The Boys' Club: A Novel (Hardcover)
There is no shortage of novels about the legal profession in the U.S., but this book feels both original and authentic. Set in the world of "BigLaw," it tells the story of first year associate Alexandra (Alex to her friends, Al to her boyfriend) as she sets her sights on "matching" with the Mergers and Acquisitions department at her firm, a notoriously male bastion of lawyers who bill the most and behave the worst. The frat party atmosphere of booze and drugs encourages sexism and sexual harassment; the round-the-clock hours and sleep deprivation comes with a great cost to families and relationships. Will Alex match with M&A, and will her new found rampant materialism and ethical lapses cause her to lose her soul? Filled with great workplace details and well-delineated characters, it entertains as it makes the case for more women partners.
Sweetbitter meets The Firm in this buzzy, page-turning debut novel about sex and power in the halls of corporate America.
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Alex Vogel has always been a high achiever who lived her life by the book—star student and athlete in high school, prelaw whiz in college, Harvard Law School degree. Accepting a dream offer at the prestigious Manhattan law firm of Klasko & Fitch, she promises her sweet and supportive longtime boyfriend that the job won’t change her.
Yet Alex is seduced by the firm’s money and energy . . . and by her cocksure male colleagues, who quickly take notice of the new girl. She’s never felt so confident and powerful—even the innuendo-laced banter with clients feels fun. In the firm’s most profitable and competitive division, Mergers and Acquisitions, Alex works around the clock, racking up billable hours and entertaining clients late into the evening. While the job is punishing, it has its perks, like a weekend trip to Miami, a ride in a client’s private jet, and more expense-account meals than she can count.
But as her clients’ expectations and demands on her increase, and Alex finds herself magnetically drawn to a handsome coworker despite her loving relationship at home, she begins to question everything—including herself. She knows the corporate world isn’t black and white, and that to reach the top means playing by different rules. But who made those rules? And what if the system rigged so that women can’t win, anyway?
When something happens that reveals the dark reality of the firm, Alex comes to understand the ways women like her are told—explicitly and implicitly—how they need to behave to succeed in the workplace. Now, she can no longer stand by silently—even if doing what’s right means putting everything on the line to expose the shocking truth.
Erica Katz is the pseudonym for a graduate of Columbia Law School who began her career at a major Manhattan law firm. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in New York City, where she’s employed at another large law firm. The Boys’ Club is her first novel.
"Written under a pseudonym by a currently practicing lawyer, The Boys’ Club tracks one woman’s entry into the male-dominated world of high-stakes law and what happens when her carefully planned life spins out of control." — Good Morning America, "New Must-Read Books for the Ultimate Escape in August"
"Fast, sharp and utterly compulsive, The Boys' Club hit me right where I live in the most satisfying way possible. Erica Katz writes a wildly juicy story of office politics with the rare warmth and empathy of a true insider." — Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network
“Compelling. . . . already one of the most talked-about books of the summer.” — Moms.com
"Sharply observed and utterly engrossing, The Boys' Club is part coming of age story, part riveting workplace drama, set in the world of big firm law where one young female associate finds that getting ahead means there are no good choices." — Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of A Good Marriage
"The Firm, but from a female perspective, with sharp insight into all it entails to succeed as a woman in corporate America. A smart and thrilling page-turner—written with intelligence, heart, and incredible insight." — Kathy Wang, author of Family Trust
“I devoured The Boys’ Club in a couple of hungry sittings - it was one of those books that I couldn’t put down without wanting to pick it right back up. Like Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter, this is a story that anyone who’s ever been young and confused and dream-driven in New York will find all too relatable. I simply loved it.” — Carola Lovering, author of Tell Me Lies
"A knowing, nuanced #MeToo story from the world of corporate law, with juicy The Wolf of Wall Street–type action." — Kirkus Reviews
“An intriguing debut. . . . Anyone who’s curious about the world of high-powered law firms will enjoy Katz’s engaging and brutal novel.” — Publishers Weekly
“Fans of books and films like The Devil Wears Prada, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Our Little Racket will be entertained by the high-powered hijinks at Klasko & Fitch. . . . Nodding to current events, Katz provides a convincing argument for the power of #MeToo while showing that many industries still have a long way to go. . . . With this fascinating look inside the skyscrapers and behind the boardroom doors, Katz puts BigLaw on trial.” — Booklist