How Far She's Come (Paperback)
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062749925, 416pp.
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
From the highly acclaimed author of Don’t Try to Find Me and This is Not Over comes the unforgettable, harrowing story of a young broadcast journalist who discovers a mysterious diary from a female broadcaster in 1991 featuring startling—and frightening—parallels to her own life.
You might be wondering what a diary from 1991 has to do with you. You're about to find out. Those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it…
Twenty-four-year-old Cheyenne Florian has just received her dream job offer. On the strength of a few vlogs, she’s recruited to be the new correspondent on the recently hatched Independent News Network, INN.
With the slogan “Because independent thinking is the only way out,” INN has branded itself as innovative. Yet once Cheyenne joins the INN team, she finds age-old dynamics in play. Some of the female staff resent her meteoric rise, while a number of the men are only too happy to welcome her. Then there’s the diary left for her anonymously, written in 1991 by a female broadcaster named Elyse Rohrbach. The mysterious diary is accompanied by a note, urging Cheyenne to learn from the past. She wants to believe it’s intended as inspiration and friendly advice, or at most, a warning. But as disturbing—and increasingly dangerous—parallels begin to emerge, she starts to wonder if something more sinister is at work.
It’s almost as if someone is engineering the similarities in Cheyenne’s life to match those from Elyse’s past, like she’s a pawn in a very twisted game. But Cheyenne is determined to rewrite the rules and play her own game. Though they’re separated by more than twenty-five years, Elyse and Cheyenne are forced to learn the same lesson: Nothing is more threatening than a woman who doesn’t yet know her own power…
Praise For How Far She's Come: A Novel…
“This provocative tale will resonate with many in the era of the #MeToo movement.”
“Holly Brown’s latest brings [...] sliced-from-the-headlines story of male and female power played out against a twenty-four hour news cycle [...] raising the titular question: Have we really come anywhere at all?”
“How Far She’s Come by Holly Brown is a powerful deep-dive into the zeitgeist that is the ‘Me Too’ phenomenon [...] the breathtaking conclusion is guaranteed to leave you cheering and weeping for how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go.”
“Not only a timely examination of women in the workplace, How Far She’s Come asks important questions about power, trust, and identity. I couldn’t put it down.”
“One of the first works of fiction I’ve seen encapsulate the #metoo era, How Far She’s Come is a chilling look at the savagery of the internet and the way feminist ideals in the workplace can be crushed by the weight of men. [...] I loved everything about this book!”
“Edgy, surprising, and incredibly timely, this twisty workplace thriller will have bookclubs buzzing! When a gorgeous internet sensation wants her life back, how far will she push the big-wigs to get retribution and revenge?”
“Holly Brown’s How Far She’s Come is a chilling workplace thriller, shockingly relevant, terrifyingly plausible in the entertainment and news industry [...] working women get the hero we’ve been waiting for.”
“Holly Brown is a wonderful writer whose books are full of psychological insight and empathy.”
“Current, clever and compelling.”