Chambermaid by Saira Rao
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The devil holds a gavel in this wickedly entertaining debut novel about a young attorney’s eventful year clerking for a federal judge. Sheila Raj is a recent graduate of a top-ten law school with dreams of working for the ACLU but law school did not prepare her for the power-hungry sociopath, Judge Helga Friedman. While her beleaguered colleagues begin quitting their jobs, Sheila is assigned to a high-profile death penalty case and suddenly realizes that she has to survive the year as Friedman’s chambermaid--not just her sanity, but actual lives hang in the balance. With Chambermaid, debut novelist Saira Rao breaks the code of silence surrounding the clerkship and boldly takes us into the mysterious world of the third branch of the U.S. government, where the leaders are not elected and can never be fired. With its biting wit and laugh-out-loud humor, this novel will change everything you think you know about how great lawyers, and great judges, are made.

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Saira Rao grew up in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia and New York University School of Law, she completed a clerkship with a federal court of appeals judge. She lives in New York City with her husband. Chambermaid is her first novel.
Published June 17, 2008 by Grove Press. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Fresh out of Columbia Law School, Sheila is convinced that a federal clerkship for the revered Judge Helga Friedman is the key to a coveted job with the ACLU.

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Columbia Law School grad Sheila Raj accepts a clerkship from Judge Helga Friedman of the federal court of appeals in Philadelphia, and the world appears to be at her feet.

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