marriage and hoping to get pregnant, she finds out her husband is having an affair with a model. She divorces her husband and soon learns that his new wife is pregnant.
Through mutual friends, these three women with different backgrounds come together when Lena and Dana move into the SoHo apartment building where Penelope lives. Each one reflects on their lives, their relationship and where they want to be. Their new lives take them on a path none of them expected, but realized it was the path they were meant to take. Together, they let go of the past to find love and happiness.
As a new author, Paula Froelich did an excellent job in her ability to engage the reader in this somewhat humorous look at the lives of three young women from different worlds but with similar wants and needs. The title of the book was so appropriate. Her story-telling ability was refreshing.
Ms. Froelich ensured each character received the same level of exposure and detail. She provided an excellent synopsis of the working environment of many women to where most people can relate to one or more aspects. It was a greatly entertaining, face-paced book, offering a wonderful message to all that things don’t always work out in one’s life as expected, and that one must work hard at creating another avenue to seek and ensure happiness.
For more information about Paula Froelich, go to http://paulafroelich.com/. You can purchase or order this book through Barnes & Noble at Northpark Mall on E. Kimberly Road, Davenport, www.barnesandnoble.com, or Borders on 53rdStreet, Davenport, www.borders.com.
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