You Look Nice Today
By Stanley Bing
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582342801, 304pp.)
Publication Date: September 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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From the best-selling author of Lloyd: What Happened, a brilliant tale about life inside the corporation; how easily such a life can unravel; and whether coming apart is really such a bad thing after all.
Robert Harbert, better known as Harb, is Executive Vice President in charge of Total Quality, a position that confers upon him great powers and a ridiculous expense account. CaroleAnne Winter is the assistant who runs his life. CaroleAnne has always brought something a little offbeat to the workplace, but as anyone at the company will tell you, she is also gorgeous, appealing, and a top-notch office manager.
As observed by our affable, eagle-eyed narrator, Fred Tell, Harb and CaroleAnne develop a relationship that's as affectionate as it is professional. But even Harb can't ignore that CaroleAnne's behavior is increasingly peculiar. At the same time, Harb begins to lose traction in the hierarchy, and suddenly, both he and his Total Quality mandate are vulnerable. It's at this moment that CaroleAnne levels a stunning charge: that she has been the target of an organized campaign of sexual harassment from her first days at the company. The investigation she demands will reach to the highest levels of the corporation. And at the center of the investigation, she insists, must be the greatest offender of all: Harb.
Combining warmth, stinging satire, and humane insight in equal parts, Stanley Bing delivers a hilarious and eminently timely novel, set in a world that everyone who's ever worked for a living will recognize as his or her own.
Stanley Bing's books include the best-sellers Throwing the Elephant and What Would Machiavelli Do?, as well as the novel Lloyd: What Happened, which is currently being developed for HBO. A columnist for Fortune, he also works for a huge multinational corporation whose identity is one of the worst-kept secrets in business.