Title: Blind Submission
Author: Debra Ginsberg
Release Date: September 25, 2007
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Angel Robinson is in a bind. The beloved bookstore where she works as a bookseller is closing, leaving her without a job. But when Angel’s boyfriend hands her an ad for a publicity assistant to the acclaimed literary agent Lucy Fiamma, she decides to give it a try. She finds a horrible working environment, completely frazzled atmosphere, and a boss that is difficult-beyond-words, but she can’t help but love her job. That is, until Angel receives a strange anonymous submission that catches her eye, one whose story seems to mirror her life to a frightening degree.
Blind Submission is a book written for readers, especially those who have worked or want to work in the publishing industry. It’s a fun and smart satire about working in a literary agency, with Alice as the poor assistant that is dumped on by the (more than slightly) crazy Lucy Fiamma. While I did love the literary aspects of this novel, the relationship between Lucy and Alice, as well as Lucy’s antics, were a little too-Devil Wears Prada for me.
Ginsberg’s writing is sharp and completely on point. Additionally, she develops Alice well, which is good because Alice is basically the only sympathetic character in the book. Alice is witty and it’s entertaining to read her notes on the manuscripts she receives (excerpts of which are included in the novel). It shows (rather than tells) how good Alice is at analyzing manuscripts, as well as how perceptive of a reader she is.
The added twist of the mysterious submission is a great touch, as it gives Alice something to focus on other than her crumbling life. Blind Submission isn’t really a mystery overall, but the question of who the anonymous author of the manuscript is will keep the reader engaged in the story. It’s understandable why Alice is so freaked out by the story; after all, it is a thinly fictionalized version of her own life, complete with intimate details about her.
If you’re looking for a quick and light read that will keep you entertained, Blind Submission is a great choice. It’s not a meaty read that you can dissect, but it’s fun, and I’m sure anyone who’s actually worked in a literary agency will be highly amused by it.